If you enjoy citrus fruit, you most likely have tasted a clementine from Morocco, and there is a good chance it was grown in the country’s Souss Valley.
Located in Morocco’s southwest region, this fertile plain is an important agricultural zone that employs about 30 000 farmers in a combination of traditional and high-tech farming operations.
But climate change is threatening the valley’s key resource — its water, and subsequently, its vast irrigated area; a lifeline for food production. With changing and unpredictable rainfall patterns and prolonged periods of drought, the Souss Valley is faced with an uncertain future, placing livelihoods under threat.
Working to change course is Morocco’s Agency for Agricultural Development (ADA), a public agency focused on making the country’s agricultural sector climate-resilient and sustainable. ADA is one of GCF’s 54 Accredited Entities, becoming a GCF partner in March 2016.
One project ADA wants to develop and bring to the Green Climate Fund is aimed at boosting the resilience of the valley’s agricultural sector to climate change through an integrated approach to water management.
[Photo by Patrick Nouhailler | Flickr]