The Argan Project

The Argan Project

The Argan Project connects female-owned and operated ...

Other | Morocco | Agricultural Productivity | Sustainable Land Use

 

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The argan tree (Argania spinosa) is indigenous to the Southwest region of Morocco, better known as the Souss. For centuries, rural Berber women of the Souss have extracted oil from the nuts of the argan fruit and benefited from its rich nutrients. In the late 1990s the first female argan cooperative was created, allowing local women to profit both economically and socially from their work. Since then over 100 cooperatives have been established in Morocco, employing thousands of rural women. As a result, employment in argan contributes to a family’s prosperity and also creates a space for women in the local economy.

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