Economic Empowerment of Women in Morocco’s Argan Sector

Reporting Organization:Cowater International
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 9,800,000
Timeframe: March 28, 2018 - March 31, 2022
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Cowater International

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Morocco - $ 9,800,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (40 %)

Food Security & Agriculture (30 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (30 %)

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The purpose of this project is to enhance the economic empowerment of women in the argan sector of the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, thereby contributing to sustainable economic growth in Morocco. Project activities include: (1) capacity building, training and support for women’s co-operatives and women entrepreneurs; (2) increasing the competitiveness of the private sector and co-operatives by using innovative marketing techniques, consolidating and pooling resources for the collection and storage of raw materials, and tracking the resource; (3) enhancing market access through the preparation of international market studies and support for research and innovation; and (4) institutional strengthening of stakeholders in the argan sector. The project helps reduce gender-specific barriers and benefits 12,000 women directly through increased productivity or job opportunities. It also benefits up to 100,000 people indirectly (including men, women and children in targeted regions) through engagement and awareness activities. In addition, these outcomes have an impact on the population as a whole, as the argan sector plays an important role in the livelihoods of an estimated 2.2 million people.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women
Total Direct Population: 12,000
Total Indirect Population: 100,000
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected results of this project include: (1) a reduction in gender bias in the argan sector; (2) empowered women’s entrepreneurship in the sustainable development of argan; and (3) a reduction in cultural and social attitudes affecting women’s economic decision-making in the argan sector.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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