Adaptation to Climate Change in two Rural Communities on the Plains and in the Mountains of Morocco

The poorest and most marginalized communities in Morocco live in arid and semi-arid areas, and are largely dependent on agriculture for their livelihood and food security. Already subject to episodic drought, increased climate variability is expected to exacerbate poverty and undermine socioeconomic gains made in recent decades in these vulnerable communities.

This project aims to build the adaptive capacity of two poor rural communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Building on assessments of past and projected climate change impacts on natural resources, agricultural systems and local residents, the research team will analyze risk behaviour under different climatic scenarios and strengthen local capacity to identify and formulate appropriate technical, institutional and policy options. The research will also support the development of community-based action plans.

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Start Date

Thursday, March 15, 2007

End Date

Sunday, August 28, 2011


42 months

IDRC Officer

Jobbins, Guy

Total funding

CA$ 294,703


Morocco, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Abdelouahid CHRIYAA


Institut national de la recherche agronomique

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