Project profile — Economic Empowerment of Women in Morocco’s Argan Sector

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Economic Empowerment of Women in Morocco’s Argan Sector - Overview
Cowater International Inc. (XM-DAC-61009)
2018-03-28 - 2023-09-30
Country / region • Morocco (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (40.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (40.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The purpose of this project is to enhance the economic empowerment of women in the argan sector of the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, thereby contributing to sustainable economic growth in Morocco. Project activities include: (1) capacity building, training and support for women’s co-operatives and women entrepreneurs; (2) increasing the competitiveness of the private sector and co-operatives by using innovative marketing techniques, consolidating and pooling resources for the collection and storage of raw materials, and tracking the resource; (3) enhancing market access through the preparation of international market studies and support for research and innovation; and (4) institutional strengthening of stakeholders in the argan sector. The project helps reduce gender-specific barriers and benefits 12,000 women directly through increased productivity or job opportunities. It also benefits up to 100,000 people indirectly (including men, women and children in targeted regions) through engagement and awareness activities. In addition, these outcomes have an impact on the population as a whole, as the argan sector plays an important role in the livelihoods of an estimated 2.2 million people.

Expected results

The expected results of this project include: (1) a reduction in gender bias in the argan sector; (2) empowered women’s entrepreneurship in the sustainable development of argan; and (3) a reduction in cultural and social attitudes affecting women’s economic decision-making in the argan sector.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include : (1) conducted an awareness campaign involving the organization of 199 workshops. The workshops welcomed 8,406 beneficiaries, of which 3,928 were women and 4,478 were men, i.e. a female participation rate of 47%; (2) implemented a soft skills program. This is a program of support and capacity building that has welcomed 3,000 members of cooperatives; (3) organized 71 workshops on financial education which benefited 1,071 members of 72 cooperatives; (4) set up a geographic information system on the predictability of the harvest of argan fruits; (5) finalized the last report of the international market study for the export of argan oil products; (6) accompanied 156 cooperatives for certification to international standards; (7) raised awareness of 1,500 members of cooperatives on forms of violence against women; and (8) covered the cost associated with the renewal of private health insurance for 1,450 women members of 97 cooperatives. The insurance includes medical care and maternity benefits.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $621,159
Transaction Date Type Value
07-09-2023 Disbursement $362,510
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