In terms of securing food security and fighting hunger globally because of the continuous growth in world’s population and food demand, Morocco is leading as one of the world’s major players.
A new research study entitled “Secure Food and Water Supply Depend on Phosphorus” by Arizona State University presented that Phosphorous is a dwindling nutrient essential for growth. The research presented the element phosphorous found in phosphate as stand-in for food security. Phosphorous has to be said is a sustainable source of affordable fertilizer for a reliable food supply.
According to an analysis, the phosphate producing countries will be rich from the revenues of the fertilizers extracted from phosphate. It is from the fact that phosphate producers are limited and the population to supply food is continuously increasing. For all the farmers, it will be a challenging task to use fertilizers from phosphate to grow enough food for the world population. “It’s going to get really expensive, and then only rich countries will have fertilizer to grow their food. But even then prices will go up and that will make it harder for farms to have economically viable operations”, an analyst said.
Morocco, as the 3rd largest phosphate producer country with a production of almost 19 million tons/year, will be the center of the global strategy for food scarcity and combating hunger as by 2050, the world population will explode up to 9 billion. Phosphate remains one of Morocco’s major resources and economic assets.
The world’s largest exporter of raw phosphate, phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers is in Morocco, The Cherifien Office of Phosphates (Office Cherifian des Phosphates, OCP).
Since 1920, the firm is responsible for the production and sale of Moroccan phosphate resources, extracted from Benguérir, Khouribga, and Youssoufia mines, in central Morocco, totaling 85 billion cubic meters of reserves, and Boucraa in southern Morocco, with about 1 billion cubic meters.