Description of the project: MEEPZA is an agro-environnemental
development initiative led by local women using
local resources. Working on climate change adaptation, the project
promotes efficient energy management within the households.
The project’s main resource is the planting and production of Nopal
(cactus) products. The Nopal plant is chosen because of its properties
that make it an efficient carbon sink. The project beneficiaries
are 30 rural women and their families (a total of 180 people).
The project has generated many positive results in terms of food
security, recovery of agricultural profitability, agro-environnemental
development with gender equity, and highlighting the economic
potential of arid zones.
Climate impact: This project is an adaptation measure responding
to the impact of climate change in arid zones. The Nopal plant
has high energy potential and adaptation capacity to extreme
temperatures and depleted soils. The agro-ecological management
of these crops means recovery of soils and the profitability
of agricultural activities that use low input technology. Also, animals
feed on Nopal plants, and the plants are fertilized with their
manure, which is another sustainable use of local resources.
Gender impact: The initiative focuses on women’s equal rights,
opportunities and empowerment through capacitybuilding
and revenue generating activities. In this project, the
empowered women also involved their families, thus resulting
in a greater impact. MEEPZA ambitions that women see
their actions not only as an income opportunity, but also as an
engagement for climate resilience, food security, and gender
equality. This is strengthened by encouraging their participation
in decision-making spaces within their communities.
Scalability / replicability: MEEPZA is a decentralized project
that can be replicated in any arid region with limited access to
water. The applied techniques are low-cost and sustainable,
therefore, could encompass a complete production chain that
starts from an agro-ecological use of local resources.
To ensure gender-responsive replication of the project, women
are trained to provide technical assistance with a gender lense to
those new initiatives.