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Morocco uses ties with Israel to improve water, food security

As Morocco battles water and food insecurity, Israel is becoming a strategic partner, with a number of sustainable solutions reflected in recent deals.
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RABAT — Morocco is using its new ties with Israel to combat water and food insecurity. A recent example of the budding partnership was a letter of intent earlier this month to investigate algae in the Sahara region. The investigation will include Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University UM6P and Israeli startups which focus on creating sustainable food solutions.

The Times of Israel reported that the startups are led by Israeli investment house Halman Aldubi Technologies, which produces fish food from municipal organic waste, insects, and algae. Such developments are vital for Morocco as it strives towards its goal to produce 350,000 tons of edible fish a year through aquaculture, up from its current 1,300 tons a year.

The announcement follows the partnership signed on Feb. 8 between Israeli AgriGo and Morocco’s National Agency for the Development of Aquaculture for an $11 million fish farm near Tangiers.

AgriGo uses nearshore and offshore marine cages to culture fish without removing them from the water. Israeli-developed technology means the farm runs on low energy and costs.

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