COP 22: Morocco Promotes Insurance as Key to Reducing the Vulnerability of Africa and its Agriculture to Climate Change
Marrakech 09/11/2016 (MAP) – Morocco promoted insurance as key to reducing the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture during a side-event held on Tuesday in Marrakech at the African Pavilion at the COP 22.
“Insurance is a key component of the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA),” a move that aims at reducing the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change which represents one of the main objectives of Morocco’s COP22 presidency, Mohamed El Guerrouj, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Agricultural Development (ADA) highlighted.
“The impacts of climate change are already impacting agricultural productivity and revenue as well as increasing rural flight,” he added, during this event, held by the ADA in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).
On this occasion, participants from Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and France highlighted the vulnerability of African agriculture to climate change, while stressing the need for gearing index-based insurance towards reinforcing small-scale farmers’ resilience and adaptation to climate change effects.