InnovAgroWoMed in Tunisia turns an enemy into an opportunity for women's empowerment!
The blue crab, renamed "Daech" (ISIS in Arabic) for its voracity and thanks to the incredible sense of humour of the Tunisians, has long been considered an invasive enemy that massively damages traditional fishing techniques, biodiversity and the fishing economy. It eats everything, even fishing nets, is super fast and reproduces at a furious frequency. It took a lot of scientific reflection, research and expertise to turn this enemy into an economic mini-boom generator that can create value, jobs and develop new markets.
The research teams of the InnovAgroWoMed project have also chosen the processing of fishery products, notably blue crab, as the main value chain of the project in Medenine-Tunisia, having a significant potential for employability and sustainability for women in the Medenine region.
Indeed, the beneficiaries of InnovAgroWoMed in Medenine (South-East of Tunisia) have finally seen the blue crab land on the South-East Tunisian coast. They will handle it, explore it, know how to transform it in optimal conditions, and understand all its secrets thanks to an in-depth practical session.
This practical training was preceded by a pleasant boat trip to Djerba, the island of dreams, to fish for blue crabs which are abundant on the coast at this time of year.
This blue crab practical training is organized by the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research CAWTAR, partner of InnovAgroWoMed in Tunisia, in collaboration with Tayssir Conseil and Manar Thon.
It should be recalled that for more than 10 months, the beneficiaries of Medenine have benefited from a training programme which has recently been completed by practical workshops.