InnovAgroWoMed
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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

InnovAgroWoMed
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
%
13%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

6
Partners
4
Countries
11
Technical outputs

Project duration

Start date
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Partnership

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Project outputs

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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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Meet the InnovAgroWoMed Consortium: CAWTAR, Tunisia

We often talk about what they do in the project, but rarely about who they are, these women and men who are behind the implementation of InnovAgroWoMed.

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InnovAgroWoMed: The review of an intense and challenging first year!

A year like no other, strongly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meet the InnovAgroWoMed Consortium

We often talk about what they do in the project, but rarely about who they are, these women and men who are behind the implementation of InnovAgroWoMed.

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InnovAgroWoMed celebrates the International Day of Rural Women

On October 15, ENI CBC Med Programme organized a webinar on the theme "Unleashing the potential of Mediterranean women in rural areas: constraints and solutions in the COVID-19 era".

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InnovAgroWoMed: The research team holds a follow-up meeting

The research team of the InnovAgroWoMed project organized a follow-up and coordination meeting on October 6, during which a status on the progress of the research was presented to the partners.

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[InnovAgroWoMed] The monthly interview: Inaam Abu Musallam, founder of “Make a Wish”

Everything started when her son needed a diet that included healthy meals to help him lose weight. She started preparing these meals and snacks for him at home. These meals we…

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InnovAgroWoMed: a team meeting dedicated to project management

On September 24, 2020, a meeting was held and dedicated specifically to the management of the project.

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Palestine: InnovAgroWoMed is looking for an external auditor

The Palestinian Business Women Association - Asala is looking for an external auditor under the InnovAgroWoMed project.

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Meet the InnovAgroWoMed Consortium: #Guest1: University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

We often talk about what they are doing in, but very little about who they are, these women and men who are behind the implementation of the InnovAgroWoMed project. Today we w…

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InnovAgroWoMed project is looking for an audiovisual production agency

The deadline for the submission of tenders is Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 3 p.m.

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InnovAgroWoMed - The monthly interview: Soumaya Atoui, founder of "Healthy & Bnin"

What started as an amateur blog quickly became a business: read the story of Soumaya, a talented young lady from Tunisia who created “Health…

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Meeting between InnovAgroWoMed and AQUACYCLE & CLIMA projects: Together we are more efficient!

The meeting, hosted by Center of Arab Women for Training and Researches “CAWTAR”, was an opportunity to explore potential synergies and coll…

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Open call for tenders: technical assistance for the InnovAgroWoMed project

CAWTAR is looking for expert(s) in Communication, Networking and Awareness Raising. Deadline for submitting offers is 20th of August 2020 at 01:00 PM (Tunis time).

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InnovAgroWoMed - The monthly interview: Souha Ben Mehrez, Tunisian beekeeper

Read the story of Souha Ben Mehrez, a 26 years old Tunisian agronomist engineer turned beekeeper.

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InnovAgroWoMed team prepares for the upcoming activities

The InnovAgroWoMed project team submitted its first progress report on July 1st, 2020, a few weeks after the kick-off webinar held on June 16th.

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Successful kick-off for InnovAgroWoMed project

The InnovAgroWoMed project was officially launched during its kick-off webinar held on June 16th in the presence of more than 120 participants for about 3 hours.

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Tunisia: InnovAgroWoMed is looking for researchers in women empowerment and agri-food sector

CAWTAR is is looking for researchers in women empowerment and agri-food sector to coordinate and implement the WP3 "research for the development of the training model&quo…

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13 June 2020
InnovAgroWoMed – Tunisia: Meeting with Minister of Women, Family, Children and the Elderly

The Executive Director of CAWTAR, Dr. Soukaina Bouraoui, held a working session with Ms. Asma Alssahiri, the Tunisian Minister of Women, Family, Children and the Elderly.

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03 June 2020
InnovAgroWoMed, a project aimed at increasing the employability of Mediterranean women in the agri-food sector

Despite the strong potential of the agri-food sector on both sides of the Mediterranean, figures still indicate alarming rates of unemployme…

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18 May 2020
Tunisia: the InnovAgroWoMed project is looking for an external auditor

The deadline for the receipt of bids is 19 June 2020.

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11 May 2020
InnovAgroWoMed: Women for the transition, Women for the generation...

A lucid analysis of what is needed to support women entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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27 April 2020
InnovAgroWoMed: empowering Mediterranean women in the agri-food sector

The innovAgroWoMed project, based on rural social innovation paradigm, represents an effective opportunity to increase women employability in the agri-food sector. 

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25 April 2020
InnovAgroWoMed project team e-meeting

The InnovAgroWoMed project team discussed ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the project implementation plan.

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22 April 2020
InnovAgroWoMed: supporting women entrepreneurship in the agro-food sector

InnovAgroWoMed expects to train 140 women in marketable skills and to define four job profiles according to the needs of the agri-food sector.