Enhancing gender mainstreaming for sustainable rural development and food security
// GEMAISA 2 //

September 2017 - March 2021

Project Summary

GEMAISA - “ENHANCING GENDER MAINSTREAMING FOR SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY ACTIONS” is a project implemented by CIHEAM BARI with funds from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). The project, now in its second phase, aims to improve the livelihoods of rural women in six Mediterranean Countries. The first phase (2015-2016) was carried out in partnership with the Ministries of Agriculture of Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia. The second phase was launched in 2018, including Palestine, Jordan and Morocco
Enhancing women’s role in target rural areas through context-based pilot initiatives carried out with a multidimensional approach to empowerment and building capacities of partner institutions
Identification of women’s individual and collective needs in selected rural areas through the implementation of small-scale initiatives
Implementation of context-based initiatives based on dual-track operational approach which, besides women’s needs, pays equal attention to build capacities on mainstreaming gender within relevant national and local institutional stakeholders in partner countries.
  • Gender-sensitive value chains. This approach represents a convenient entry point to ensure the commitment of the Ministries of Agriculture towards empowering women, as value chain efficiency and sustainability also depends on how equitable gender  is.
  • Gender-sensitive technical assistance. GEMAISA recognizes the importance of providing technical assistance that is aligned with the specific beneficiaries’ needs, literacy level, interest, time availability, distance from home, language spoken, etc.
  • Participatory action research. Participatory action research is a process in wich women beneficiaries (along with other key stakeholders) carry out a research by and on themselves.
  • Merging technical and rights-based approaches to promote rural women’s empowerment. GEMAISA adopts a multidimensional approach that focuses not only on women’s productive activities but also on access to social rights.
  • Valuing women’s knowledge. Valuing women’s knowledge and skills is closely linked to the need, for women, to be recognized in their productive roles and to become more visible in their families and communities.
  • Promoting rural women’s groups and associations. GEMAISA promotes rural women’s groups formation and strengthening.
  • Sharing experience, knowledge and best practices through a dedicated website. GEMAISA HUB is intended as a “knowledge-sharing and interaction point” on and among rural women.
  • Institutional capacity building on: 
i) Gender-sensitive value chains approach
ii) gender mainstreaming
iii) Participatory Action Research methodology
iv) Gender-disaggregated statistics
  • Technical assistance to women beneficiaries on selected value chains 
  • Awareness-raising sessions (soft skills, rights)
  • Equipment and work



Source of funding : Italian Cooperation
Total budget : 2 300 000,00 €
Partners :
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MARL) - Egypt
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Lebanon
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Jordan
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Palestine
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Maritime Fisheries - Morocco
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishery - Tunisia