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Sustainable enhancement of the farming sector performances (phase 2) — Ghassate
Agroecology and energy complex
Soon after the installation of its Ouarzazate solar energy complex in Ghassate, MASEN sought for Agrisud’s support in order to help build momentum for sustainable economic growth in favour of the local community.
In cooperation with ORMVAO and the Norsys Foundation, pilot actions were launched in mid 2014. Their main goal was the professionalisation of family farms in various zones of Ghassate. The method used encouraged the dissemination of knowledge towards other farms.
Within 2 years, 119 families adopted better practices in vegetable and fruit cultivation as well as in small animal farming. New commercial sectors were explored, revenues increased and business dynamics was created.
The expansion phase started for 350 VSB on November 1st in 2016.
Expected results:350 VSB (Very Small Businesses) Budget :€ 460,000 over 2016-2019 Funding :MASEN, Acwa Power Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :Norsys Foundation, ORMVAO (Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate)
Tamount Project in Southern Morocco: Professional organization for sustainable farming
The oasis area has been victim of climatic upheaval therefore the goal of this project is to support the professional organization of sustainable family farming in Southern Morocco (Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir).
More specifically, it should reinforce the capacity of 135 family farms to implement their activities and help 7 professional groups to secure and develop agricultural activities (support services and integrate industries).
Expected results:Support 135 farms in 11 villages, create/reinforce 7 cooperative groups and energize short courses enhancing products Budget :€60,600 between 2013 and 2014 Funding :Aquitaine’s Regional Council and another yet to enlist Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :ORMVAO – Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate (Regional office for Ouarzazate’s farming enhancement), Association Cœur de palmier (The Heart of palm Organization), AMAID
Entrepreneurial INitiatives program of agricultural Services – Ghassate city, Ouarzazate
Agriculture in Ghassate consists of small family farms facing environmental problems (drought, floods, ...) and socio-economic problems (limited land, lack of labor, distance from markets).
Agrisud and its partners have undertaken several actions in this region so that populations improve the performance of their agricultural activities and thus generate more income.
This project aims to promote entrepreneurship of rural youth through the creation of economic
activities serving family farms in this area (fruit-tree pruning, buying and reselling of products, etc.).
Expected results:10 VSB (Very Small Businesses) of farming services Budget :€65,000 over 2015-2017 Funding :Aquitaine Region, MASEN Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :ORMVAO, Norsys Foundation
Strenghtening and sustainable development of farming activities in Marrakech’s palm grove
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.
Expected results:50 pilot family farms supported in an enhanced management of farming activities for a greater performance of agroenvironmental, economic and social plans Budget :€863,000 over 2015-2017 Funding :OCP, OCP Foundation, Norsys Foundation, Plan Maroc Vert, Agrisud and beneficiaries contributions Project management :Agrisud and the Norsys Foundation Partnerships :Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment, OCP Foundation, Norsys Foundation, Services Agricoles, Eaux et Forêts, ADEREE
Fruit farming professionalization (phase IV) and securing access to water — Asni Circle
In Asni’s farming valley (50km from Marrakech), the weather is quite good to fruit growing. However, there are two constraints: not enough information or training on orchard management and bad valuation of products on the market. As the farmers’ incomes are decreasing they often have to migrate or have another activity. Agrisud is leading this project with its Moroccan partner, the Norsys Foundation and support from the Club Med. The goal is to professionalize the farmers and their grouping.
Expected results:22 very small family farms supported, 1 cooperative created, the sector organized and access to the Club Med market. Budget :€64,200 in 2015 Funding :Club Med, Friends of the Club Med Foundation, Roi Baudoin Foundation, Norsys Foundation, Tifawine Cooperative Project management :Agrisud, Norsys Foundation Partnerships :Tifawine agroecological fruit Cooperative, Norsys Foundation
Livestock rearing good proctice guide for southern Morocco
Expected results:translation into Arabic and circulation of the guide. Budget :€15K. Funding :application made to the Crédit Agricole Marocain. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate.
Improving services to olive oil producers in Ouled Massaoud – Touiza project
Expected results:El Mohamadia oil cooperative supported within a Social Economy and Solidarity framework. Budget :€19K over 2011-2012. Funding :CFSI - Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale, AGRISUD. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :El Mohamadia Oil Cooperative, Coeur de Palmier, AMAID, ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate.
Professionalzing family agriculture ine the oases of Zagora, Tinghir and Ouarzazate
Expected results:120 agricultural VSEs supported, organisation of the sector and access to tourism facilities, notably the Accor hotels. Budget :€59K over 2010-2012. Funding :Accor, MC² Partenaire/In Extenso, Fondation Naturex. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :Cœur de Palmier, ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate, AMAID.
Learning cycle promoting agroecological practices
Agrisud has a constant focus on boosting the action capacities of NGOs, organizations, professional groups, and also those of its own projects’ teams. Transfers of skills are made via « learning cycles ».
Promoting agroecological practices
Based on the “Agroecology in Practice” guide (Agrisud, 2010), this course helps participants learn these practices. It is based on transferring methods and tools to:
- Understand agroecology and its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
- Understand the sustainable management of a farming system;
- Analyze the context of operation and identify the appropriate agroecological practices;
- Be able to spread these practices.
Expected results:21 Moroccan and Tunisian participants trained, 1 good practice guide for sheep farming in Southern Morocco. Budget :€32K over 2011 - 2012. Funding :CDC, ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate (ORMVAO). Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :ORMVAO.