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Morocco and FAO

Partnering for resilience and sustainable agricultural development

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    Le Maroc et la FAO
    Partenariat pour renforcer la résilience et le développement agricole durable
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    Depuis plus de soixante ans, la FAO accompagne le développement du Maroc dans le secteur de l’alimentation et de l’agriculture. Le pays a bénéficié de plus de 200 projets nationaux ainsi que de 65 projets régionaux depuis l’ouverture de la Représentation de la FAO à Rabat en 1982. L’assistance technique est axée sur l’appui à la mise en oeuvre des politiques et stratégies de développement durable nationales, et notamment le Plan Maroc Vert, la Stratégie Halieutis, la Stratégie Nationale du Développement Durable, la Stratégie Nationale de l’Eau et le Programme Forestier National. Dans le cadre d’un accord de Coopération Sud-Sud signé avec la FAO en 2014, le Maroc est, de plus, très actif dans l’appui aux pays de l’Afrique subsaharienne.
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    Nature & Faune
    African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
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    This Issue of Nature & Faune puts forward the case of “African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development”. It comprises twenty one articles from authors of various backgrounds, including: policy makers, conservation NGOs; the private sector; civil society groups; research and academia as well as youth groups. The articles offer field experiences, conceptual frameworks, and ideas on what needs to be done at local, national, regional and international levels to support young Africans to deliver their full potential in rural development through agriculture and natural resources management. The editorial highlights an increasing acceptance of migration as a ‘development enabler’ that has to be considered once the current Millennium Development Goals phases out in 2015. It reveals how development partners and renewable natural resource management organizations can embrace migration and plan their interventions and investments efforts taking youth migration into a ccount. The Special Feature examines the fundamentals of adapting university education to produce graduates for a changing world and the importance of practical experience to promote entrepreneurship. A guest writer is of the opinion that African agriculture per se does not have the capacity to absorb the huge mass of young people reaching the job market – this can only be possible if agriculture triggers a set of associated value chain related activities that indeed will, to some extent, hav e this capacity. This edition is rich in success stories including the incisive exploration of the likelihood of South-South Cooperation to offer sustainable agriculture-led solutions to youth unemployment in Africa. Under the regular feature “Country Focus”, the spot light is on the Republic of Liberia show-casing it as the oldest independent republic in Africa as well as one of the most youthful countries in the world!
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    Innovations for inclusive agricultural finance and risk mitigation mechanisms 2016
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    The Government’s Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert) underlines agriculture’s important role and sets strategies to promote the sector’s development. Despite these efforts, however, important challenges remain. An important one refers to the availability of appropriate financial services for rural actors engaged in agriculture. The average capital required yearly to finance agriculture is estimated at 30 billion Dirhams. The Moroccan banking sector finances only 17 percent of such demand and Cr edit Agricole du Maroc is responsible for about 80 percent of this share of financing to agriculture. A significant part of the rural population composed of poorer households continues to see its financial needs satisfied mainly by informal financial service providers given the inability of the formal financial sector to reach rural areas with appropriate and sustainable products. This case study documents a particularly innovative model for providing financial services to poorer rural household s dependent on agriculture – the Tamwil El Fellah (TEF) model developed by the Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc (GCAM – the Morocco Agricultural Credit Group). TEF has built on the long-standing experience of financing the agriculture sector and the network of agencies and human resources of GCAM, putting in place its own business model with risk management mechanisms adapted to its specific client segment: farmers with small and medium-scale agribusinesses. The analysis presented in this study a ims to highlight important principles that can be applied by financial institutions and supporting organizations to promote inclusive rural and agricultural financial services the context of developing countries.

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