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Agro biodiversity - Brief Overview of Achievements in Morocco

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Knowledge Sharing Event on “Agro biodiversity, Cultures and Local Development”. …

Knowledge Sharing Event on “Agro biodiversity, Cultures and Local Development”.
Completion Workshop, 18-19 May 2011. Promoted by ACRA and Oxfam Italia, funded by IFAD and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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  • 1. KNOWLEDGE SHARING EVENT ON“AGROBIODIVERSITY, CULTURES AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT” Completion Workshop 19 May 2011 BRIEF OVERVIEW of ACHIEVEMENTS in MOROCCO
  • 2. TARGET OVERVIEWMountain Areas of Errachidia and Midelt Provinces TOTAL POPULATION: 60.000 DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 2000 Here, the poverty rate is up to 44%. The regional average is around 29%. Remittances from migrants are in some cases the main income of households, while agriculture and livestock contribute up to 90% of the local economy. Species/products prioritized: AMP, almonds, honey.
  • 3. FINDINGS Promoting the mise en culture (domestication/cultivation) of a number of wild species: the case of fennel (besbes) 44% of AMP already used in local tradition, but only 1% is exploited economically. Cultivation of wild fennel, in one year may improve the average household income by 75 %. 2 Farmers Associations involved Ass. Feminine in Gourama (137 women) Ass. Agabalou in Sidi Boukil (51 membri) The pilot project involved 23 families during the first year about 40 in the second year
  • 4. FINDINGS Agbalou association is now establishing a cooperative for the exploitation and enhancement of local aromatic and medicinal plants The ADS (Agence de developpement social) funded a project to Agbalou association at the beginning of 2011. Participation of Agbalou association at the solidarity market of the SIAM in April 2011 with a stand where they sold fennel grains (of the first year of cultivation) and honey.
  • 5. FINDINGS Investing in the awareness of future generationsby training of teachers and therefore students revealed to be a winning approach Videos were shot in different locations on food consumption in the past and at present in the area of the project In two years, 50 teachers and more than 1,200 students participated in the program of information and awareness to protect the biodiversity of the region Multiplier effect: setting up a botanic garden at a primary school in the region
  • 6. FINDINGS Organising the first honey festival in Rich had a good impact and raised awareness of local communities 10 associations and cooperatives took part (each represented by 2 or 3 members). Around 200 people took part at the information day Special labels were elaborated and 100 containers were distributed to each producers’association and cooperative
  • 7. FINDINGS 3 existing cooperatives of honeyproducers have established a coalitionin order to bring their means togetherCreation of a pole of the REMESS for the area of Rachidia and Tafilalt (RADOSE)
  • 8. FINDINGS Linkages created with the IFAD Loan Programme (PRDME) Almond producers from Amellagouhave started pruning and grafting their trees for the first time and they have produced the first almonds’ oil in the region
  • 9. FINDINGS GIAHS-FAO The pilot sites in Morocco will include the rural local authority of Amellagou and the rural local authority of Imilchil . The sites were identified in the framework of the grant 1000 andmissions were organized by FAO, INRA and Adrar in coordination with Oxfam Italia.A conference on GIAHS took place at 2011 edition of SIAM FAO, INRA and Adrar are currently working at the preparation of a broader project proposal to ensure continuity of activities.

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