“The farm of the future integrates the best of technology and ancient wisdom.”
A shrinking amount of water, unpredictable weather, higher temperatures, and less availability of good seeds — each of these factors creates difficulties for Moroccan farmers.
In the showdown between agriculture and climate change, the latter seems to be winning — until you pay a visit to Marrakesh Organics, where Omar Hajji and his team are hard at work constructing the “farm of the future.”
Contrary to its name, Marrakesh Organics is located south of the city — a 45-minute drive towards the outline of the Atlas Mountains, off the main highway, and into the Ourika Valley. The drive bears evidence to the dryness of the region: cacti drooping, shrivelled, and deflated — the area has not seen rain for eight months.
But arriving at Marrakesh Organics provides plenty of hopeful solutions, and the experience of Omar and another of his co-founders, Kenza Isnasni. The two have worked since 2014 to create an ecological training center and demonstration farm that is safeguarding the region against the troubling predicament of climate change and drought.
[Photo by See Jane Travel | Flickr]