|The Biological Diversity, Cultural and Economic Value of Medicinal, Herbal and Aromatic Plants in Morocco
The overall objective of the project is to support the conservation, management, and sustainable utilization of medicinal and herbal plants in Morocco while ensuring effective in situ protection of threatened habitats and ecosystems. The project will be located near Settat, a region characterized by large rain-fed grain farms. Because of the lack of income alternatives in this area, this region will be one of the most severely affected as the newly signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Morocco and United States eventually results in increased imports of U.S. grains and pulses. Medicinal plants offer one of the few viable cropping alternatives to grains in this area. This project is an extension of an on-going project in Tunisia, and is envisioned to extend further to other arid and semi-arid countries in the region. This project is supported by the USDA-FAS Section 108 Funds.
- The Centre d’Aridoculture (Arid Agriculture Center) is part of the Institut National de Recherche d’Agronomique (INRA), the major research body of the Ministry of Agriculture (http://www.inra.org.ma).
- The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is one of 16 international agricultural research centers that make up the CGIAR system (www.icarda.org).
- USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is providing technical assistance and guidance for this project.
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