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Public lecture by Prof. Mohamed Ait Kadi from Morocco on the effects of climate change in Africa

On 10th May 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted the public lecture of Prof. Mohamed Ait Kadi, President of the General Council on Agricultural Development of the Kingdom of Morocco. The event was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Budapest.

The event was opened by H.E. Márton Schőberl, the Director of IFAT. In his introductory remarks, he highlighted the importance of discussing long-term strategic challenges such as climate change at a time when we are somewhat overwhelmed by the most recent, short-term breaking news from all over the world.

Prof. Mohamed Ait Kadi, President of the Moroccan General Council on Agricultural Development spoke about the impact of global warming on Africa, where food security remains a fundamental challenge. Morocco plays a key role in alleviating this problem, both through its Green Morocco Plan as well as the so-called Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA Initiative).

The short film providing an overview of the Green Morocco Plan highlighted its main objectives, namely the technological development of Moroccan agriculture to create jobs and improve food security throughout the African continent.

The Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative was proposed by the Government of Morocco at the UN’s 2016 climate summit held in Marrakech. As Prof. Ait Kadi mentioned, global warming in the African context not only affects the environment, but also leads to massive security and humanitarian challenges. To this end, the AAA Initiative supports agricultural development and food security while also helping to eradicate poverty and adapt to climate change.

The public lecture was followed by a reception kindly catered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Hungary.