Project profile — Empowering Women Through the Development of Forestry Cooperatives in Morocco

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Empowering Women Through the Development of Forestry Cooperatives in Morocco - Overview
SOCODEVI - Canadian Cooperation Society for International Development (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2020-03-19 - 2025-03-19
Country / region • Morocco (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (30.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business Development Services (25030) (20.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (30.00%)
• Forestry
Forestry policy and administrative management (31210) (10.00%)
• Forestry
Forestry development (31220) (10.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (principal objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (significant objective)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to improve the living conditions of women and men in rural communities who are members of forestry cooperatives in the Middle Atlas and the Eastern Plateau of Morocco. The project targets women members of rosemary and cedar cooperatives, in particular. The project aims to improve the well-being of 10,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries belonging to vulnerable rural communities, members of ten forestry cooperatives. The project aims to improve the performance of forestry cooperatives to create and sustain decent jobs, including at least 2,000 jobs for women, by supporting sustainable management and processing of rosemary and cedar. Furthermore, the project supports these cooperatives in the diversification of their economic activities and in the creation and improvement of sustainable services that meet the differentiated needs of their members. Project activities include: (1) rolling-out an awareness program for the beneficiaries on the importance and benefits of egalitarian relationships within the household; (2) offering a field-school training program aimed particularly at women on sustainable management operations for cedar and rosemary; (3) providng a training program to elected officials and managers on the equal participation of women in cooperatives; (4) providing support and advice to elected officials on the development of business plans and cooperative financing; and (5) carrying out technical and economic analyzes with the Department of Water and Forests of Morocco on the commercial potential of forestry cooperatives.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) empowerment of women in supported rural communities taking into account climate change and environmental sustainability; (2) improved performance of the supported cooperatives in maintaining and generating decent and sustainable services and jobs, particularly for rural women; and (3) strengthened the capacity of Moroccan public stakeholders in promoting sustainable, egalitarian and inclusive economic development of forestry cooperatives.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) 330 people have participated in the awareness program on the importance and benefits of gender equality within the household, including the equitable distribution of domestic tasks, the promotion of positive masculine traits and behaviors, and gender-based violence; (2) 330 people (26% of whom are youth) have participated in the training program on sustainable development and packaging of cedar and rosemary; and (3) 10 cooperatives and 3 unions have been trained on the PerformCoop approach: an innovative tool created by SOCODEVI which facilitates the work of specialists from diagnosis to evaluation. This tool allows them to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to plan and monitor activities, and is accessible, both online and offline, from the same platform.



Original budget $1,500,000
Planned Disbursement $1,950,000
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