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ETF study on the future of skills in the agri-food sector in Morocco

The European Training Foundation has recently published the study on the future of skills in the agri-food sector in Morocco.

Here is the link to ETF’s website: www.etf.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/publications/future-skills-case-study-agri-food-sector-morocco

The report is part of the work on the future of skills in specific economic sectors and brings new innovative knowledge on emerging skills needs, gathered through traditional empirical research methods and the use of Big Data.

In particular, through machine learning techniques, ETF could investigate thousands of patents, documents, scientific papers which highlighted upcoming technologies in the sector, and that were then used to derive emerging skills needs and occupations. This information was complemented by focus groups, bilateral interviews with stakeholders and a survey with a group of innovative companies.

Few hints:

•    It is not all about digital &technology: these are two key trends impacting the sector, however, other trends are playing a key role, in particular climate change and  greening: new forms of production could determine a new development model for the whole country, impacting on almost half of the total labour force.  Growth and social improvements are at the core of the new Green Morocco Plan (2020-2030).

•    The capacity of the agri-food sector to obtain maximum benefits from the ongoing changes depends on the availability of skills to facilitate the introduction, use, and maintenance of new technologies and to build on the opportunities offered by new trends overall.

•    Both technology and business services-related occupations will be affected by change. The new skills needed to master the interface with new technologies will also affect the role of more traditional jobs in agri-food such as agronomists and food specialists. Entirely new professions will emerge, typically at the boundary between disciplines.

•    Given the specific configuration of the sector in the country (mostly characterised by a large traditional farming community), boosting cooperation among small farmers and ensuring transfer of knowledge and technology to them have a transformative potential for the whole society: they could boost the adoption of the green sustainability agenda, foster innovation and new types of employment and socio-economic development.

The report includes much more and is also accompanied by a summary note: https://www.etf.europa.eu/sites/default/files/2021-04/future_of_skills_agri-food_sector_in_morocco_summary_note.pdf

Should you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact Francesca Rosso <Francesca.Rosso@etf.europa.eu> who coordinated the study and is available to discuss further.