Abstract for:Developing an Agricultural Land and Policy Simulator to Promote Climate-Smart Policy

Feeding 1.5 billion people by 2030, and 2 billion by 2050, while mitigating and adapting to climate change, is a daunting challenge that countries in Africa are attempting to address. In this paper we report in a project between Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and Climate Interactive (CI). Our tool, the Agriculture and Land Policy Simulator (ALPS) helps policy-makers and stakeholders make climate-smart decisions in their agriculture strategies.

In this paper we present the Moroccan case of ALPS, incorporating significant improvements over prior work and fitted to the Morocco policy context. The Green Morocco Plan (known by the French acronym PMV) is specifically used for simulation and modeling exercise. The simulator allows the user to test assumptions and scenarios through varying levels on different policy components. ALPS has previously been used to simulate the Ethiopian context, and future development will improve both these cases and will be extended to cover several African countries.