A youth cooperative launched to develop the honey value chain in northwestern Tunisia

News | 26 February 2019
As part of the Dutch-funded project on Promotion of Organizations and Mechanisms of Social and Solidarity Economy (PROMESS) in Tunisia, the ILO has supported a group of young students and graduates from the College of Agriculture of Kef in northern Tunisia to launch a cooperative for the production and marketing of honey and its derivatives such as soaps, candles, and cosmetics.

Called GREEN EL KEF, this cooperative first works to develop the honey value chain by responding to an unmet demand for organic honey in the national market. In a second phase, the cooperative will promote the export of its products in line with its business plan.

Supported by the PROMESS project, the Association Bio El Kef and the local support institutions, GREEN EL KEF is a result of a long-term capacity building programme aimed at developing the technical, managerial and entrepreneurship skills of the youth members. The cooperative will contribute to the creation of more than 20 direct jobs in addition to the improvement of the income of a hundred small honey producers in the North-West region of Tunisia.

The main objective of the PROMESS project is to create sustainable and decent jobs for young women and men in Tunisia through the promotion of organizations and mechanism of the social and solidarity economy (SSE). For more information, see here.