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11 March, 2019 - 10:19 By Kate Sweeney

Rothamsted and Cranfield help drive Morocco AgriTech project

Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research

An international academic partnership has been announced by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco and two of the East of England and UK’s leading agricultural research institutions, Rothamsted Research and Cranfield University.

The partnership will be supported by OCP Group, which is one of the largest exporters of phosphate fertilisers in the world. The announcement comes on the back of growing relations between the UK and Morocco to strengthen collaboration in education, research and innovation fields. 

Up to 20 early career researchers in the agricultural sector will be supported both in Morocco and in the UK through the partnership.

The initial phase of the partnership will focus on the delivery of seven agricultural research projects and the creation of a Centre for Doctoral Training, supporting the development of the next generation of Moroccan scientists and engineers.

Professor Achim Doberman, director and chief executive of Rothamsted Research said: “The development of sustainable agriculture across Morocco, and Africa as a whole, is vital to the continent’s food security and economic growth. 

“The challenges are immense, but by nurturing the talent and enthusiasm of young scientists, I am confident that there can be bright future both for Africa’s famers and its environment.”

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