Science Talk: Quinoa-Olive based agroforestry, An innovative model for Enhancing Land Use Efficiency in Salt-affected Semi-Arid Regions

  • Date
  • Time
    02:00 pm > 03:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference W 113, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Resilient Landscape, Agronomy Gains,  Scaling Innovations

During our session, we will outline the pivotal role of tree-based farming in Morocco amidst ongoing climate change conditions. We will provide valuable insights into the challenges in terms of adaptability of the existing traditional agroforestry systems to an ever-changing climate, while also showcasing opportunities for diversification, ecosystem services enhancement and livelihoods improvement. 

The panel will explore successful traditional practices from various regions in Morocco, emphasizing the positive outcomes of biosaline agroforestry in salt-prone areas to combat abiotic stress. We will also examine the emerging model of quinoa and fruit tree-based agroforestry as a promising approach for enhancing and sustaining the marginal land use efficiency. 

The panel will examine the role of scientific research in this field, focusing on the synergies between research and development through a participatory approach that involves both scientists and farmers. Emphasizing the need for sustainable practices, the discussion will highlight the importance of research in fostering appropriate interactions between trees and annual crops to achieve a balance between productivity and sustainability.

During our session, we will highlight the need for continuous dialogue and further interdisciplinary collaborations to leverage the full potential of agroforestry systems for addressing pressing agricultural challenges to food security and increasing the resilience of vulnerable smallholders, and their farming systems, to undesired effects of social-ecological change. 

One of the key expected outcomes is to discuss our vision for a new mega program aimed at promoting agroforestry in Morocco. This innovative approach is closely aligned with the objectives of the national Green Generation strategy (2020-2030), which seeks to make farming more rewarding and enhance sustainable agriculture by integrating climate-smart practices.

This 90-minute session will include a 5-minute opening remarks, 25-minute dynamic and meaningful presentation on trees-based farming in Morocco, Case studies on quinoa, olive based agroforestry, a 40-minute panel discussion, 15-Q and A, 5-concluding remarks


  • Ilham Abidi, Ministry of Agricure, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests/IAV, Hassan II
  • Faouzi Bekkaoui, Director of National Institute of Agronomic Research, Rabat, Morocco
  • Didier Bazile, Cirad, France
  • Hamid Mahyou, INRA, Oujda, Morocco