Hilale: Argan Tree Cultivation a Model in Efforts to Ensure Food Security in Africa

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Morocco’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Omar Hilale, has stressed that Morocco’s argan tree cultivation strategy, implemented under the high guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, serves as a model in efforts to ensure food security and sustainable development in Africa.

Mr Hilale’s comments were reported in an article published on UN Chronicles under the title “Argan farming can help fight climate change and support sustainable development”, on the occasion of International Argan Day (10 May).

In this article, the Moroccan ambassador highlighted the “clear and ambitious” vision of His Majesty the King to achieve food security in Africa, based on the Royal conviction that access to food and adequate resources is essential for a stable and prosperous Africa.

In this regard, Mr. Hilale stressed the need to increase agricultural productivity in Africa by investing in sustainable agricultural practices, such as organic farming, and improving irrigation and water management techniques.

The diplomat also noted that sustainable economic growth and job creation are key to achieving food security, pointing out that Morocco has prioritized investment in infrastructure, education, and technology, establishing vocational training centers in rural areas to enable young people to pursue careers in agriculture.

Mr. Hilale referred to the African Summit on Continental Co-Emergence, organized at the initiative of HM King Mohammed VI, during the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), as part of initiatives to combat the impact of climate change in Africa.

Hilale noted that Morocco’s vision for achieving food security in Africa is comprehensive and multifaceted, recognizing the interdependence between agriculture, poverty reduction, economic growth, and climate change.

“By celebrating International Argan Day, we also hope to create an ongoing momentum that advocates for home-grown solutions in which everyone has access to adequate, locally produced food and resources,” he says.

Jihan Rmili

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