The Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) is an NGO that provides biodynamic research and extension service to farmers all over Egypt. Its continuous training covers in a wide range of activities related to organic farming, from composting to grape pruning to integrated pest management.
EBDA provides the training and expertise needed to enable a farmer to have his land inspected and certified as organic according to EU standards. Through multilateral cooperation with other organizations, EBDA raises awareness of the organic agricultural method that works actively with the life-giving forces of nature. Building on SEKEM’s experience, expertise and success in the biodynamic cultivation of herbs, cereals and vegetables, EBDA was the first in the world to cultivate and harvest biodynamic cotton in 1991 both on an experimental and a commercial scale.
A direct result was the landmark achievement of reducing the use of synthetic pesticides in Egypt by over 90%, from over 35000 tonnes per year to about 3000 tonnes. At the same time, the average yield of raw cotton was increased by almost 30 percent, and the fibre elasticity and overall quality was improved, compared to cotton grown with conventional methods.
To enhance the effect and efficiency of its activities and endeavours, EBDA is developing a knowledge database designed to facilitate communication and the exchange of information between all parties interested in organic and biodynamic agriculture. The rationale of the database is to serve the needs of researchers, engineers, farmers and producers in organic agriculture.