finance & economy

FAO-supported digital platform for female farmers launches in Tunisia

August 5, 2021

TAP) - A web and mobile platform of agricultural services geared towards female farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs was launched in Tunisia with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) .

The project, dubbed Aggricus, was launched by two young Tunisian women, Marwa Fersi and Sawsen Bouguerra. It is part of partnership with the Smart Tunisian Technoparks that fits within the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency -funded regional project Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity and Water Sustainability in NENA Countries

The platform is intended to meet common and basic needs of rural women when it comes to marketing local products, promoting hand-made products and building their skills in digital marketing.

The platform offers three services, namely a marketplace for marketing agricultural produce and local products, e-assistance and e-learning for the development of rural women's abilities.

Women play a major role in the rural economy. They contribute in various ways to increasing the income of their families, in addition to the daily household chores.

In most cases, these activities are non-revenue-generating activities or poorly paid. Rural women have an ancestral know-how and perform additional tasks, such as weaving, small-scale processing of agricultural products or even breeding so as to secure their autonomy and economic independence, the organisation said.

However, they face barriers generated by social norms and gender-based discrimination. This makes access to sources of financing, markets and services more difficult.

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