This project is improving the health of Amazigh women and their unique ecosystem : the argan forest. It is using a One Health approach linking up the health of people, the health of animals and the health of the environment. Amazigh women are the traditional custodians of the endemic argan forest which represents the last shield against desertification. Your support will reduce women's health risks from their domestic animals and their environment and help protect this unique biodiversity.
Many Amazigh women living in the Argan Biosphere Reserve in south-west Morocco have a livelihood based on the traditional use of the endemic argan tree and its precious oil. They also manage a growing number of domestic animals, including local goats which are live in symbiosis with the argan tree. Their families are increasingly exposed to One Health challenges including diseases transmitted by animals (zoonosis) and water-borne diseases.
A specific One Health training programme for women will be developed in Amazigh by a multi-disciplinary health team (human, animal and environmental health) after an in-depth diagnostic phase. Around 200 Amazigh women engaged in argan oil production will be trained into One Health practices that include improved animal care and better water management.
The health of Amazigh women and of their animals will be improved while conserving the argan forest. This pilot phase will be replicated to other women's associations in the argan Biosphere and will help maintain the role of Amazigh women as custodians of this unique bio-cultural heritage. This will ensure the conservation of this unique ecosystem.