Our SEKEM Farm is the starting point and centre of our work in Egypt. For more than 30 years, products including fruits and vegetables, medicinal herbs, cereals, and fodder have been cultivated there in an organic way. Despite numerous obstacles such as the extremely dry desert soil and a lacking infrastructure, in the course of the years, we were able to turn desert sand into fertile soil, among other measures, by means of professional compost production.
Today, six separate companies form our SEKEM Group, which processes precious Demeter raw materials into high-quality textiles, natural medication, and a variety of groceries. SEKEM Teas are known and popular throughout Egypt, with increasing exports every year.
In Germany, SEKEM products are distributed by Davert. We are proud to say that SEKEM and Davert have established a deep connection and long-standing relationship in the food-processing industry.
How it all started
In 1977, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish returned to Egypt following several years of working as a pharmacologist in Austria, Germany, and USA. His vision was a community of people from all nations and cultures, who work together, learn how to look after soil, and serve the community. For this purpose, he purchased an untouched stretch of desert (70 hectares) 60 km northeast of Cairo, and founded the SEKEM initiative – a place for sustainable, social, and cultural development of the Egyptian people. Today, we employ nearly 2,000 employees, ensuring a fair livelihood for them and their families.
What SEKEM does
SEKEM assumes responsibility.
SEKEM’s medical centre provides healthcare for our employees and community members living in the surrounding villages. In addition, we offer projects on the subject of women’s rights, training measures for midwives, and schools that raise the people’s awareness about sanitation and hygiene. The SEKEM employee cooperative organises occupational pensions, a social fund for sudden emergency cases as well as education and leisure activities, while informing employees on their rights.
SEKEM invests in Egypt’s future.
In SEKEM’s school with nursery classes and vocational training centre, approximately 600 children and young persons receive school education. But also our SEKEM employees engage in further trainings during their working hours on a regular basis. Moreover, SEKEM’s research facilities support the further development of future-oriented, environmentally compatible farming and processing measures.
SEKEM produces according to strict Demeter standards.
Far beyond the EU-Eco-Regulation – free from pesticides and other harmful substances. The accredited, independent certification body COAE as well as other independent laboratories regularly check the quality of our products. Our farms have been examined and certified by TÜV Süd according to the ISO and HACCP international quality standards, also complying with GlobalGAP standard. In addition to cultivation on our own farms, SEKEM has been able to win over more than 200 famers as partners for a biological-dynamic agriculture.
For SEKEM fair trade is an inner principle.
Social security, medical care, cultural offers, and educational institutions for our employees and their families as well as long-term agreements with other farmers embody this principle. This includes training offers but also events such as intercultural festivals, theatre performances, and concerts.
SEKEM relies on best raw materials.
Our "Siwi" dates grow in the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert. On our SEKEM Farm, the dates are carefully cleaned, pitted, and sorted, before they are processed into various delicacies. Sesame also plays a significant role in traditional Egyptian cooking, for instance, in typical specialities such as Tahina (sesame paste) and Halawa (sesame sweets). Harvesting of our precious raw materials is performed by hand.