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Water and jobs for Tunisia

Monday 21st Mar 2016 (Latest News, Arab States, Green Jobs)

In Kesra, Tunisia, an ILO programme to support the development of disadvantaged areas is stimulating local economic activity.  Thanks to a new irrigation system built using a labour-intensive approach, water resources are better managed, the production of figs and other crops has increased, and new jobs have been created in the region.


Duration:                  
00:03:07

Location:                    Tunisia 

Production date:       21 March 2016 

Audio:                          Available in English and international versions 

Rights:                       All ILO audio-visual material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license, copyright ILO

Video type:                Video news release 

Keywords:                  Job creation

Contact:                     communication@ilo.org 


Script:

 

Wided Bougrine looks proudly over the fields of fig trees surrounding her native village, of Kesra, in Tunisia. Nestled in the hills outside Tunis, Kesra is known countrywide for the quality of its figs.

 

Wided, a young hydraulics engineer, was part of a pilot project, run by the International Labour Organization, to install a vast irrigation system.  1,700 metres of canals, 20 holding tanks and a series of micro dams bring water to an area covering 20 hectares.    The project has increased crop yields considerably for a 100 local farmers.

 

Wided Bougrine, hydraulics engineer (in French)

After graduating, I was unemployed. Then, in August 2013, I contacted the project team. I took part in meetings with the farmers about their needs before the project started. Then I did  a feasibility study as part of the technical study of the system. And lastly, I monitored the work.

 

Mohamed Ali Belgacem was also unemployed, after graduating in food sciences. He returned to the village and, thanks to the irrigation system, was able to plant a hundred fig trees on his family’s land.

 

It will take the new trees about three years to mature. In the meantime, he has also planted vegetables and hopes to employ several farm workers.

 

Mohamed Ali Belgacem, farmer (in French)

One of the problems I had was water. Lots of water was lost. Since the system’s installation we’ve lost less water. I’ve planted almost 50 varieties of figs that will be sold to make jam. 

 

The ILO programme provided equipment to turn the region’s figs and other fruit into value-added products like jam. It gave technical training and certification to 20 women who formed an association. The products sold successfully and generated revenues that were ploughed back into production.

 

Tliba Hana, a young mother of two with a diploma in documentation, had never before had a job. Today, she is earning a real wage thanks to her work.

 

Tliba Hana (in Arabic)

We were trained in jam-making.  Then we received training in management and accounting. With what I’ve learned, I can either develop my own business or stay with the association. This has given value to our work and allowed us to assert ourselves in society. 

 

Kesra’s jams were a hit at an international fair in Tunis.  Every weekend, the women set up a stand and sell their products in the village’s historic centre, which is a popular destination for tourists.

 

Thanks to the new irrigation system and better-managed water resources, Kesra is producing more and more fruit. No one could be happier than the villagers and Wided, who plans to use what she learned to replicate the system in other agricultural areas in the region.

  

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Time codes

 

Shotlist

 

00:00 – 00:39

 

 

 

 

 

General views

Wided Bougrine stands on hillside next to irrigation system of water canals

Fig trees

Irrigation system

Water running

 

00:39 – 01:07

 

 

 

 

 

Wided Bougrine, hydraulics engineer (in French)

After graduating, I was unemployed. Then, in August 2013, I contacted the project team. I took part in meetings with the farmers about their needs before the project started. Then I did a feasibility study as part of the technical study of the system. And lastly, I monitored the work.

 

 

01:07 – 01:30

 

 

Men at work

Mohamed Ali Belgacem in his fields

 

01:30 – 01:52

 

 

 

 

 

Mohamed Ali Belgacem, farmer (in French)

One of the problems I had was water. Lots of water was lost. Since the system’s installation we’ve lost less water. I’ve planted almost 50 varieties of figs that will be sold to make jam. 

 

01:52 – 02:18

Femmes peeling oranges and cooking

Various shots of women working

Labeling of jam jars

 

 

02:18 – 02:36

Tliba Hana (in Arabic)

We were trained in jam-making.  Then we received training in management and accounting. With what I’ve learned, I can either develop my own business or stay with the association. This has given value to our work and allowed us to assert ourselves in society. 

02:36 – 03:07

Women at stand in Kesra’s village square

View of Kesra and its fields

Wided in the fields

 

 

         


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