Description of the project

The project proposal in question arose from the collaboration of the DICA Onlus Association (project leader) with its local partner of reference for international cooperation activities in Tunisia, the Association Méditerranéenne Pour le Développement en Tunisie (AMDT) and is part of the path activated with the simple 2015 project co-financed by the Tuscany Region "Work, social and solidarity economy for young farmers and breeders of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia". This project has allowed the strengthening of the capacities of the Groupement de femme Agricole of Sidi Bouzid through the realization of the following activities

1) a training course for the management and administration of non-profit associations; 2) start-up of activities for the management of agricultural activities, breeding, production and marketing of milk. The 2017 proposal is not a completion of the previous intervention, actually completed, but an integration of the same in a multiannual and modular local development program envisaged by the project partnership.


The AMDT followed an analysis of the needs of its territory and confirmed that the unemployment of young people in the Governorate of Sidi Bouzid is one of the main elements on which to intervene (youth unemployment rate in Tunisia is around 15% (2013 - 2016) 1, with a peak of 40% in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid) and in the agricultural and dairy sectors the possibilities for the activation of project paths for a sustainable and supportive socio-economic development of the Sidi Bouzid area. Elements that are indicated as priorities in the regional planning document of the Governorate of Sidi Bouzid: "Plan régional d’environnement et de développement durable (PREDD) du Gouvernorat de Sidi Bouzid"


General Objective

The general objective of the project is to "Contribute to the elimination of differences and disparities in order to promote economic, social and cultural rights".


Specific Objective

“Promote the employment of young people in the Governorate of Sidi Bouzid through the implementation of a pilot program to promote the social and solidarity economy for the production of cheese”.


Expected Results

R1. Employment of young people in the dairy sector increased;

R2. Integrated the integrated production system between forage production, breeding and milk production with the production of cheese.


Main planned activities

Activity 1 - Training course for 15 young people from the Sidi Bouzid area for the artisan production of cheese:

1.a Raw materials and work tools;
1.b Hygiene-sanitary regulations;
1.c Safety in the workplace;
1.d The production of cheese - theory and practice of production.

Participants to the training: 8 young people from the Groupement de femme Agricole of Sidi Bouzid and 7 young people selected by public notice.

Activity 2 - Start-up of activities for the production and marketing of cheese:

2.a Local restructuring to be used as a cheese production laboratory
2.b Purchase of furniture and equipment for production
2.c Commissioning and laboratory run-in
2.d Milk production
2.e Marketing of milk


The direct beneficiaries:

• 15 young people from the Sidi Bouzid area involved in training for cheese production;

Indirect beneficiaries:

• the families of the trained subjects;

• the local community of Sidi Bouzid which will benefit from an implementation of services.


Project partnership:

Tuscan partner:
DICA Onlus Association (Lead Partner)

Local Partners:
Association Méditerranéenne Pour le Développement en Tunisie (AMDT).


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