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MOSAICC tool will help assess the effects of climate change on agriculture in Morocco

Boulemane Province, Morocco - MOSAICC will help users understand the effects of climate change on agriculture. (Photo: ©FAO/Djibril Sy)
22 Apr 2013, Morocco

With support from the EU/FAO programme on ”Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction”, FAO has developed “MOSAICC” - an interdisciplinary package of models to simulate the impact of climate change on agriculture. A pilot test of MOSAICC has been organized with partner institutions in Morocco. The test is the first full implementation of the system in any country and will result in the compilation of  version 1.0 of MOSAICC.

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MOSAICC pilot test and climate change impact study

MOSAICC will help four national institutions and seven river basin agencies in Morocco understand the potential effects of climate change on:

  • crop yields;
  • surface water resources;
  • the national economy.

The objectives of the pilot test are to:

  • evaluate the models and their integration;
  • test the system architecture; and
  • improve the software, based on real life application, before further dissemination.
Next steps
  • Setting up a working group to manage MOSAICC
  • Installing a server in Morocco to host the system
  • Training experts to use the system and its models

Finally a detailed impact study will be carried out in Morocco and presented to governing institutions.

Calendar of activities
April 2013 Installation of the MOSAICC server in Morocco
22 April - 13 June 2013 Training in system administration, climate data downscaling and interpolation, hydrology, crop yield and economic modeling.
14 June 2013 Workshop on the design of the impact study
June-February 2014 Models testing and impact study
March 2014 Final workshop

Oscar Rojas
Natural Resources Officer – Agrometeorologist 

Francois Delobel
System Development Coordinator

The “Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction” programme is funded by the European Union with additional resources provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The programme is managed by FAO and collaborates with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)”