For the final stop along the Road to Cop 22, we’re in Souss Massa Draa, in southern Morocco.
This region is the home of the country’s Triple A initiative which aims to transform the continent’s agriculture to face the challenges of climate change.
The Triple A initiative is part of the Green Morocco Plan which deals with agriculture and the agro-industry.
It aims to address three challenges facing the African continent: funding, increasing agricultural productivity, and the increased carbon sequestration in African soils.
“In Morocco, we have many achievements,” Bro Hro, Regional Director of Agriculture of Souss Massa Draa, told Euronews. “They guarantee us very good results in our agricultural sector. I am convinced that our achievements and our experience will help also other African countries.
“We can not achieve progress without saving water, no environmental improvement without training, which needs to be in line with the goals of ‘Triple A’.”
Tomatoes are one of Morocco’s main agricultural products.
The warm climate promotes tomato cultivation, but to improve productivity Moroccan farmers use greenhouses. Everything possible is done to achieve the highest return.
“Duroc is an agricultural company which exports 30,000 tons of cherry tomatoes,” explained the company’s operations director Najat El Karz. “All areas are equipped with a system above ground. Duroc is a model for water management in the region and throughout Morocco .”
Morocco’s Citrus fruit-growing sector
Citrus fruit growing in Morocco is an art that requires great skill.
Many factors influence the quality and taste of the fruit. Such as the favorable climate, rich soil, and attention to detail along every stage of cultivation, storage and transportation.
“Morocco has been producing oranges the 1920s,” Khalid Bounajma Director, Pack Souss, told Euronews. “The production goes through several phases. The Green Morocco initiative now provides an acceleration phase. It aims to stabilise the population by providing jobs growing fruits and vegetables, and also adaptation to climate change.”
Marrakech , known as the red or ochre city, is getting ready to host the world’s most important green event. Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22
climate change conference.
COP 22, also known as the action conference, aims to define the different mechanisms for the implementation of COP 21. COP 22 is the bridge between decision and action.