Morocco Compact

Projected Long Term Results
Project Estimated Beneficiaries Estimated Benefits
Access to Funds for Microfinance Activity
Pilot Phase: Enterprise Support ANPME/OFPPT/INDH Training Activity
Fez Medina Activity
Artisan Promotion Activity
Artisan Production Activity
Literacy and Vocational Education Activity
Support to Mobile Fish Vendors Activity
Development of Wholesale Fish Markets Activity
Development of Fish Landing Sites and Port Facilities Activity
Catalyst Fund Activity
Fruit Tree Sector Services Activity
Date Tree Irrigation and Rehabilitation in PMH- irrigated Areas Activity
Olive Tree Irrigation and Rehabilitation Activity
Rain-fed Olive and Almond Tree Rehabilitation and Expansion Activity
Enterprise Support Project 13,520 $-7,090,000
Fruit Tree Productivity Project 574,111 $449,095,000
Financial Services Project 825,240 $6,421,000
Artisan and Fez Medina Project 152,818 $75,600,000
Small Scale Fisheries Project 128,960 $84,781,000

The above estimates are based in the best, currently available, information and may be updated if new, reliable, data are available.

The total beneficiary count for the Compact may not be the sum of the different project beneficiary counts because of overlaps between Projects. In other words, some beneficiaries benefit from more than one project but are counted only once in the total beneficiary count.

Total benefits expected from each project are obtained from the ERR analysis MCC conducts during due diligence. Beneficiary counts, although consistent with benefit streams identified in the economic analysis, are not necessarily derived from these models (which are concerned with costs and benefits rather than beneficiaries). MCC estimates and reports expected beneficiaries when sufficiently reliable data exists to support the estimation. If such evidence is lacking, no estimation is attempted, resulting in an underestimation of projected beneficiaries for the Compact. Calculating the amount of benefit per beneficiary would therefore give an overestimation and can be misleading.

Project Objectives
Project Objective
Access to Funds for Microfinance Activity
Pilot Phase: Enterprise Support ANPME/OFPPT/INDH Training Activity
Fez Medina Activity

Promote economic growth through the rehabilitation of the historic marketplace in the Fez Medina.

Artisan Promotion Activity

Promote economic growth through marketing campaigns highlighting the artisans within the Fez and Marrakech Medinas

Artisan Production Activity
Literacy and Vocational Education Activity

Promote economic growth and poverty reduction by providing artisans and their families with training on basic reading and writing, vocational and professional skills.

Support to Mobile Fish Vendors Activity

Improve the productivity and income of mobile fish vendors by providing them equipment and training to maintain fish quality and value.

Development of Wholesale Fish Markets Activity

Construct wholesale fish markets in major interior cities, and provide training to government and private staff on management, sanitation, and hygiene.

Development of Fish Landing Sites and Port Facilities Activity

Construct fish landing sites (PDAs) along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts to assist smaller-scale fishing fleets with moving their products to market.

Catalyst Fund Activity

Promote investment in activities that will help the farmers in the Fruit Tree Productivity Project promote their products and move them to market.

Fruit Tree Sector Services Activity

Train producers, their organizations, water users’ association, and processing firms on management practices. 

Date Tree Irrigation and Rehabilitation in PMH- irrigated Areas Activity

Upgrade the irrigation system perimeters feeding date trees in the PMH area, improve cultivation practices, and assist farmers in the management, marketing, and movement to market of their dates.

Olive Tree Irrigation and Rehabilitation Activity

Improve the efficiency of water use and crop practices to increase yields in small and mid-sized PMH perimeters. 

Rain-fed Olive and Almond Tree Rehabilitation and Expansion Activity

Rehabilitate and expand the area of rain-fed trees in the project zone.

Enterprise Support Project

Improve the outcomes of the Moukawalati and INDH programs by increasing the viability of young enterprises created through these programs:

  • Training and post creation technical assistance to young entrepreneurs in the Moukawalati and the INDH programs
Fruit Tree Productivity Project

Stimulate growth in the agricultural sector and reduce the volatility of agricultural production by helping farmers transition from grains towards fruit tree cultivation through:

  • Expansion of area planted in olives, almonds, and figs;
  • Rehabilitation of existing olive, almond, fig, and date orchards;
  • Rehabilitation of irrigation systems feeding olives (PMH) and dates (oases);
  • Strengthening the value chains by which olives and dates come to market; and
  • Training of beneficiaries in functional literacy, or basic reading, writing, and professional skills.
Financial Services Project

Improve services to micro-enterprises, or small individual businesses, and remove most severe constraints to the development of the microfinance sector based on the following market principles:

  • Ensure funding of the micro-credit sector through the Jaida Fund;
  • Develop new financial products; and
  • Improve efficiency and transparency of the microfinance sector.
Artisan and Fez Medina Project

Increase revenue from cultural and artisan activities, and improve educational and professional qualifications of compact beneficiaries through:

  • Artisan training
  • Creation of a quality label for Moroccan handicrafts
  • Creation of new tourist circuits or routes and renovation of existing circuits
  • Rehabilitation of historic sites in the Fez Medina
  • Promotion of artisan goods
  • Training of beneficiaries in functional literacy and professional training
Small Scale Fisheries Project

Improve the quality of domestic fish moving to market, assure the sustainable use of fishing resources, and modernize the conditions for landing, storing, and marketing fish locally and internationally through: 

  • Construction of fish landing sites and port facilities;
  • Construction of wholesale markets;
  • Equipping mobile fish vendors and motorcycles and insulated boxes;
  • Training boat owners;
  • Developing 4 to 8 fishing value-chain projects for women; and
  • Training of beneficiaries in functional literacy.

The Morocco Compact aimed to achieve the results below by the end of the compact in August 2013:

  • Increase average income of farmers engaged in extension of olive, almond and fig production from about $1,068 to $1,235 in rain-fed extension zones and from $1,811 to $2,453 in irrigated areas, and revenue of farmers producing dates in the oasis zones from $2,226 to $3,118;

  • Increase net annual revenue of boats accessing the new landing sites from about $19,140 to $31,370, and annual boat revenue for those entering revamped ports from $26,860 to $28,780, and annual income of mobile fishermen from $3,586 to $4,880;

  • Increase the average income of artisan potters from $849 to $1499 per month.  Raise average wages and profits of small and medium pottery workshops to $2,843 per month Increase the number of tourist visiting Fez from 341,076 to 391,998.  Increase the survival rate of new businesses from 76% to 81%.

Results to Date

Information on results to date is available in the Table of Key Performance Indicators (a subset of the full set monitored under the Morocco Monitoring and Evaluation Plan). The full set of performance indicators is detailed in the final Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. The Post-Compact Monitoring and Evaluation Plan includes a smaller subset of indicators that MCC requires partner countries to report as the Compact closes. Below is a selection of key project-level results:

  • Enterprise Support: There was a 30% decrease in the rate of business closure among supported businesses. Average declared profits were 78% greater for participating income generating activities than for a comparable control group.
  • Small Scale Fisheries Project: Average price of fish at landing sites’ auction halls and quantity of fish sold by mobile fish vendors (per day) increased by 107% and 203%, respectively.
  • Financial Services Project: 39.6% of customers who obtained credit (March and April 2013) have increased their net annual income by at least 50% compared to net income before obtaining credit.
  • Rain-Fed Olive Tree Rehabilitation Activity (part of the Fruit Tree Productivity Project): An increased adoption of several best practice techniques was observed (e.g. use of manure increased by 23%; pruning increased by 39%; harvesting with mechanical vibrators increased by 192%, and digging of impluviums (for water management in rain-fed areas) increased by 166%. After one to two growing seasons, no impacts on farmers’ revenue were detected.
  • Plantation Expansion in Rain-Fed Areas Activity (part of the Fruit Tree Productivity Project): While planted trees will not reach maturity for a number of years, updated economic analysis estimated a 12.2% economic rate of return (ERR), suggesting that the Plantation Expansion Activity was likely to be positive both in terms of increased income and food security and reduced poverty.
  • Artisan Promotion and Production Activities:  Artisan promotion activities were completed successfully in large part, though the evaluation was not able to evaluate most outcomes, as completion of many activities was only completed in the closing months of the Compact.  Credit constraints and a perceived lack of affordability of gas kilns meant that few artisans adopted the subsidized, modern gas kilns promoted by the project. 
  • Fez Medina Activity: As of the Compact end date, 25 individual workshops and one large common workshop had been completed at Ain Nokbi where the copperware artisans, initially operating in Place Lalla Ydouna, were resettled. According to a survey, 60% of the affected parties by the project declared that the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) had a positive impact on their social and economic situation. Other project sites had not been completed as of the Compact end date.  They are being completed with funding from the Government of Morocco.
  • Functional Literacy Activity: It was too early to assess the impact on incomes and standards of living, but 66.8% of beneficiaries anticipated that their incomes would improve as a result of literacy trainings.

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