Agricultural cooperative in Tirbespiyê


A vegetable production project in Tirbespiyê that has contributed to fulfilling part of the region's need for vegetables over the last few years. The project was established in 2015 by the women's economy committee as part of supporting projects that contribute to the strengthening of the women's economy. It is based on the technique of greenhouses, in addition to traditional agriculture, and produces different kinds of seasonal vegetables.

This report was published by ANF English on 10 July, 2020

Five years ago, four women founded an agricultural co-operative in Tirbespiyê. Today, forty women work there and the co-operative covers a large part of the demand for vegetables in the Northern Syrian region.

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria promotes many projects to increase local production and organic farming. One of these projects was started five years ago by four women in Tirbespiyê. The local economic committee provided the women with a piece of land on which they grew vegetables in nine greenhouses. The work has been expanded, and within five years the women have planted 2,500 trees and increased the number of greenhouses to 22.

The co-operative is located on the main road in the Cizîrê region and has become a permanent point of contact for the people living in the area. The vegetables grown are offered at reasonable prices and cover a large part of the regional demand.

The project manager Ahin Şikri explains that the number of employees is to be increased to one hundred. The cultivation of onions and garlic is particularly productive. For a small fee, the people from the region can also grow their own vegetables on the premises.

Emani Xaim has been working in the co-operative for one and a half years and is very satisfied with it: “It makes me happy that I can work here as a woman. I hope that all women worldwide can be economically independent.”