Morocco-France: Partnership roadmap in the agricultural and forestry fields

HIBAPRESS-RABAT

*Prepare the strengthening of cooperation links between the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty of the Republic of France in the agricultural and forestry fields

Signing of a road map and several conventions between professionals from the two countries Exchange between professionals in the agricultural sector On the sidelines of the 16th edition of the International Agricultural Show in Morocco (SIAM), the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mr. Mohammed Sadiki, and the Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty of the French Republic, Mr. Marc FESNEAU, proceeded on Monday April 22, 2024 in Meknes, to the signing of a road map for the development of cooperation and partnership in the agricultural and forestry fields.

This roadmap sets out the priority areas of cooperation between Morocco and France in the agricultural and forestry fields. It aims to strengthen cooperation between the parties in these two areas and to make it a lever to achieve mutually beneficial sustainable development which promotes the emergence of concrete political, sectoral, economic, technical, technological, educational and scientific cooperation. It also aims to contribute to achieving the common objectives of food security and sovereignty, and sustainable management of natural resources (water, soil, forests and biodiversity).

Furthermore, it highlights the central role played by agriculture, the forestry sector and the agri-food industry in the economy, society and sustainable development of Moroccan and French territories as well as the potential contained in the transition towards sustainable and resilient agricultural and forestry systems in the face of climate change in terms of investment, job creation, economic growth, trade, stability and equitable, sustainable and inclusive human development.

Signing of several conventions between professionals from the two countriesIn addition, the two ministers co-chaired the signing ceremony of several conventions between professionals from the two countries.

The first framework partnership agreement is concluded between the National Interprofessional Federation of Seeds and Plants (FNIS) for the Moroccan part and the agricultural inter-profession of seeds and plants (SEMAE), for the French part. This framework partnership agreement aims to describe the framework of collaboration between FNIS and SEMAE in favor of supporting developments in the Moroccan seeds and plants sector.

The second framework agreement is concluded between the Interprofessional Federation of Cereal Activities (FIAC) and Intercéales France. It aims to support FIAC from the outset of its development projects, help with their implementation and provide assistance during the reflection, creation and monitoring phases.

The third framework agreement is concluded between the Interprofessional Federation of the Milk Sector (MAROC LAIT) for the Moroccan part and the National Interprofessional Association of Livestock and Meat (INTERBEV) for the French part. This framework partnership agreement aims to provide a framework for collaboration between MAROC LAIT and INTERBEV in favor of supporting the development of Moroccan dairy production.

A memorandum of understanding was also concluded between the National Sheep and Goat Association (ANOC) and Races Ovines des Massifs Sélection (ROM Sélection) and the Regional Chamber of Agriculture of AuvergneRhône Alpe. This memorandum of understanding aims to consolidate and develop professional sheep/goat cooperation between Morocco and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France).

Another memorandum of understanding was concluded as part of the project to create a regional technical center for the development of oilseed production in Morocco. This project, which benefits the Interprofessional Federation of Oilseeds (FOLEA), aims to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of stakeholders upstream of the sector via the establishment of a regional technical center. It is part of a constructive and collaborative approach between the parties for the sustainable development of the Moroccan oilseed industry.

For their part, the National Institute of Higher Education for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (France) and the National School of Agriculture of Meknes (Morocco) have signed a framework agreement for inter-university cooperation. This agreement aims to promote cooperation in the fields of research and teaching between the two institutions, strengthen scientific partnerships, encourage mobility of teacher-researchers, staff and students, develop exchange and training programs. research on a basis of reciprocity and mutual interest.

Also, a framework cooperation agreement was concluded between the Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute and the national research institute for agriculture (INRA), food and the environment. It aims to promote the mutual progress of knowledge, science as well as social and economic development. A letter of intent was also signed between the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE ​​France) which expresses the desire of both institutions to combine their efforts and expertise to collaborate in order to set up an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) focusing on the valorization of biomass and organic waste and microalgae for the production of energy, animal feed and fertilizers /biostimulants.

Crédit Agricole du Maroc (CAM) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed two credit agreements to finance investments contributing to the resilience and sustainability of the Moroccan economy. The program, which amounts to 70 million Euros in loan and 2.1 million Euros in technical assistance, will mainly finance investments in agricultural operations, particularly for more efficient use of water in agriculture. , agroecology and the diffusion of species and varieties resilient to climate change. In addition, it will make it possible to continue the Istidama program, supporting innovations in rural areas, with the objective of energy savings and the production of renewable energies, the development of organic agriculture and the recovery of waste.

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