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Autonomisation des femmes rurales dans les montagnes du moyen atlas oriental du maroc a travers la gestion durable des plantes aromatiques et medicinales

Zrira, S., Benchekroun, F., Taleb, A., Baghdad, B.
Acta horticulturae 2013 no.997 pp. 319-327
agronomy, development projects, endangered species, farming systems, geographic information systems, harvesting, income, medicinal plants, research and development, rural development, rural women, secondary education, supply chain, value added
In order to support the Rural Development Project in the Eastern Middle Atlas (PDRMO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has awarded a grant to the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II. This grant was intended to establish a Research Development project for the empowerment of rural women through the promotion of the Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (AMP) sector in the project area. The goal of the project is to empower rural women in the Eastern Middle Atlas Mountain zones through production diversification linked to improved natural resources management and conservation, thus contributing to more sustainable income sources. The project aims to improve the AMP value chain through: The analysis of the AMP value chain in the Eastern Middle Atlas Mountain Region; The creation of a pilot AMP processing unit and the empowerment of rural women in the field of AMP valorization; The organization of 50 rural women into a Community Based Organisation (CBO); A pilot farming experiment of some aromatic and medicinal species of high added value. The project has as priority the development of a targeted conservation action through: The production of GIS maps of the project area identifying the location of the prioritized endangered species; AMPs community conservation, through: Organisation of training sessions for women groups on sustainable AMP harvesting techniques; Creation of public awareness on the need for conserving AMP wild populations through the development of teaching modules for primary and secondary schools in the project area; Development of technical factsheets for the targeted endangered AMP species.