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Argan-based agro-sylvo-pastoral system within the area of Ait Souab-Ait and Mansour, Morocco

GIAHS since 2018

The agro-forestry-pastoral system in Ait Souab-Ait Mansour is a unique region where argan trees have been cultivated for centuries. This system is based on agroforestry practices in dry stone terraces being highly resilient to arid environment, water scarcity and poor soils.  It uses only locally adapted species and pastoralism activities and relies on a traditional water management provided by the Matifiya - a rain water reservoir carved into rock.

The Amazigh indigenous communities as well as communities of Arab origin have developed a specific culture and identity sharing their traditional knowledge and skills. Although farmers earn the majority of their income from the cultivation of argan trees, the integrated system also provides them with other food and material such as staple crops, cereals, fire wood, meat and wool.

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Sites in Iran, Morocco and Spain recognized as important for the world’s agricultural heritage

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran, an argan-based agro-pastoral system in Morocco, and an ancient olive trees system in Spain today won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

FAO hails argan as SDGs champion

The extraordinary beneficial properties of the argania tree and the potential of the argan production sector in achieving sustainable development were showcased in the “Argania, Ancestral Source of Sustainable Development” event, which was hosted in the United Nations headquarters by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in New York.

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MOROCCO- Argan-based agro-sylvo-pastoral system within the area of Ait Souab-Ait and Mansour