The impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt around the world, underscoring the urgency of reducing carbon emissions and moving toward a sustainable and resilient future. Agriculture, the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, plays a crucial role in decarbonization efforts. Although it accounts for about a quarter of global emissions, the agricultural sector offers many opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
In order to capitalize on these opportunities and accelerate the adoption of Carbon Farming in Morocco, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, through the AgriTech Center of Excellence, and the International Labor Organization, through ProAgro, are collaborating to address the challenges of climate change and implement innovative solutions for the decarbonization of agribusiness, while taking an inclusive approach to Morocco's agricultural and agribusiness ecosystem.
This collaboration is based on several axes, including awareness, training, R&D and innovation, mobilizing national and international experts to share knowledge, exchange expertise and develop programs that support sustainable and resilient agriculture and are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Farming Innovation Program - Carbon Farming
The Carbon Edition of the Farming Innovation Program was jointly launched by AgriEdge and ProAgro in November 2022 to create an innovation hub for aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in decarbonization and carbon sequestration, to mobilize the local ecosystem towards a low-carbon Moroccan agribusiness and to encourage Moroccan farmers to produce carbon credits. The program provides technical and business coaching to the selected teams, and puts them in direct contact with mentors and researchers from UM6P and ILO. In addition, it offers them international visibility and the opportunity to integrate a community of professionals in this field.
AgriEdge is a Business Unit of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Benguerir (UM6P). Specialized in precision agriculture, its ambition is to rationalize the use of agricultural resources, to make agriculture more productive and efficient while meeting the challenges of sustainable production set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
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The AgriTech Center of Excellence of UM6P aims to promote research, development, and technology transfer in AgriTech. It carries the mission to develop precision agriculture adapted to the context of African agriculture and to make digital a strategic lever to develop sustainable and profitable agriculture on a national and continental scale. The AgriTech Center of Excellence actively contributes to the development of the AgriTech ecosystem through several initiatives such as the Farming Innovation Program, an acceleration program for AgriTech startups; InFarmer, intensive training to train AgriTech agents; and the Agri Analytics Days, the Centre's scientific platform.
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AgriTech Center of Excellence
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is a private non-profit university with an international vocation, created in 2013 by the OCP Foundation and inaugurated by King Mohammed VI in 2017. It is oriented towards applied research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Having as its primary mission the development of knowledge, science, and technology, UM6P has set great ambitions, including the training of a new generation of competent and committed leaders. UM6P is also connected to a highly diversified national and international network, through partnerships with higher education establishments, research institutions and industrial players.
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Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique
The only tripartite agency of the United Nations, the ILO has brought together governments, employers and workers from 187 member states since 1919 to set labor standards develop policies and design programs to promote decent work for all women and all men. The main objectives of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, improve social protection, and strengthen dialogue on labor issues.
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Organisation Internationale du Travail