“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)
This widely accepted definition points to the following dimensions of food security:
The availability of sufficient quantities of food of appropriate quality, supplied through domestic production or imports (including food aid).
Access by individuals to adequate resources (entitlements) for acquiring appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. Entitlements are defined as the set of all commodity bundles over which a person can establish command given the legal, political, economic and social arrangements of the community in which they live (including traditional rights such as access to common resources).
Utilization of food through adequate diet, clean water, sanitation and health care to reach a state of nutritional well-being where all physiological needs are met. This brings out the importance of non-food inputs in food security.
To be food secure, students, employees or individual must have access to adequate food at all times. They should not risk losing access to food as a consequence of sudden shocks (e.g. an economic or climatic crisis) or cyclical events (e.g. seasonal food insecurity). The concept of stability can therefore refer to both the availability and access dimensions of food security.
Food Security Program Aims at:
- Reducing hunger among students where the university provided aids to them that cost (355,300 LE) in (2019/2020). University efforts didn’t include students only but they were extended to reach employees, academic staff and their assistants via reducing the cost of the provided meals.
- Increasing the productive efficiency of agricultural production at the university by planting vegetables and fruits in the farms of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Via the following:
- Planting (8) greenhouses for the production of (okra – zucchini – strawberry – cucumber – pepper) in the faculty farm outside the university
- Planting (7) acres of fruit (grapes – mango, Kate / Nayomi) in the faculty farm outside the university.
- Planting half an acre with different varieties of fruit as student model .
- Allocating (9) acres for animal and poultry production as an educational research farm. They aims at providing production to serve the local market in Aswan Governorate in the faculty farm at Aneiba.
The university provides full support to students through social solidarity to complete their study stages where they can get meals at nominal prices, and can apply for a student solidarity program to get meals for free.
Capacities and Infrastructure for Providing Food Security
First: Faculty Farm in Sahary outside the Campus:
A land for faculty farm was allocated in Sahary, Airport road which occupies about 50 acres opposite to the university. Preparation for the farm started since October 2019 where a strip shaped scheme was made to be a model, educational, service and indicative farm.
It includes the following:
Research Unit for Study of Tropical Plants
The unit works on serving the local community through applying research results related to the study of tropical plants and their extracts and medicinal effects, as well as cell and molecular biology studies. And the use of the latest biological technologies and methods to raise the production efficiency of some strains of tropical plants. In addition to using the latest technologies and agricultural methods in the process of producing some strains of plants that are resistant to difficult climatic conditions.
The eastern part of the unit included an area about 2500 meters and was supplied with 7 drip irrigation lines with a length of 75 meters for each line and planted with a variety of drought-resistant plants.
Fish hatchery at the Faculty of Fish and Fisheries Technology
The Fish hatchery consists of a hall for fish hatching and a fish nutrition and disease laboratory, which contains a number of laboratory equipment for teaching the practical part of the courses and to serve postgraduate students. The hatchery also contains the manufacturing and biotechnology department, which is a new section under construction.
The goal of establishing the hatchery is practical training for undergraduate students in the faculty on hatchery, production, care and feeding of fish and training on all operations related to Aquaculture.
Forms of Support
Students need much basic requirements to complete their academic study stages while they are facing many financial problems as a result of insufficient income, the exact issue with which Social Solidity Fund concerned.
- Achieving students’ different types of Social Insurance (insurance and social care,)
- Helping in implementing the students’ services
- Helping in solving the problem that faces students and prevents them from continuing their studies.
According to financial and administrative regulation that was issued by the central fund for university students social solidarity no. 968 for 1982, most university students suffer financial problems due to the poor living conditions, a matter that prevents them from buying university books, paying tuition fees, and other essential requirements for completing their academic stage. So the Social Solidarity Fund was created for helping these students.
Fund Services, Conditions, and required documents:
- Paying Tuition Fees
- Financial aid for university book
- Getting medical glasses
- Getting clothes(in-kind assistance, stationary)
- Getting meals
- Supporting graduation projects
- Monthly aids for students with chronic diseases
How can you get the service?
- Get a form from the student’s care office
- Fill the form
- Submit the form to the student’s care office
- Get social research from the social unit affiliated to the student’s residence
- A report of the family’s income(salary breakdown, pension report, agricultural holding, entrepreneur)
- Original copy and a copy of the parent’s national ID
- A copy of the current and the previous year’s student’s ID
- A father’s photo
- If the father is dead, a copy of the death certificate is required
- In a case that the parent has a chronic disease and hasn’t the ability to earn his living, a medical report is required
- In a case that the student is handicapped or has a chronic disease, a medical report is required
- No fees are required except 50 piasters which are paid with the tuition fees; moreover, it shall be removed for the students who are exempted from paying tuition fees.
- 2 pounds are paid with tuition fees as fees for the subscription for personal accidents.
- Approval is required after a month’s from the application date.
- In a case that the student isn’t granted the service in the target date, he/ she shall contact the university administration or the administrative control authority.
Terms of Getting Aid:
- The student shall be Egyptian
- The student shan’t have been exposed to any university penalties
- Not flunking.
- The family’s monthly income average shall not exceed the limit determined by the fund.
1000 students got the service with a total sum of 361200 EGP. varied between financial aid, paying tuition fees as well as paying the university dorms fees.
Ibn Sabeel “Misr Al Kheer” Protocol:
Aswan University signed a cooperation protocol to implement the “Ibn Al Sabeel” project of Misr Al Kheer foundation as one of the Zakat channels inside the university. The protocol includes paying for the needed students the dorm fees, tuition fees as well as TOEFL fees for postgraduate students in addition to supporting graduation projects for the expatriate students or the students whose residence is 85 km far from the university and the low-income families.
Services Provided for Students with Special Needs:
Aswan University provides services to disabled students to ensure they are successfully dealing with university activities and programs.
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As a part of providing students support, the Dignified Aswan University Council headed by its President Prof. Ahmed Ghallab Mohammed Ibrahim agreed on its 86th session for the 1st of Safar 1441 AH corresponding to 30th of Sept. 2019 on Financial Supporting for Student Meals “Support Decree“