#CMF17 in Dakhla (March 16 to 21) : gathering political leaders, experts and key stakeholders to address Agriculture & Food Security in Africa & the SIDS

The Crans Montana Forum is an international non-governmental Organisation committed to building a more Humane and Impartial World through encouraging international Cooperation and global Growth. It also aims to foster best practices and ensure a permanent dialogue between key decision-makers.

For the third consecutive year, under the High Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, the Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation will take place Dakhla (Morocco) from March 16 to 21, gathering political leaders, experts and stakeholders around the issues of Africa and South-South Cooperation. From year to year, the Forum has established itself as a promotor of a unique Moroccan system that has remained stable and prosperous in a regional context prone to geopolitical upheavals.

The 2017 edition will open an in-depth debate on the new Africa for the 21st Century, with a special focus on Food Security and Agriculture in Africa and the SIDS.

Although the continent is responsible for only four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change — especially with regard to its agricultural interests. Even with a hypothetical (and optimistic) predicted rise of global temperature by two degrees Celsius, scientists have, nonetheless, estimated a fifteen to twenty percent decline in agricultural production levels by 2050. This poses a large problem for Food security in Africa, as the total African population is expected to double in number by the same year.

It is estimated that agricultural productivity would have to triple by 2050 in order to meet the demands of a growing population. However, the funding for such a global challenge is insufficient and requires greater international attention.

For this reason, this year’s Crans Montana Forum will organise an Exceptional High-Level Panel on March 17 dedicated to key topics around Agriculture & Food security : African Agriculture Adaptation financing, climate risk and insurance. Indeed, these major challenges require innovative actions from all major stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable food and agricultural practices.

One of these funding mechanisms is the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) Initiative to improve land management and promote innovative fund mechanisms for small-scale farmers. It aims to dedicate significant funding toward these projects, representing the continent’s greatest priorities: management of agricultural water & soils, dedication of financial and insurance assets to small agriculture.

Sustainable Agriculture has become a pillar of Moroccan’s Cooperation policies towards its African partners. This High-Level Panel will offer the opportunity to present Plan Maroc Vert (Green Morocco Plan), which appears as a model of Agricultural Development, to Representatives coming from the whole Continent but also numerous High-Level Delegations from the SIDS sharing the same challenges.