The dimension of sustainable development is part of the fundaments of the Green Morocco Plan through the adoption of the most effective and economical adaptive intervention measures while paying particular attention to the safeguarding of natural resources for sustainable agriculture.
The setting out of these measures has had positive effects on the environment through:
Mitigation measures (fruit trees plantation program, rationalization of the use of fertilizers and pesticides, management of agricultural waste, etc.).
Adaptation measures (implementation of inclusive solidarity agricultural projects pillar II, national program for saving irrigation water PNEEI, grants from the Agricultural Development Fund, agronomic research ...).
Thus and to implement these actions, the Green Morocco Plan has attracted since its launching in 2009, significant funding from technical and financial partners. The portfolio of projects led by the Agency that are funded by these donors is composed by 19 programs/projects supporting agricultural sector.
Two types of financing are to be distinguished:
- Funding for solidarity agriculture by multilateral and bilateral donors.
- Financing for strengthening the resilience of agriculture to climate change granted by climate funds.
The portfolio of programs/projects funded by “classical” donors and managed by the ADA consists of eight (8) support programs to pillar II of the Green Morocco Plan. These programs are financed by five (5) donors (Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), French Development Agency, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Belgian Cooperation (ENABEL) , and the Hassan II Fund (FH II), and also a support program related to the development of value chains by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the National Plan for Water Irrigation Saving.
In addition to the funds raised from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the French Global Environment Fund (FFEM), the Agricultural Development Agency was able to mobilize more climate finance through its accreditation in 2012 by the Adaptation Fund (AF) and in 2016 by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The portfolio of programs/projects related to climate change adaptation managed by the Agency reaches ten (10) programs / projects.
As the first nationally accredited entity, the ADA assists national institutions wishing to benefit from Green Climate Fund funding, through:
- Support for setting up bankable projects according to the GCF's eligibility criteria;
- Submission of proposed projects to the GCF Secretariat;
- Mobilization of necessary funding;
- Monitoring the implementation of funded projects.
In order to attract more climate finance, the ADA has mobilized a support grant (Readiness Grant) from the Green Climate Fund to raise the level of accreditation from 50 to more than 150 million US dollars per project.