Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association, Slow Food, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, European Delegation for Family Farming in Latin America, Asia and Africa (DEAFAL), National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), International Centre for Agriculture in the Dry Lands (ICARDA), Imdoukal Znaga Cooperative, Aska Cooperative for Women and Children, Association Ait Lekak, Cadi Ayyad University, Cagliari Botanical Gardens, Federation for the Democratic League of Women’s Rights, Terre et Humanisme Maroc, Network for Agroecological Initiatives
Rangeland, Temperate forest, Forests, Temperate grassland
Threats To Biodiversity:
Land use change
Species conservation, Ex situ, Goods services, Sustainable use, Incentives
Research training, Research, Training, Taxonomy, Global plant strategy, Trade
Erosion of traditional agricultural knowledge, adaptive local practices and plant genetic resources negatively impacts High Atlas agroecosystems that sustain a biodiversity hotspot and community livelihoods. We assist local Amazigh farmers in rural communes to improve conservation, agricultural productivity and livelihoods benefits of five locally important, genetically diverse crops. Our project cycles through phases of agrobiodiversity assessment and ex-situ conservation; on-farm selection and sustainable cultivation of promising crop varieties; knowledge exchange, seed sharing, product innovation and commercialisation; and national policy support.