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Moroccan, Dutch experts forge partnership for sustainable agriculture

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Researchers from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus alliance, alongside three Moroccan knowledge institutions, agricultural firms, and governmental bodies from both countries, are teaming up to bolster sustainability in Morocco’s agricultural sector.

This collaboration will be discussed in an upcoming visit on February 27th, led by Annetje Ottow, Chair of the University of Leiden and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus alliance, to the Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR) in Rabat. 

The meeting with key stakeholders is scheduled to occur following the signing of an intent declaration in November 2023. 

The discussion will center on creating a stakeholder network to promote sustainable agriculture in Morocco.

This collaboration comes against the pressing need to balance food production with environmental preservation amidst the increasing global population. 

According to The Centre for Sustainability, leveraging greenhouse technology holds promise for Morocco, a vital European supplier. However, challenges like water scarcity and the need for resilient cultivation methods persist, requiring joint efforts between Dutch and Moroccan authorities.

Expertise from institutions such as TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the Leiden Centre for Environmental Sciences will complement the invaluable local knowledge contributed by Moroccan counterparts.

Moroccan knowledge institutions will offer insights into local farming practices and environmental conditions in this collaboration. 

TU Delft brings expertise in water management and advanced technologies such as sensors, vital for enhancing efficiency in greenhouse operations. This includes optimizing irrigation systems to boost crop yields. 

Erasmus University Rotterdam fosters collaboration within supply chains, ensuring better product storage and quicker transportation, ultimately reducing harvest wastage. 

The Institute for Environmental Studies Leiden (CML) contributes valuable insights into environmental analyses, crucial for assessing agricultural impacts. 

Set against this backdrop, a forthcoming visit by a Moroccan delegation to the Netherlands from February 13th to 15th, 2024, is poised to deepen collaboration further. 

This visit aims to boost trade and foster joint research initiatives, reinforcing the commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.

The visit will culminate in a seminar jointly organized with Dutch stakeholders, offering an opportunity for knowledge exchange and fostering enhanced collaboration within the horticultural sector.

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