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1 Gender empowerment for a sustainable rural development in the Mediterranean area 30 th 31 st march 2012, CORNELL UNIVERSITY ITHACA, New York USA Rosanna Quagliariello, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari CIHEAM-IAMBari, Italy

2 CIHEAM CIHEAM Founded in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organisation comprising thirteen member countries from the Mediterranean Basin (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey).

3 FOUR MEDITERRANEAN AGRONOMIC INSTITUTES Training areas and research fields IAM-Bari, Italy Water resources management Protection of fruit crops Organic agriculture Sustainable development IAM-Chania, Greece Food quality Horticultural genetics and biotechnology Sustainable agriculture Environmental management Business economics and management IAM-Montpellier, France Rural societies and territories Public policies Rural development Chains and actor s strategies IAM-Zaragoza, Spain Plant and animal production Integrated rural approach Product markets and marketing Fisheries and aquaculture

4 Land and water resources management CIHEAM-IAMBari INSTITUTIONAL MISSION and THEMATIC AREAS Integrated pest management of Mediterranean fruit crops Education International Cooperation Applied Research Sustainable agriculture and rural development Mediterranean organic agriculture

5 EDUCATION & TRAINING EDUCATION & TRAINING Education to Excellence ( ) Every year more than 100 worldwide students are enrolled on our fulltime diploma courses, including scholarship students.

6 RESEARCH RESEARCH Applied Research Activities Applied research activity based on a problem-solving approach to solve peculiar problems of the Mediterranean region. Actions are designed and carried out in a rigorously scientific manner, relying upon basic knowledge and sustainable innovative solutions for the target areas. Couple the most advanced scientific and technological knowledge with effective and practical solutions in the areas where they will be applied to produce the best impact on the territory and local populations.

7 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION Through cooperation, CIHEAM-IAMBari promotes quite significant partnership actions in the Mediterranean region contributing to upgrading and developing the agricultural sector and protecting the environment with a view to progressively spreading sustainable agriculture Activities: Technical assistance to public institutions (Italian and foreign ministries, regions, provinces, municipalities); Training of managers and professionals; Applied research; Design of in-loco actions ; Publication of studies ; Transfer of know-how; Institutional Building. The main donors are : Italian Ministry of Foreign Affaires, the MiPAAF, the Puglia Region, IFAD, UNDP, FAO and the European Union.

8 Involvement of CIHEAM-IAMBari in the field of gender empowerment Dates back to the early 2000 with the organization of a specialized conference on Gender and water resources management in the Mediterranean area (Cairo, Egypt) INGEDI Eversince CIHEAM-IAMBari is actively involved in this field and has been assigned two development projects by the European Union: INGEDI ( Integration of Gender dimension in Water Management in the Mediterranean Region ) in 2005 and GEWAMED ( Mainstreaming Gender dimension into water resources development and management in the Mediterranean Region ) in 2006 GEWAMED In 2008 CIHEAM-IAMBari has promoted the establishment in Lebanon of a National Observatory for Women in Agriculture and Rural Areas NOWARA In 2012, building on the experience of "GEWAMED" project a new NETWORK, named G.EM.NET (Gender empowerment for a sustainable rural development ), is under implementation.

9 GEWAMED Project The Project in brief It s a coordinated action financed by the European Commission under the SIXTH FRAMEWORK RESEARCH PROGRAMME (FP6) Duration: 4 years + 1 and half year extension Ended: August 2011 Partners: 14 countries of the Mediterranean region and 18 institutions Lead Partner: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMBari) Overall Objective: contributing to the mainstreaming of gender dimensions in the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Mediterranean Region, by promoting a dialogue among the countries of the Region and establishing regional and national information networks and coordination structures to promote the adoption of gender sensitive policies and build a common knowledge base.

10 GEWAMED Partnership, our most valuable resource Algeria (1) Egypt (2) Jordan (3) Morocco (4) Palestine (5) Egypt (6) Tunisia (7) Turkey (8) Cyprus (9) Greece (10) Italy (11) Syria (12) Italy (13) Spain (14) Morocco (15) Lebanon (16) France (17)

11 ACHIEVEMENTS OF GEWAMED PROJECT 1. Generation and dissemination of knowledge With regards to the situation of women and men in the water sector in the Mediterranean Region. In particular new gender indicators has been gathered. HOW? text Gender surveys in most countries of the South East Mediterranean Region (SEMR); Establishment of data bases containing large amount of gender- water documents and other information; Organization of 3 Regional Thematic Seminars, one International Conference and one Final International workshop;

12 ACHIEVEMENTS OF GEWAMED PROJECT 2. Increasing the institutional capacity to deal with gender-issues Through the identification of major gender issues affecting the sector and provide orientations and policy recommendations for their resolution. HOW? Establishment of 7 National gender water networks at national level; Organization of Sub -Regional training courses and many training activities at national level; Participation and collaboration in several international events (40) and organization of national events (59); Contribution to the establishment of a Women Observatory in Lebanon (NOWARA).

13 ACHIEVEMENTS OF GEWAMED PROJECT 3. Awareness raising Awareness raising on the need for gender mainstreaming in water sector at all levels HOW? text Organization of National Policy Seminars to sensitize decision makers; Organization of Field Days to sensitize farmers on gender issues; Establishment of 9 websites; Editing and distribution of GEWAMED Newsletters on a quarterly basis.

14 The information dissemination strategy GEWAMED Website GEWAMED Newsletter

15 GEWAMED heritage GEWAMED heritage can be compared to a large archive that contributes to provide guidance and encourage recommendations, by increasing the awareness that gender discrimination is a limit that affects the effectiveness of socio-economic approach to water problems influencing a proper implementation and excluding a social group of fundamental importance. GEWAMED HERITAGE

16 GEWAMED Institutional Network The institutional network that GEWAMED was able to put together a broad platform with great potential for communication and has provided a huge extension of the debate on the issue of gender empowerment in the management of water resources with a RIPPLE EFFECT which led to extend the network of relationships and contacts. THE RIPPLE EFFECT

17 SWOT ANALYSIS of GEWAMED Project STRENGTHS OPPORTUNITIES Extensive partnership of 14 Mediterranean Countries; Strong commitment of the majority of the partners; Technological development to rely on; The ripple effect. S SWOT O Establishment of an Observatory for women in agriculture and rural areas in Lebanon (NOWARA) ; Possibility to interact with NGO s and other institutions; Great appreciation from EU representatives; Establishment of a cooperation and research network. WEAKNESSES W T THREATS Difficulty of managing an extensive partnership; Instability of the political situation in the area which influenced the work progress; Variable consideration of the gender issue from institution and decision makers; Mentality, bad habits and traditions towards women; Social factors that limit the full integration of women; Inappropriate legislation and lack of support from institution and decision makers;

18 GEWAMED Side effect The best result, side effect of GEWAMED s network of contacts and knowledge, is that the project was able to promote the creation of an observatory for women in agriculture and rural areas of Lebanon (NOWARA).

19 NOWARA The Observatory in brief Nowara is a Lebanese specialized governmental body having executive, advisory and directive tasks. It was established in 2008 by the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture and with the collaboration of CIHEAM/IAMBari and ONILFA; It provides guidance services and assistance to women working in rural areas in the agricultural sector, agro food and trade of local products; Overall Objective: The promotion of territorial development through the valorization of women entrepreneurship and the creation of innovative dynamics related to the work and employment of Lebanese women in the agricultural, agro food and rural sectors. Nowara also aims to support rural women by spreading knowledge and good practices.

20 Why NOWARA? Main factors that led to the creation of Nowara the need for a specialized governmental body able to voice female workers and entrepreneurs of the rural world together with policy and decision makers. The aim is to have the women s role recognized in the field of agriculture, agro food and rural products; the analysis and the updating of the legislation on female employment and proposition of measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination against rural women.

21 NOWARA Activities implemented in the framework of TERCOM ( ) Consultation activities for establishing the NOWARA legislative framework led to the Official Decree to establish NOWARA which was signed by the Minister of Agriculture H.E. Elias Skaff. The Establishing of a Database for rural entrepreneurs A primary list of women entrepreneurs was created, main constraints and priority areas were defined. The Creation of a portal several useful services to the users. providing The organization of several activities - technical assistance, training course, institutional events. The establishment of the National award for best rural women economic initiative in agriculture/agro food for individuals or as a group of producers.

22 NOWARA Services services provided by NOWARA Observatory The observatory (NOWARA) provides guidance services, information and studies about subjects that concern a working woman, and for a woman who is interested in evolving her job or creating a new business. 1 How to start a new business 2 F unding opportunities (micro credit, associations etc.) 3 Conditions and quality specifications of the agricultural products (quality requirements, assistance to comply with LIBNOR regulation - Lebanese association for specifications and standards) 4 Economical information (feasibility studies on agricultural, industrial and commercial projects) 5 Information about markets (local, European, American) 6 Management and accounting (pricing of the products)

23 Expected Results NOWARA shall contribute to engender the Lebanese economy by: promoting the image of a rural women actively involved in the economic growth of her Country; encouraging women to invest in agriculture; overcoming the legal barriers to economic and social independence; giving women opportunities to be trained and to benefit from technological Innovations;

24 The establishment of a new network Building on the experience of the European project "GEWAMED" a new NETWORK is under development and its launch should be approved shortly. The name of this network will be G.EM.NET (Gender empowerment for a sustainable rural development ). GEWAMED Mainstreaming GEnder Dimensions Into Water Resources Development and Management in the MEDiterranean Region. G.EM.NET (Gender Empowerment Network)

25 Promoting equitable gender opportunities is more than improving women s economic empowerment and decision making power. It concerns also improving living conditions of their children, their family and their communities (Nikita Shahbazi Gender, Equity and Rural Development Division, FAO)

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