The spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Colonel Gharib Abdel Hafez, stated in a phone-in Saturday evening that the elimination of terrorism over the past years was not merely a security work.
A press statement issued by the Ministry of Local Development on Wednesday indicated the top five governorates that received funds through the programme.
Gad al-Karim pointed out that 96 percent of land plots required by the whole initiative have been made available by the concerned governmental entities.
The pilot phase alone is worth LE5.4 billion ($337.5 million), and had as beneficiaries 4.5 million citizens.
Those live in low-income rural villages.
That is through the Ministry of Social Solidarity and civil associations to enhance the living conditions of beneficiaries.
Egyptians consume 18 million tons of wheat per annum, producing around half the quantity and importing the rest.
October 17 was marked as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992.
The budget allocated to the initiative is LE700 billion, and the number of beneficiaries is 58 million.
The total number of villages targeted by the initiative is 4,600 lying across 20 governorates.
Within "Decent Life" initiative, natural gas will be introduced in four million households located in 1,337 villages extending pipes over 16,000 kilometers.
The official elaborated that 94 percent of beneficiaries live in Upper Egypt.
More than 95 percent of the targets of the first phase of Haya Karima initiative has been accomplished in 143 villages, head of the project, Mohamed Abdel Fattah, said Wednesday.
The project – worth LE500 million – covers 1,500 villages housing 50-55 million dwellers, who compose half of the Egyptian population.
The first batch is worth LE50 million.
Egypt Today met with a number of female breadwinners who were forced to work under hard circumstances to earn a living.
U.S. and British families visited Fowa town in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate in April, where they experienced Egyptian rural life, culture and handicraft.