Moroccan drought threatens food security far beyond its borders

Moroccan drought threatens food security far beyond its borders
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Morocco has faced consecutive years of drought, severely impacting the yields of food staples essential for both local consumption and export markets. 

 “We haven’t had a good year since 2000, and the last three years were the worst,” Mohamed Sadiri, a 77-year-old farmer told Bloomberg. “All we can do now is pray for God’s mercy.” 

Sadiri is one of approximately 1.2 million Moroccan grain farmers struggling with the effects of climate change. He recently transitioned from farming wheat to barley, which is more climate-resistant. 

According to Bloomberg, Morocco’s government projects its wheat yield will plummet to 2.5 million tons this year – the lowest since the global food crisis of 2007. 

To meet demand, the U.S. reportedly expects Morocco to import three times that amount this year, primarily from countries also experiencing reduced yields, driving up prices. 

Water reserves have sharply decreased straining fruit and vegetable crops traditionally exported. This has prompted authorities to restrict the export of onions and potatoes. 

Morocco is experimenting with various adaptation remedies to help small farmers but it’s a race against time. The impact on Morocco’s agriculture sector will have far-reaching consequences beyond its borders. 

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