NOWARA coordinators on study tour in Italy
The National Observatory for Women in Agriculture and Rural Areas – NOWARA – had organized a stage in Italy about “Marketing and territorial promotion” for its coordinators in Lebanon from 16th October to 22th October 2013, with the collaboration of CTM Onlus and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari – IAMB – in the framework of the project “Socio-economic development of the rural population of southern Lebanon”.
Six NOWARA coordinators – Amal Abu Ayash, Fatima Hamiyeh, Laurette Gerges, Maha El Dur, Oussama Ghaddar, Saada Chayban – had participated in the stage of study at IAM headquarters in Bari. During the stage, they had pursued different advanced courses offered by IAMB experts on subjects related to Agriculture, such as gender development issues, the role of NOWARA in empowering women that are considered an important actor in rural development with Rosanna Quagliariello; gender equality with Giulia Dillio and Grazia Valentino; functional diversity in agricultural work with Annarita Antonelli; the development of Italian women in Agriculture with Veronica Navarra; problems of Egyptian women in agricultural development with Mirvat Fouad; benefits of organic cultivation with Lina Bitar and Reine Bteish; Mediterranean diet with Philippe Debbs.
The women had also celebrated the World Food Day at IAMB with representatives of local and international communities, and had the opportunity to discover the territory and its specificities, and visit the international exposition Agrilevante in Bari, Eataly, the farm Masseria Minoia in Conversano, the coastal town of Polignano a Mare, the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto, a soap factory, the UNESCO site of Alberobello.
Furthermore, NOWARA coordinators presented their works as focal points in Lebanon, shared their experiences and received certifications from the IAMB. This study tour aimed at enhancing social and economic conditions of women employed in agriculture as well as agricultural entrepreneurs by strengthening and broadening the supply of services of NOWARA.