Project profile — Social economy project of agricultural services for rural women in Tunisia


UPA DI - Union des producteurs agricoles - développement international (CA-CRA_ACR-3137222279)
2022-02-23 - 2026-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Tunisia (100.00%)


• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (89.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (11.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• 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)


This project aims to economically empower agri-food processors in Tunisia and equip them with the tools and expertise needed to become more resilient in the face of climate change over 4 years (2022-2026). The project focuses on poverty reduction, the promotion of gender equality and the economic empowerment of women and girls. It seeks to address the lack of training, inaccessibility to financing opportunities, and lack of female leadership within the agricultural and agri-food sectors, as well as the poor integration of gender-based considerations and perspectives in public policy. Project activities include: (1) providing training to improve existing agri-food practices and the management of energy, water and waste; (2) conducting an analysis of policy frameworks, issues and opportunities related to women's management of Mutual Agricultural Service Societies (MASS) which consider the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change; and (3) increasing MASS’s capacities to provide financing opportunities, and product packaging, promotion, negotiation and distribution services to agri-food processors, especially women. The project directly benefits 21,000 people and indirectly affects 144,000 people.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) use of climate change mitigation and adaptation practices by women agri-food processors; (2) increased access to financial services and training programs for women agri-food processors; (3) increased empowerment of women in the management and governance of MASS offering economical services and training programs.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,749,000
Planned disbursement $1,762,128
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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