for the Development of Pistachio in Kasserine (Mejjel Bel Abbes, Feriana and Sbeitla)
The project "Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Tunisia (PAD)", implemented by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, overall objective is to lay the foundations of a sustainable agriculture that is economically efficient, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. The PAD project supporting the development of agricultural / local food chains in the context of sustainable agriculture and a process of good governance, through collaborative platforms able to formulate, implement and evaluate collaborative projects valuing the results of the technical reference on sustainable agriculture. These platforms are spaces for dialogue made by producer organizations, processors, traders, state support structures, private developers, and the associative fabric to bring the visions and the respective interest, and improve collaboration between different actors and operators. And collaborative projects identified at the industry platform involving the participation and promote the contribution of individual employees of the platform which act to increase the share of sustainable local value added.
In the governorate of Kasserine, the choice of Pistachio sector achieved through a concerted and participatory process at the local level since June 2014, with the involvement of different stakeholders and economic operators: Mutual Societies Agricultural Services (SMSA ) Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development of Kasserine (CRDA), Territorial Unit Extension (CTV), Regional Directorate of the Groupement Interprofessionnel des Fruits (GIFruit), Central West Development Office (ODCO), Development Associations, Consultant and Office 'studies. The choice was consolidated through the achievement dies studies that have to approach a diagnosis, an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the sector locally. Then the results of these studies were thorough and approved by the various collaborators in the workshops. In the end, the choice is validated them using a tool of the VALUE-LINKS approach: the decision matrix for the final choice.
To identify and detail the collaborative projects that can be supported by the PAD for their implementation for the sustainability of the sector, a process of setting up platforms-sectors was launched from April 2015 where collaborative project ideas were identified, discussed and validated..
Local workshops for each collaborative project by the chain link were held thereafter to detail these collaborative projects and identify collaborators and partners in the implementation of the project. Thus the relevance, feasibility and impact in terms of sustainability were discussed in-depth at these workshops.
In parallel, the actors of West Central sectors followed an accompanying program in the short term, aiming to support them to design their dies Action Plans (FMPs) and they formulate projects with concrete actions making integral parts of PAF. This course has been designed as both a support and as a follow up to 17 regional development actors, which was not limited to a theoretical but took into account the practical and concrete aspect by adopting an approach based the sharing of experiences..
This route is deployed from May 14 to June 16, 2015 and consisted of four workshops:
The result of the development process of the Platform Pistachio die in Kasserine, also through the support program, is the concrete formulation of the collaborative project. This project focuses on the close collaboration between three SMSA's (Mejjel Bel Abbes, Sidi TliI and Nour Feriana), and with the profession (ABU Kasserine), the CRDA of Kasserine, the ODCO, suppliers and private Consultant .
Since the Agricultural Services Mutual Society Medjel Bel Abbes who is the most active operator at local and regional level in agricultural active and pistachio industry specifically in relation to the collection and marketing of this product initiated the project collaboration with other active SMSA local and state partners. Indeed, the project implementation will be illustrated by partnership agreements with employees involved in specifying the contribution and commitment of each stakeholder.
The collaborative project aims to improve the local added value of pistachio for better market access and a more rational marketing of the product and through shelling, crushing and bagging of the product by the SMSA itself in favor such participants and farmers in these localities.
To improve the competitiveness and facilitate access of pistachio products to potential markets, the project envisages training sessions for farmers producing pistachios for capacity building relating to the packaging and trade.