Promoting young entrepreneurs in rural areas through the creation of economic activities in Morocco.
Agrisud and its partners, the Norsys Foundation and ORMVAO, jointly led the Entrepreneurial initiatives program of Agricultural Services (INES).
Initiated by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, this project also received support from MASEN (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy).
The goal was to create both service activities that benefit farms in Ghassate and jobs for rural youth.
During the 18 months of the project, around ten young entrepreneurs have been supported in the creation of their business. Most of these new activities are Buy & Sell services of agricultural products (vegetables, eggs, dried fruit, etc.) which benefit 85 family farms. This, in turn, leads to the development of short supply chains to meet demands of the local market.
Thus, Mohamed and Saïd have started their activity of buying-selling irises and dry fruits since august 2016. In 7 months, they sold 4.9 tons of dried fruits for a turnover of 118,500 MAD (approximately 10,600 euros).
As for the company created by Soumyia, Aziz, Omar, Tayeb and Mohamed, it signed a 3-year contract with MASEN (the Moroccan agency in charge of sustainable energy) to set up and maintain an organic protection for the soils (plantations) around the solar power plant of Ouarzazate.
[Photo | Screengrab from "L'entrepreneuriat en milieu rural au Maroc" | Agrisud International]