Agriculture & Fisheries

Morocco Agriculture & Fisheries

Agriculture accounts for around 14% of GDP and 35-40% of jobs in Morocco. Driven in large part by the national agricultural policy, the Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert, PMV), the sector’s GDP contribution increased by 57% between 2008 and 2015 to reach Dh115bn (€10.5bn). Among the key changes in the sector since the launch of the PMV is a shift in structure: Moroccan agriculture today is less dependent on cereals output for growth. Results borne of this strategy became most evident when, at the start of the 2015/16 agricultural season, severe droughts hit the country, leaving little hope for prosperous cereal yields. The increased value addition, however, is expected to offset the decline in upstream cereals production. In addition, efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change are playing a significant role in improving the sector’s resilience.

This chapter contains an interview with Mohammed Fikrat, CEO, Cosumar.