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Morocco at the Heart of the Deployment of the African Agenda in Agriculture

Morocco is poised to lead the African agricultural agenda over the next two years, spearheading initiatives like the “Triple A” program and coordinating policies with the FAO. Despite facing water stress due to drought, Moroccan-led efforts aim to promote resilient, modern, and sustainable agriculture across the continent, although financing remains a significant challenge.




Over the next two years, Morocco will be at the heart of the deployment of the African agenda in the agricultural sector. In addition to its pioneering role in the “Triple A” initiative, the Kingdom will play a leading role in policy coordination with the FAO.

Agriculture places Morocco at the heart of major African issues. Two major events have just been held in turn in the Kingdom, namely the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Africa, in Rabat, followed by the 16th edition of the International Agricultural Show in Morocco (SIAM ), in Meknes. The high mass of Moroccan agriculture, which constitutes one of the largest agricultural fairs on the continent, is an opportunity to take stock of the evolution of the initiative launched by Morocco in 2016, namely the “ Triple A.

This initiative on the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) thus brought together, during SIAM, the fourth ministerial meeting. An important meeting, marked by the declaration of African officials in charge of agriculture to continue in the process of achieving the “Triple A”.

Resilience of Morocco

This Ministerial Declaration comes in a very timely context, at a time when water stress is rife in a large part of the continent’s countries, starting with Morocco, which is experiencing its sixth successive year of drought. It is therefore quite natural that the ministerial meeting affirmed the “common ambition and [the] shared vision for the future of African agriculture in the face of the climate challenge”.

The objective is to promote “modern, sustainable and efficient agriculture, which feeds populations, creates jobs, preserves natural resources and contributes to the prosperity of the continent.”

But this obviously requires providing the resources necessary for the resilience and development of this agriculture. “We have been talking about this for almost a decade, but the observation is that in many African countries, agricultural development strategies are struggling to achieve their objectives. And this is due to poor implementation of policies, or even unforeseen events caused by climate change, not to mention the lack of funding.”


Moreover, speaking of this financing, the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sadiki, recalled, during the ministerial meeting in Meknes, that “the pressing need for robust adaptation strategies has never been “also glaring, at a time when funding to support these efforts remains insufficient.”

According to the minister, Africa needs around $580 billion for adaptation measures between 2020 and 2030, with a particular focus on agriculture. It should just be noted that the actual adaptation funding received by the continent was only $11.4 billion per year in 2019 and 2020, well below the projected $52.7 billion annually needed for 2030. Suffice it to say that there is still a way to go, unless African countries seek other means of financial autonomy.

FAO point of view

This question of financing will certainly arise over the next two years. A period during which Morocco will be at the heart of FAO’s actions on the continent. This is one of the conclusions to be drawn from the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Africa, which was held in Rabat from April 18 to 20. During this event, the FAO once again considered that Morocco was an example to follow in the development of the agricultural sector in Africa.

Qu Dongyu
DG of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

“The strategies adopted by Morocco over the last twenty years can constitute an example to follow for different African countries. FAO intends to develop its partnership with the Kingdom in a way that will benefit other African countries.

Mohammed Sadiki
Minister of Agriculture

“The pressing need for robust adaptation strategies has never been greater, at a time when funding to support these efforts remains insufficient. Africa needs around $580 billion for adaptation measures between 2020 and 2030, with a particular focus on agriculture.


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