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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Moroccan Aziza Jebbari awarded 2013 prize for women’s creativity in rural life

RABAT, 22 October 2013 - Aziza Jebbari of Morocco was awarded the 2013 Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

Since 2009, she has been working on implementing a UNIDO project, “Participatory control of desertification and poverty reduction in the Arid and Semi-Arid High Plateau ecosystems of Eastern Morocco”, that promotes sustainable land management approaches within the local communities. 

The project is funded the by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Moroccan Government. Covering more than 3.5 million hectares of land, it aims to increase the incomes and improve the living conditions of poor local herders.

“We are working to strengthen the capacity of grass-roots organizations and help them adopt participatory approaches to improve rangelands, as well as to identify and manage investment opportunities in animal production systems,” said Jaime Moll De Alba, UNIDO Representative to Morocco. The grant from GEF specifically supports the introduction of technologies that aims to restore and regenerate degraded soils optimizing storage and use of rainwater.

 “Having grown up here, I know very well the economic potential of the area which is both unique and fragile. My familiarity with the challenges that rural people face in the highlands helps me to support people shifting away from traditional practices that are not sustainable, to alternative and more sustainable income generation activities,” said Aziza Jebbari.

The Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, awarded since 1994, was initiated by the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF). It honors women and women's groups around the world that display exceptional creativity, courage and commitment for improving the quality of life in rural communities.

For more information, please contact:

Jaime MOLL DE ALBA
UNIDO Representative to Morocco
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