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Social Innovation in the Agri-food sector for Women’s Empowerment in the Mediterranean sea basin

About the project

On both sides of the Mediterranean Sea, there is a common trend in terms of low women empowerment and participation in the labor force. InnovAgroWoMed project aims at boosting women labor participation and entrepreneurship, by leveraging on the potential of the agri-food sector - an industry closely linked to the cultural identity of the Mediterranean region - and showing a significant level of untapped potential in terms of innovation and growth. While countries such as Spain and Italy feature comparatively high levels of growth in the agri-food sector, albeit, with very low levels of women participation, the MENA agricultural business is still fragmented, and with low women employment. This project will focus on two European regions (Valencia, Spain and Sicily, Italy) and two MENA areas (Béja and Médenine in Tunisia, and Palestine), identified as suitable for the implementation and scaling up of a sustainable value model in the agri-food sector: Rural Social Innovation (RSI). RSI redefines the boundaries between organizations and the community, addressing broader societal challenges by seeking economic, social and environmental sustainability, balancing tradition and innovation and explicitly seeking community development at the local level. 

Key information

Social Innovation in the Agri-food sector for Women’s Empowerment in the Mediterranean sea basin
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.1 Professionalization of young people (NEETS) and women
Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Palestine

Financial data

2.8 million
Total budget
2.4 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

The innovative RSI model, tailored according to the local needs, ensures that the women after the intensive training programs will have the necessary skills to be competitive and more prepared to find a job or become entrepreneurs. This will allow them not only to find a job but also a “sustainable” and desirable job as it will transform them into real agents of change in the rural contexts they live in, reducing poverty and boosting social inclusion. 

Who will benefit?

  • 140 young women, especially NEETS, in rural areas of Italy, Palestine, Spain and Tunisia
  • Local agri-food businesses

Expected achievements

  • 140 women trained in marketable skills in the agri-food sector
  • 4 job profiles defined according to the needs of the agri-food sector
  • 4 coaching and mentoring programmes
  • 4 traineeship programmes for women on Rural Social Innovation
  • 2 agro-business fora to match job profiles with local business needs
  • 4 agreements for a local agri-food stakeholder network to help match between job offers and demand
  • 112 women with a sustainable job by the end of the project

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