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Rabat and Jerusalem sign agricultural accord

Israeli Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter also addressed a ministerial panel in Marrakesh.

Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, and Water and Forests Mohamed Sadiqi and Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Avi Dichter in Marrakesh, Sept. 28, 2023. Credit: Israeli Ministry of Agriculture.
Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, and Water and Forests Mohamed Sadiqi and Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Avi Dichter in Marrakesh, Sept. 28, 2023. Credit: Israeli Ministry of Agriculture.

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Avi Dichter and his Moroccan counterpart Mohamed Sadiki have signed an agreement to bolster agricultural cooperation between their two nations.

Dichter emphasized the importance of this cooperation, stating, “The declaration of intent on agricultural cooperation between Israel and Morocco is a significant step in our plan to expand Israel’s and Morocco’s international food security network. Our countries share common agricultural interests, along with challenges in other fields, and thanks to these warm relations we manage to reach wonderful places together.”

He stressed this cooperation’s role in global food security, especially amid increasing concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability. The agreement encompasses several areas of collaboration, including support for private agro-tech companies, the development of food supply chains, rural development, and agricultural production under challenging conditions, such as drought.

Israel’s status as an agro-tech innovation hub plays a central role in this cooperation, with the nation’s cutting-edge solutions for food production amid the changing climate. Dichter has made food security and sustainable agriculture a top priority, emphasizing the quality and sustainability of locally-grown produce.

The visit to Morocco is a significant step in strengthening agricultural and diplomatic ties between the two countries as it also underscores Israel’s commitment to the region.

During the visit, discussions focused on cooperation in wheat cultivation, similar to agreements Israel has with Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. The signing ceremony occurred as part of an Israeli delegation’s participation in the second African Conference on Health Risk Reduction in Marrakesh. Dichter also addressed a ministerial panel, which included agriculture ministers from nations with which Israel lacks diplomatic relations.

The declaration is another instance of booming diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco. The humanitarian connection between the two nations recently came to the forefront. In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Morocco, Israeli United Hatzalah volunteers swiftly shifted their focus from search and rescue to providing critical medical aid to earthquake victims.

This collaborative effort illustrated the growing humanitarian cooperation between the two countries, strengthening since their diplomatic normalization in December 2020 through the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords. Amid regional challenges, the diplomatic bond between Israel and Morocco remains stable and keeps evolving, noted officials.

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