MOROCCO / MIGRATION FARMERS

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19-Sep-2019 00:03:02
Reducing and reversing migration is the goal of an IFAD-supported project in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. In an area of high youth unemployment, the project has implemented agricultural cooperatives that create jobs and encourage young people to return to farming. IFAD

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STORY: MOROCCO / MIGRATION FARMERS
TRT: 3.03
SOURCE: IFAD
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 – 26 MAY 2019, MOROCCO

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, landscape with roads and mountains in the background
2. Med shot, workers transferring apples into boxes
3. Close up, apples
4. Close up, workers covering with plastic apples’ boxes
5. Close up, from apples’ box to close up of a worker
6. Wide shot, farmers checking an apple tree
7. Wide shot, farmer cutting leaves from an apple tree
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abderrahman Aissaouin, President, Touffaha Cooperative:
“In the past, our parents used to handle trees in an ineffective way, randomly. They planted apple trees, but they earned nothing.”
9. Wide shot, farmer irrigating a field
10. Close up, early apples on the tree
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Brahim Laaouina, Member, Agadir Igoudar Cooperative:
“Before joining this cooperative, I had left the village. I was working in the city. But when the cooperative was being formed, I got a call from my friends, thank Allah. Since 2014 I have been back in my village.”
12. Med shot, girl handing cheese to another girl
13. Med shot, women packaging cheese
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karima Benaicha, Member, El Oulfa Cheese Cooperative:
“If I didn’t come here what would I have done? I don’t know what to say. I would have been unemployed.”
15. Med shot, girl labelling cheese
16. Close up, packaged cheese
17. SOUNDBITE (French) My Abdellah Mendili, Provincial Director of Agriculture, Marrakech:
“If we could replicate this project, in my opinion, young people could find themselves in the fabric of the economy and they would breathe new life and boost agriculture in the mountain areas and through them, the mountain areas will become a source of wealth creation instead of an area of poverty and unemployment.”
18. Med shot, clients buying cheese
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Kerroum, Vice-President of Attaysisir Cooperative:
“In 2015 we won the award for the best olive press in the region; And now working within the cooperative, we win awards one by one.”
20. Med shot, girl writing on a notebook
21. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karima Benaicha, Member, El Oulfa Cheese Cooperative:
“I get very happy when all the products are sold and when people like our cheese, because I feel like I've put effort into something productive.”
22. Wide shot, farmer irrigating a field
23. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abderrahman Aissaouin, President, Touffaha Cooperative:
“We abandoned the idea of migrating to the city or living somewhere else. We will stay on this land. We will develop its agriculture until we die.”
24. Med shot, farmers chatting
25. Wide shot, landscape with mountains in the background

STORYLINE:

In the remote mountains of the Al Haouz province in Morocco, farmers prepare their products, getting them ready for sale.

In a region where unemployment is among the highest in the world, the changes have been remarkable. For many years, young farmers were migrating to the cities. climate change raised concerns about shrinking harvests, and farming technology handed down through the generations was antiquated.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abderrahman Aissaouin, President, Touffaha Cooperative:
“In the past, our parents used to handle trees in an ineffective way, randomly. They planted apple trees, but they earned nothing.”

In order to turn their lives around, adopt new techniques and sell their products to a wider market, farming cooperatives were formed with the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

This IFAD-supported project has contributed to creating jobs in the Atlas Mountains, and reversing the steady flow of migration.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Brahim Laaouina, Member, Agadir Igoudar Cooperative:
“Before joining this cooperative, I had left the village. I was working in the city. But when the cooperative was being formed, I got a call from my friends, thank Allah. Since 2014 I have been back in my village.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karima Benaicha, Member, El Oulfa Cheese Cooperative:
“If I didn’t come here what would I have done? I don’t know what to say. I would have been unemployed.”

SOUNDBITE (French) Abdellah Mendili, Provincial Director of Agriculture, Marrakech:
"If we could replicate this project, in my opinion, young people could find themselves in the fabric of the economy and they would breathe new life and boost agriculture in the mountain areas and through them, the mountain areas will become a source of wealth creation instead of an area of poverty and unemployment."

For many young people in the Al Haouz region, the cooperatives have improved production techniques, and strengthened their bargaining power, leading to a new sense of pride in their products.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Kerroum, Vice-President of Attaysisir Cooperative:
“In 2015 we won the award for the best olive press in the region; And now working within the cooperative, we win awards one by one.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karima Benaicha, Member, El Oulfa Cheese Cooperative:
“I get very happy when all the products are sold and when people like our cheese, because I feel like I've put effort into something productive.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abderrahman Aissaouin, President, Touffaha Cooperative:
“We abandoned the idea of migrating to the city or living somewhere else. We will stay on this land. We will develop its agriculture until we die.”
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