Morocco: the DIAF project, for the development of organic farming (IT)

09/06/2020
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With the completion of the first National Action Plan for organic agriculture, and after having approved a new national regulation for the sector, very close to the European model, the Moroccan government is currently working on the development of its next National Action Plan, which will cover the period 2021-2030. The 2011-2020Plan, developed by the government with the support of FIMABIO (Fédération Interprofessionnelle Marocaine de la Filière Biologique) envisaged on the one hand support activities to strengthen the capacities of organic operators and, on the other, the strengthening of national research programs and organic development. During the period, Moroccan organic agriculture undoubtedly witnessed sustained growth, although lower than expected. The organic sector in Morocco is therefore still relatively underdeveloped compared to its regional competitors, Tunisia first of all. For this reason, the government has decided to make efforts to increase the effectiveness and impact of the next Plan, and to do this, it created DIAF, the Moroccan-German Agricultural and Forestry Technical Dialogue, i.e. an international technical consultancy project implemented by the AFC (Agriculture and Finance Consultants) together with IFOAM - Organics International and FIBL. IFOAM, in particular, is working to increase the Moroccan government's ability to promote and control the national organic sector through appropriate regulatory, institutional and market frameworks. To this end, an intense training activity was activated to develop ideas for the construction of new strategies, during which the participants discussed bottlenecks in the growth of the national sector and desirable strategic areas of work, sharing knowledge, information and opinions.

The DIAF project will continue at least until the end of 2022.

Source: IFOAM Organics Int./SINAB