“MOROCCO: First phase of Toubkal sustainable arboriculture project completed” – Afrik 21 – April 14, 2020

On April 14, 2020 Afrik 21 reported that “(t)he sustainable arboriculture project in Toubkal, southern Morocco, is progressing well. The first phase has recently been finalised and a total of 8,000 fruit trees have been planted. The initiative aims to provide the inhabitants of the commune of Toubkal with a sustainable source of income. It also helps to regenerate the vegetation cover and combat soil erosion.

As part of the Toubkal tree cultivation project, the High Atlas Foundation (FHA) is supported by the Global Environment Facility’s microfinance programme, the United Nations Development Programme and the Crédit Agricole du Maroc (CAM) Group, through its Foundation for Sustainable Development. The latter is responsible for the acquisition and planting of organic fruit tree seedlings for small farmers, training farmers in grafting these trees, the specifics of organic maintenance, harvesting the fruit and handling it organically until it is marketed.

The Crédit Agricole du Maroc Foundation also undertakes to finance the organic certification of these micro orchards by means of group certification, as well as the production of educational material (a documentary film) that will enable the replication of organic mountain arboriculture initiatives in other regions of Morocco.”

You may read the article on the Afrik 21 internet site.