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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Towards a just agricultural transition in North Africa

This article looks at the challenges, components and characteristics of a just transition within the agriculture sector in North Africa. 

As in many other countries, the last few years have seen local and traditional knowledge of food systems, and ecological and regenerative agriculture, put forward as solutions to the dominant agri-food system and ecological crises in North Africa.

However, these new dynamics have not been sufficiently studied: there is no overview of these developments or the practices and networks upholding them. This article fills this gap by evaluating and comparing agricultural policy transformations and the possibilities of a just transition in the agriculture sectors in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

The article is divided into three sections. 
  1. The first section analyses agricultural policies and the trajectory of agricultural development in the region. 
  2. The second section explores questions of environmental and climate debt, as well as the effects of uneven environmental changes on natural resources and opportunities for development. 
  3. The third section presents and discusses ecological and regenerative agriculture, local initiatives and networks of actors who are building a just transformation of agriculture in North Africa.

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