EGYPT: Sekem’s Regenerative Agriculture Movement & Whole System Carbon Credits by EoL

How Sekem’s regenerative agriculture movement inspired a Whole System Carbon Credit program, EoL, owned & run by the Egyptian Biodynamic Association. Sekem’s method presents a market-based solution that supports farmer livelihood and fosters food security, community health & biodiversity while counteracting climate change.

The EoL Whole System Carbon Credit standard is inspired by SEKEM’s pioneering experience in organic farming, and are operated by the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA). The approach combines regenerative agriculture with agroforestry and renewable energy to lock up 20 tons of carbon per acre per year. As it spreads, it could cut at least half of Egypt’s carbon footprint. The Sekem approach is a model for programs globally, and can be replicated to become half the solution to the climate crisis.
(Film about Sekem’s whole system approach by John D. Liu, 6 min)

Overview & Method

Resources that introduce the Sekem & EoL methods and approaches.

Creating Agricultural Carbon Credits for a Sustainable Future in Egypt ->
(An overview of the initiative)

Confronting The Climate Crisis With Food Systems Transformation ->
(Overview of the initiative, by Global Alliance Future of Food)

Whole Systems Standards for EoL Carbon Credits ->
(Details about the EoL Standard of Ethics – outlining the strong socio-cultural guidelines for EoL farmers)

Upscaling EoL Carbon Credits to 40K Farmers ->
(An overview of the initiative to scale)

Why this initiative matters for climate change

The EoL program presents a market based solution to solving the climate crisis – supporting farmer livelihood and shifting from highly subsidized and large emission operations towards becoming climate positive and financially independent

In Dialogue with Helmy Abouleish, CEO, Sekem

Helmy Abouleish is CEO of the SEKEM Initiative, which seeks to promote sustainable development in Egypt through the production of diversified organic and biodynamic products. Founded in 1977 by his father, Abouleish explains how SEKEM has placed education at the center of the organization’s vision by establishing educational programs for employees and founding schools such as Heliopolis University in Cairo. (Video by Harvard Business School)

Farmer Success Stories

Hear success stories from farmers who have transitioned to biodynamic farming that improves farmer quality of life, and regenerates soil & communities while mitigating climate change.

Ali Abdelftah Muqleed. Owner, Muqleed Farm

We preferred biodynamic agriculture because it was cost effective and gave us a good yield. It’s a healthy practice, with lower costs and higher returns on our land and our animals’ health.

Ali Farag, Engineer Supporting Farmers in Transition to Biodynamic Methods

Detailed Supporting Documents and Research

Academic and peer-reviewed reports that describe and validate EoL Carbon & Systems Credits.
The Future of Agriculture in Egypt.

The Future of Agriculture in Egypt: Comparative Full Cost Accounting Study of Organic and Conventional Food Production Systems in Egypt (2016) 
Study prepared for the Carbon Footprint Center by Eng. Thoraya Seada Dr. Ramy Mohamed Mr. Tobias Fletscher Mr. Helmy Abouleish Mr. Maximilian Abouleish-Boes and in cooperation with the Heliopolis University

Carbon credits from organic and biodynamic agriculture as a tool for shifting the economic paradigm.

Heliopolis University (2023)
Research comparing yield, water usage, carbon sequestration and cost benefit metrics for conventional, organic and biodynamic crops.

Detailed Description of the EoL Carbon Credit Program

Economy of Love, Egyptian Biodynamic Association. (2023) 110pgs.
EoL Carbon Credit program details and frequently asked questions.

EoL Carbon Validation Manual

Economy of Love, Egyptian Biodynamic Association. (2023).
Detailed carbon credit system verification and transparency practices.

Future Economy Forum Vision

The Future Economy Forum convenes leaders across sectors to scale solutions for a new mainstream that integrates economic success with regeneration of people and planet.

The FEF’s Initiative highlights and supports agriculture approaches that demonstrate proven, scalable success for transforming the global food and agriculture systems towards regeneration.

How you can get involved

-> Suggest an agricultural initiative for consideration.
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