Social Innovation in the Agri-food sector for Women’s Empowerment in the Mediterranean sea basin

On both sides of the Mediterranean Sea, there is a common trend in terms of low women empowerment and participation in the labor force. InnovAgroWoMed project aims at boosting women labor participation and entrepreneurship, by leveraging on the potential of the agri-food sector - an industry closely linked to the cultural identity of the Mediterranean region - and showing a significant level of untapped potential in terms of innovation and growth. While countries such as Spain and Italy feature comparatively high levels of growth in the agri-food sector, albeit, with very low levels of women participation, the MENA agricultural business is still fragmented, and with low women employment. This project will focus on two European regions (Valencia, Spain and Sicily, Italy) and two MENA areas (Béja and Médenine in Tunisia, and Palestine), identified as suitable for the implementation and scaling up of a sustainable value model in the agri-food sector: Rural Social Innovation (RSI). RSI redefines the boundaries between organizations and the community, addressing broader societal challenges by seeking economic, social and environmental sustainability, balancing tradition and innovation and explicitly seeking community development at the local level.

Impact sector: Agriculture and fisheries and forestry, Social inclusion and equal opportunities

Outcome target group: 140 young women, especially NEETS, in rural areas of Italy, Palestine, Spain and Tunisia Local agri-food businesses

Implemented best practices (BPiMED): Engage Workers, Hold Regular Meetings

Rating: 3.81

Budget: $2,838,171.00
Funded: $2,469,209.00
Project coordinator:
Organization: University of Rome Tor Vergata ( UNIROMA2 )
Address: Rome Italy
Contact Name: Marco Ilari
Phone: 393336335857
KPI Value 
Commercialization Potential: 3.8
Intellectual Property rights protection and utilization: 4
Entrepreneurial and cultural activities: 3.75
Magnitude of Cooperation: 3.5
Technological Advancement: 4
Metric Value   Reference
M1 How many industries were involved at the ideation stage of the project? 195 (135)
M2 How many business ideas were developed from the project outcomes? 285 (200)
M3 How many SMEs (foreign) invested in the project? (in Euros) 7000392 (5000000)
M4 How many intellectual property rights does the project have in relation to WEF? 136 (100)
M5 How many commercialization or market studies were conducted as part of the project requirements? 7 (10)
M6 How many patents were filed in relation to WEF? 26 (25)
M7 How many new intellectual property brokering services were delivered? 80 (100)
M8 How many entrepreneurial ideas were identified in the scouting stage and supported in relation to WEF? 200 (200)
M9 How many industries and SME researchers were trained to initiate or create enterprises? 98 (135)
M10 How many business development organizations were receiving support for coaching and acceleration programs on WEF? 15 (10)
M11 How many PPP ventures or agreements resulted from the project activities? 30 (30)
M12 How many enterprises were cooperating with research institutions? 8 (13)
M13 How many SMEs were using program support for cooperating with Research Institutions on WEF? 60 (40)
M14 How many SMEs were using program support for cooperation in education, R&D and innovation on WEF? 54 (50)
M15 How many enterprises were involved per project with varied expertise in WEF? 70 (120)
M16 How many public or private stakeholders were engaged in joint pilots or training events? 320 (300)
M17 How many public institutions were cooperating towards strengthened multi-level governance for delivering integrated resource planning and measures? 14 (25)
M18 How many Prototypes were developed or planned in relation to resource efficiency or demand management in WEF? 40 (30)
M19 How many technology transfer support activities or initiatives were there? 143 (100)
M20 How many pilots or application of new technology in living labs were there? 13 (9)
M21 How many SMEs with technology innovation were introduced into the organization? 68 (50)
M22 How many replicable technologies for resource efficient use and use of non-conventional resources were developed? 7 (9)