Project profile — Supporting Women Cooperatives and Associations in the Agro-Food Sector

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Supporting Women Cooperatives and Associations in the Agro-Food Sector - Overview
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (XM-DAC-41301)
2018-05-03 - 2022-12-31
Country / region • Lebanon (100.00%)
Sector • Secondary Education
Vocational training (11330) (35.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Women’s equality organisations and institutions (15170) (5.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (23.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (37.00%)
Policy marker • Trade development (significant objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to improve the livelihoods of rural Lebanese and Syrian refugee women and contributes to their empowerment through training in business management, communication skills and legal issues related to women’s rights. This project supports women-led cooperatives and associations to establish sustainable income-generating enterprises. It supports an enabling environment for women by reinforcing the capacity of relevant institutions and organisations to provide more equitable services. It also provides training to Ministry of Agriculture staff in mainstreaming gender equality in the development of policies and strategies in the agricultural sector. It empowers women in achieving equal participation in Lebanon’s economy, and improves their access to and control over resources. Project activities include: (1) increasing awareness of the rights and roles of women at the family and community levels, and this among all levels of society in targeted rural areas; (2) increasing the capacity of the General Directorate of Cooperatives (GDC) to improve their management information system for the registration and monitoring of cooperatives, including a data tracking system based on sex disaggregated data; (3) increasing the awareness of the need for more gender-responsive services from government institutions and non-governmental organizations at national and local levels; (4) increasing the knowledge in the development of business plans and technical aspects of small-scale agri-food enterprise development for targeted rural women cooperatives/associations; and (5) increasing the capacity of women cooperatives/associations to improve productivity in local agro-food business ventures. .

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved enabling social and cultural environment for rural women’s economic empowerment is created; and (2) increased participation of women cooperatives/associations in local economies to establish and/or expand sustainable agri-food income-generating enterprises.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) gender mainstreaming training for 255 women cooperatives and groups, and gender awareness training and the launch of the gender awareness campaign scheduled for throughout 2021; (2) training for 37 staff members of the General Directorate of Cooperatives (of whom 23 are women) on business process design, development, mapping, monitoring, and strategic management; (3) the completion of a desk review of women’s challenges and opportunities in the agri-food sector through 40 key informant interviews; (4) the training for 621 individuals (of whom 577 are women) representing 261 women groups on business and market analysis, operational and financial planning, risk management and performance monitoring; (5) technical support for 138 women groups developing small-scale agri-food enterprise business plans; and (6) the hiring of 636 Syrian refugees (of whom 461 are women) to provide a total of 18,364 work days to support the implementation of women cooperatives’ business plans.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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