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Scaling up quinoa value chain to improve food and nutritional security in poor rural communities of Morocco

المجالات المواضيعية: 
Crop improvement and sustainable production
عرض المشكلة: 
Quinoa is a revenue-generating crop that has the potential to improve the livelihoods of poor smallholder farmers in areas with extreme soil and climatic conditions.‎ As such, it is well suited for addressing income challenges faced by smallholder farmers of marginal areas of Rehamna in Morocco.‎ Quinoa was introduced in Morocco in the 2000s, however its production has been constrained by lack of access to well-adapted and high-yielding cultivars, inappropriate crop management practices, weak value chains and limited market demand.‎
الهدف: 

The demand for quinoa is growing and many farmers have taken the initiative to grow quinoa in various regions across the country.‎ However, yield and production have been highly variable and inconsistent, averaging only 0.‎3-0.‎5 t/ha, while the maximum attainable yield can be up to 0.‎8-1.‎0 t/ha.‎ A range of factors affect quinoa production, including the choice of cultivars, optimal sowing date, nutrient management, etc.‎ Production and processing constraints that still need to be overcome in Morocco – in addition to those mentioned - include problems with seedling stand establishment, sensitivity to high temperatures and salinity, weed control and, more importantly, lack of knowledge about appropriate crop production/management practices.‎ There is also a need to raise greater awareness among farmers, relevant government entities, the private sector and the general public about quinoa’s economic benefits and its potential as a stress-tolerant alternative crop for marginal environments.‎

الشركاء: 
Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Rehamna Province, Ministry of Agriculture departments
فترة المشروع: 
نوفمبر, ۲۰۱۷ - نوفمبر, ۲۰۲۰
Funding Agency: 
International Development Research Centre ‪(IDRC)‬
النطاق الجغرافي: 
Rehamna region, Morocco
اتصال: 
Dr.‎ Hirich Abdelaziz