Study will gauge COVID-19’s impact on food security among women in rural areas in Tunisia

WFP

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) are launching a study to discover how best to adjust national policies for the economic and social empowerment of rural women and girls, especially in times of crisis such as the pandemic COVID-19.

The sampling is based on the report “Map of Poverty in Tunisia” published by the National Institute of Statistics in September 2020. The sampling was refined to target the areas with the highest level of poverty. Thus, 50 participants who are members of Agricultural Development Groups (ADGs) were selected, their distribution on the Tunisian territory reflects the country’s social and economic fabric.

This study is part of the partnership signed between the WFP and the Ministry of Women, Family and Seniors, as well as the one signed between the WFP and the National Observatory of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Maritime Fishing.

Through a collaboration, CAWTAR and the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Maritime Fishing were able to identify 250 ADGs across Tunisia.

Data collection is done digitally, which minimises errors and centralizes results. WFP will be responsible for the analysis and production of results related to the “food security and nutrition strategy” axis.

CAWTAR will be responsible for analyzing and producing the results related to the “resilience and value chain” and “social protection and coverage” axes, while cross-referencing them with data on respondents’ access to technology and financial facilities. The study is expected to be completed by the end of April and the results will be available in early May.

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