Morocco has donated 2 000 tonnes of fertilizers to Gabon in a bid to support the country’s farmers, particularly in the current global food crisis and fertilizer supply difficulties. The donation was handed over by King Mohammed VI to Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba.
According to a release issued by Morocco’s ministry of foreign affairs, African cooperation and Moroccan expatriates, the meeting also provided an opportunity to review the state of bilateral partnership in all fields and highlight the strong bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between the two countries.
This act of solidarity is said to be part of Morocco’s concern for the farmers in Gabon. The country plans to follow up with structural actions to ensure that farmers have access to quality and affordable fertilizers specifically adapted to the needs of soils and crops in the region.
Besides King Mohammed VI and Ondimba, the Libreville meeting this week was also attended by government ministers such as Nasser Bourita and Yolande Nyonda, and Jean-Yves Teale, secretary-general of Gabon.
Together, they discussed the importance of improving agriculture in Gabon, which has been facing numerous challenges.
The Central African country is heavily dependent on food imports, with approximately 80% of its food being imported. This has led to high food prices and food insecurity for many Gabonese people. The country’s agricultural sector has also been struggling, with low productivity and a lack of modernisation.
Experts believe the agricultural sector in Gabon has significant potential for growth, with vast land areas suitable for agriculture and a favourable climate. The sector provides employment for a significant portion of the population.