March 27, 2019, USAID-SEED together with CHR Hansen- Denmark held the closing event for the seven training waves of the Dairy Capacity Building Program (CBP) at Steigenberger Hotel, Cairo attended by representatives of 6 public universities, 10 MSMEs and GOE representatives. An introductory presentation was given with the outcomes of the CBP and recommendations by Dr. Mahmoud Emara, SEED’s Dairy Value Chain advisor. Another presentation was given by Chr. Hansen, a global bio-science company that develops natural solutions for the food, agriculture and nutritional industries and concluding with a fruitful discussion about the development dairy industry in Egypt were .
The results of the Dairy CBP were supporting 52 MSMEs, 16 TOT, 22 GOE representatives & Dairy VC Stakeholders along with 200 Total Participants -36% women and 64% men- from 11 governorates while heightening the level of competency of the participants by 21%.
During the closing event, Chr. Hansen Co. presented two sessions on “White Brine Cheese Technology” and held a discussion about the challenges that the industry faces in Egypt. The main issues that were brought up in the discussion were maintaining the flavor of cheese and at the same time developing the quality of dairy production without drastically increasing the price of the final product. Another important point was the weather’s effect on the production process and how the industry can control the production process in order to meet up with international standards in hygiene as well as quality and flavor.
SEED’s Dairy Value Chain advisor presented a list of recommendations including; vocational trainings on dairy products (White Cheese, Fermented Dairy Products, etc.) to increase the productivity of MSMEs, consultancy Services & technical support, and the Technology of White Cheese Manufacturing. Finally, participants were given certificates for their participation in the capacity building program.
The partners & beneficiaries of the CBP were Misr Food Additives (MIFAD), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA), universities of Tanta, Fayoum, Alexandria and Mansoura as well as several NGOs.