Dakar, 27/01/2023 (MAP) – Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki, held on January 26 and 27 in Dakar on the sidelines of the Dakar 2 Summit, held under the theme « Feed Africa: food sovereignty and resilience », several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Côte d’Ivoire, Angola, Comoros, Senegal and Cape Verde.
Exchanges focused on cooperation topics related to the experience of Morocco in agricultural development under the Generation Green strategy and the achievements of the Green Morocco Plan.
Several axes were at the center of the discussions, including the development of value chains to ensure the upstream – downstream integration of production chains, guarantee value, especially the experience of development of agropoles that aim to increase agricultural value added and its maintenance at the level of production basins in order to act on local social development, especially by creating employment and services around the ecosystem, said a statement by the Ministry.
This axis also focuses on the issue of modernizing marketing channels through the development of logistics (wholesale markets, weekly markets, and slaughterhouses), quality control and traceability, the same source added.
The discussions also tackled the control of irrigation water through its mobilization and modernization of irrigation systems that ensure water savings, a key factor for resilience and sustainability, as well as governance of the agricultural sector, based on an approach of accountability of stakeholders through public-private contracting, with an organization of the profession in a federation of inter-professions, training and development of human resources.
The other aspect mentioned is related to research and innovation that allow to adapt and create techniques and technologies appropriate to the different crop systems and adaptation to climate change.
The exchanges also focused on the strategy of Morocco in terms of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, a priority that reflects the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
The Dakar 2 Summit on food sovereignty wrapped up Friday in Diamniadio, 30 km from Dakar, with the adoption of the « Dakar Declaration ».
The Summit, held from January 25 to 27 at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD) in Diamniadio, brought together representatives of some twenty countries including the Kingdom of Morocco, represented by a strong delegation led by the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.