Morocco: The Culture in Agriculture

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May 28 - June 18, 2015

Application Deadline:
February 16, 2015

Morocco is a North African Mediterranean country with scenic beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers. These natural resources are threatened by unsustainable agricMoroccoultural production practices, including annual crop cultivation on steep, highly erosive soils. A massive transformation in agriculture is taking place to replace annual wheat and legume crops with perennial fruit tree production. You will travel throughout Morocco and will learn about the benefits of this transformation for the rural economy, conservation of soil and water resources, and improvement in contemporary urban life. You will experience the beauty of Morocco's diverse scenery, and visit ancient medinas that exhibit breathtaking architecture in Rabat, and Meknes, two of Morocco's four World Heritage Cities. Moroccan food is recognized as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world, and you will find couscous, bastille, tajine, and harira among other delicious dishes that showcase the country's agriculture. You will also discover Morocco's vibrant natural resource based handicraft industries.

Cultural excursions include:

  • Rabat, the coastal capital city filled with many historic sites including the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Rabat is also a center for agricultural produce markets and handicraft production.
  • Chefchaouen, a white washed city located in the Rif mountains, was originally built as a fortress in the 15th century.
  • Ouezzane, is surrounded by rural areas with large olive tree plantations
  • Beni Mellal, an important economic hub near Atlas Mountains, and the Bin El Windane reservoir

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Who will benefit?

Students interested in sustainability, conservation and management of natural resources, water management, climate change, and agriculture.

Program cost

$5,200-$5,800. Includes airfare, lodging and most meals, health insurance and transportation. Some meals and personal expenses are additional.

Program leaders

David Mulla is a professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate; the director of the Precision Agriculture Center; and a founding fellow in the Institute on the Environment. His research emphasizes water and soil resources, conservation and management. He is collaborating in the Millennium Challenge Corporation to reduce soil erosion and conserve water in Morocco.