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SELMA - Support to the local agriculture, micro-enterprise and women's and youth empowerment in Tunisia




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,348,000
€ 485,000


This project, through an integrated and multi-stakeholder approach in territorial management, aims to create opportunities for training and development of micro-businesses by creating a pole of diffusion of agro-ecological behavior in production and consumption. The main target group will be women and young men in precarious conditions, potentially carriers of business initiatives aimed at promoting the short supply chain, proximity markets, biodiversity and (even processed) healthy, safe, fair and nutritious products, created with innovative, sustainable methods with low energy and water consumption.For them, professional training courses will be provided on agro-ecology, product processing, marketing and financial inclusion to facilitate the access of their entrepreneurial initiatives to the system of social and solidarity economy.To this end, the agricultural training centre for women in Chebedda, managed by UNFT - Tunisian National Women's Union, which is already a multifunctional and reference point for the whole territory, will be strengthened, transforming it into a centre of excellence in the agro-ecological field: at the same time, it will be a place for experimentation (of innovative techniques, of sustainable crops with a high economic and nutritional value, of renewable energy) and a space for professional training in sustainable production and business creation. At the heart of the project is gender empowerment to enhance the role of women, also through the involvement of families in a dialogue on the sharing of responsibilities.The natural and ecological products in their entire cycle (from the land to the packaging to the market) from both the centre and the supported micro-enterprises, will be collected under the same quality brand and promoted through creative marketing actions and activities to raise awareness in schools and among citizens on the correct eating habits, strengthening the relationship of the centre with the surrounding community. The involvement of all the main institutional and social actors (municipalities, businesses, schools, civil society) will create a structure of territorial planning for sustainable agricultural production, access to healthy food, the preservation of resources and resilience towards the risks deriving from climate change. read more close

Year Committed Used
2019 € 1,348,000 € 485,000


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 22000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-011904-01-2
  • CRS Activity identifier2019000284
  • Expected start date 2019/09/01
  • Completion date 2022/08/31
  • Finance type Standard grant
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Untied


  • 15170 - Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions 40%
  • 31120 - Agricultural development 40%
  • 43040 - Rural development 20%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition not targeted
  • Aid to Environment principal objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 15.3 - By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
  • 15.9 - By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training