Genesis Morocco: Morocco's Agricultural Profile. Imports vs Exports

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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Sunday, December 18, 2011    <<Home

Morocco's Agricultural Profile. Imports vs Exports

Following a demand by one of our readers about Morocco's agricultural profile, this is a compilation of data by the FAO over the last 5 years. It shows strong exports when rain has been abundant and weak exports otherwise. This dependency on rainfall has to be broken, and it can be through water desalination and micro-irrigation.

The data also shows a major deficiency in wheat production, capacity should be ramped up in the years ahead so as to become self sufficient in that important foodstuff. Relying over and over again on U.S imports, even at preferential rates, is detrimental to our food security for the future. A decennial plan to reach self sufficiency is wheat is totally workable, it makes no sense to pay in hard currency what we can grow at home.

Also, you can tell by our exports that our agriculture is completely geared up towards exports to the European market. That reliance will also have to be cut down and we need to start looking at what our neighboring countries, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt import and consume locally, as a way to strengthen the complementary and  integration of the Union of the Arab Maghreb' economies.



Source : FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization

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