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Strenghtening and sustainable development of farming activities in Marrakech’s palm grove

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As part of the Safeguard and Development Programme of the Palmeraie of Marrakech, the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment decided to work for the improvement of living conditions of the population.

Agrisud and Norsys Foundation realized in 2014 a diagnostic study to identify a project to strengthen and sustainable development of agricultural activities for the benefit of populations and territory.

The idea is to promote a network of small sustainable economic activities to benefit people who implement them (income generation), and also restored the natural environment (Palmeraie).

Agriculture is undoubtedly the sector that can best articulate these beneficial relationship men / territories: the people engaged in agricultural activities that protect the Palmeraie, and Palmeraie (canopy) protects agricultural activities.

The Mohammed VI Foundation and its partners, and Agrisud Norsys Foundation, implement a pilot project in which 50 family farms in the North West Palmeraie (25% of census farms) will be accompanied.

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Reinforcement of the olive sector – Skoura Palm grove

Renforcement de la filière oléicole, palmeraie de Skoura, MarocDans le cadre de son programme de développement durable Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal s’oriente vers des chaînes d’approvisionnement plus responsables. Le Groupe souhaite ainsi soutenir les producteurs locaux qui ont des pratiques écologiques et leur garantir une rémunération juste.

Agrisud et ses partenaires (Fondation Norsys et ORMVAO) se sont mobilisés pour accompagner la coopérative Al Mohammedia dans la mise en place d’une filière durable d’approvisionnement en huile d’olive cosmétique de qualité avec L’Oréal et son fournisseur Olvea.

Une convention de partenariat de 3 ans a été signée et plusieurs actions ont été entreprises :

  • l’obtention d’agrément sanitaire
  • la mise en place de process hygiène, sécurité et qualité
  • l’amélioration des conditions de travail et du système de traçabilité
  • l’appui à la gestion des relations commerciales...

En moins d’un an, la coopérative s’est transformée pour répondre à l’exigent cahier des charges et a écoulé 16 t d’huile d’olive en première campagne. Les retombées et l’engagement des partenaires sur le long terme sont appréciés des producteurs (gains additionnels de 23 %) et de la coopérative (qui a doublé sa marge).

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Pepper and bio-fair spices supply chain professionalization – Sao Tomé e Principe

saotomeThe islands of Sao Tome e Principe have directed their development towards food-crop growing but also the promotion of quality products export (cocoa, coffee and pepper).

In this context, the goal is to promote CEPIBA Cooperative (500 farmers), sustainable production of quality organic pepper. This production responds to agroecological systems and practices.

The purpose of the project is also to set-up a fair supply chain supplying the export and local markets.

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Reinforcing local supply chains (phase V) – Cap Skirring



This project comes from Club Med’s strong desire to strengthen the contribution of its villages to local economic development.

Club Med's tourism activities generate positive impacts, particularly in terms of local purchases, from which local communities do not always benefit as much as they could because they lack a viable economic fabric.

This commitment has led to a partnership with Agrisud International whose main mission is to the fight against poverty and for food security by creating and strengthening very small family farms.


The approach is:

  • economic development: support to populations in securing and strengthening their agricultural activities to meet local market needs;
  • agroecological: promotion practices environmentally friendly, reconciling development and low pressure on natural resources.


In Cap Skirring, Agrisud works in partnership with the CPAS, which promotes full development in the Ziguinchor Region.

General objective: contributing to the local economic development in the environment of the Club Med’s village in Cap skirrin

Specific Objective: promoting the development of 60 agricultural VSBs that could improve improve local markets’ supply in fresh products as well as Club Med’s village needs.


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Revitalization of agricultural production of family farms – Departments of Diourbel and Fatick

Redynamisation de la production agricole au Sénégal

Market gardenings in the Diourbel region enjoyed a flourishing period and contributed for a long time to supply Dakar’s market. But this production has gradually deteriorated and is now reduced to a few localized sites.


Main constraints are:

    • lack of water control and water quality drilling;
    • land and vegetation cover degradation, particularly as a result of poor farming practices and actions of water and wind erosion;


  • difficult access to production factors (inputs, equipment ...);
  • low crop diversification;
  • low management rate in this sector;
  • lack of professionalism among producers and groups;
  • the aging of the rural population.


Due to the dynamic created by the 2014 -2016 pilot phase in the Diourbel area, the actions has been extended.

At the request of various Senegalese communities and because of a new context (new territorial divisions in France and Senegal), the project has expanded in the Fatick region with the same constraints:

  • unfavorable productive environment (land degradation, lack of tree cover or hedging, etc.);
  • unsafe market gardening perimeters (absence or deteriorated fence);
  • basic work equipment (both for rainfed/vegetable crops and for livestock farming);
  • poor control of technical itineraries (crops and livestock);
  • difficulties to sale market gardening production


General Objective: to fight against structural poverty and food insecurity of populations in Bambey, Diourbel, Fatick and Mbacke Departments.

Specific objective: to secure and sustainably improve the agricultural activities of 350 families living in 6 villages of the 4 departments by strengthening local skills.

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