EU OKs New Aid Package for Morocco

Rabat's skyline. The European Commission has approved 135 million euros in aid for Morocco's poverty reduction initiatives. Photo by: Alexandre Baron / CC BY NC-SA Alexandre BaronCC BY NC-SA

The European Commission has approved a 135 million euro (USD178 million)  financial support package to help the Moroccan government implement agricultural reforms and other initiatives on poverty reduction.

The assistance will be disbursed as grants, according to a press release from the European Commission. Of the sum, 70 million euros will be directed to an agricultural policy program that targets small-scale farming in Morocco. The program aims to strengthen the crop-growing and livestock sectors, with an emphasis on improving the production and marketing of agricultural products.

Meanwhile, 55 million euros will help Morocco improve the road network of its isolated rural communities. The money will support the National Rural Roads Program, which seeks to connect far-flung areas to the main road network and build the communities’ capacity to manage these thoroughfares.

The remaining 10 million euros will build on the European Commission’s ongoing support for a literacy program in the country. The additional funding is targeted to further raise literacy rates and improve the capacity of non-governmental organizations involved in the project.

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