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Côte d’Ivoire: Morocco OCP helps to enhance farming

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Côte d’Ivoire is getting help from Morocco’s Phosphates (OCP) to enhance their agricultural competitiveness and strengthen the impact of local development policies on rural populations.

To this end, the two sides agreed to a strategic partnership and signed a framework of the agreement on Monday in Abidjan.

This strategic partnership agreement covers an initial period of two years and provides for the implementation on the ground of three specific agreements, including the rice project in the north of the country, the creation of 30 new generation agricultural service centers, and the digital mapping of soil fertility.

The signing ceremony was chaired by Ivorian PM Patrick Achi during which the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Adjoumani Kouassi, said that the structural transformation of Ivorian farming will lead to an increase in agricultural productivity and farm incomes from 60% to 80% by 2030.

This will also add more value increase and create a significant number of job opportunities for youth and young women of the country.

Director-General of OCP Africa, an OCP Group subsidiary, Mohamed Anouar Jamali, announced that two other specific agreements will follow, to spread good practices within women’s cooperatives and to establish a mechanism to accompany and support Ivorian start-ups investing in agribusiness.

OCP Africa is working on the training of excellence of young people in agribusiness and agri-tech through the establishment of a “digital farmer school” backed by an experimental farm.

“This school which will be the first core of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Côte d’Ivoire will be the subject of a sixth specific agreement,” Jamali said.

 

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