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Standing amid rows of fava bean plants, Badaoui Abdel-Atif explains how his team of young technicians has helped farmers in rural Sidi Badhaj, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, grow more olives – and earn more money – despite a drying climate.The quality of the oil from the olives has improved because farmers take them for pressing within 24 hours of harvest rather than storing them for a month or two, as in the past.The work performed by Abdel-Atif's team of seven men and three women, replicated in other municipalities of Al-Haouz province, south of the city of Marrakech, means fewer young people are migrating to urban areas in search of work.All these efforts, taking place across some 9,600 farms in the province, are aimed at helping farmers in Morocco's arid regions improve their olive and apple production, and cope better with climate change.At the pristine processing plant of the Aguersouak cooperative, uniting 70 olive growers, a modern pressing machine, funded by IFAD, produces between 140 and 200 liters of oil per day.
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