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


SOCODEVI - Canadian Cooperation Society for International Development (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2020-03-19 - 2025-03-19
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Morocco (100.00%)


• 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 policy and administrative management:
Forestry policy and administrative management (31210) (10.00%)
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 (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


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 2023 include : (1) trained 125 leaders, managers and member-leaders of 11 cooperatives on the PerformCoop Approach of the Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI); (2) completed 10 business and financing plans for cooperatives; (3) delivered 20 investment projects in infrastructure, equipment and technology; (4) trained 117 women in women's leadership; (5) enrolled 160 women in literacy training; (6) trained 282 people in social economy workcamps (CÉS) on the importance and benefits of egalitarian relationships within the household; (7) set up seven gender equality committees in cooperatives; (8) trained 282 people in CÉS on good technical and environmental practices, including 78 people for cedar cooperatives. Of these, 154 women and 107 men attended at least 60% of the sessions; (9) 11 cooperatives implemented good harvesting, packaging and environmental practices; (10) organized a national workshop to review the diagnosis of rosemary and a national workshop to review the diagnosis of the cedar wood value chain. In addition, two work sessions were held to validate the content of the cedar wood diagnosis, and training and awareness-raising sessions were organized on gender equality issues. Beneficiaries are provincial development agents and gender equality focal points; and (11) developed three tree nursery sites.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,500,000
Planned disbursement $857,610
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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