Rabat - SOS Maroc Terroir hosted its first ever eco-festival, entitled Young Climate Symposium, on April 16 in Fes, showcasing an array of agro-alimentary products from the region of Fes-Meknes and highlighting the importance of sensitivity to environmental issues.
Rabat – SOS Maroc Terroir hosted its first ever eco-festival, entitled Young Climate Symposium, on April 16 in Fes, showcasing an array of agro-alimentary products from the region of Fes-Meknes and highlighting the importance of sensitivity to environmental issues.
Considered a pioneer in production, the region of Fes-Meknes produces about 70% of all the agricultural products in the kingdom. To highlight this richness, SOS Maroc Terroir (which translates as “SOS Morocco Earth”), a member of the Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development (AMCDD), held its first”Young Climate Symposium,”adopting the motto,”All for the development of the region, enhancement and quality assurance, health and product safety.”
“Centering a debate around local products is intended to highlight the importance of these products in agriculture and human development by improving the income of farmers, particularly in rural areas of the Fez-Meknes region,” said Mounia Belghazi, the president of SOS Maroc Terroir, according to online publication LesEco.ma.
“In the framework of preparations for COP22,” she said,”the symposium is intended to give an overview of the role of the products with respect to the reduction of greenhouse gases and stabilization of local populations to adapt to climate change.” The symposium also is intended to facilitate funding for scientific research to help rural organizations and promote the marketing of their products.
The symposium created a space for young university doctoral students, professors, doctors and pharmacists, and other stakeholders to network and exchange their experiences. The conference was an opportunity to highlight and raise awareness on the importance of local products, as well as research projects for construction and innovation for the preservation of biodiversity.
The symposium also highlighted the disastrous consequences of climate change. After the symposium, guests were invited to a special tasting reception of the region’s products, including honey, saffran, and olive oil.
SOS Morocco Terroir is planning its next series of four workshops in different rural areas. Benghazi is also preparing a publication of a paperback book, entitled “Young Climate Symposium,”with 10,000 copies to be distributed to raise awareness of climate change. Benghazi, a producer herself, produces a high quality extra virgin olive oil under her own label L’mta.