Innovation: to face food and health insecurity, Bayer proposes to digitize agriculture and health

Food and health security is at the heart of global issues today, since the appearance of the Covid, which has led to a trying and negative period for the economies. Africa, contrary to some predictions, has not collapsed, but is the most vulnerable region of the world, which suffers the most from food shortages. In order to deal with this problem, Bayer decided to contribute to food security by proposing solutions during a conference on Tuesday. On October 26, the international agro-pharmaceutical group, Bayer in partnership with Économie et Entreprise organized a conference with the theme “Resilient Africa: innovation in the service of food and health security”, in order to deepen the reflection on the most relevant and effective innovative solutions to transform agriculture and meet health challenges, so that everyone can eat properly and protect themselves on a daily basis. Moderated by eminent experts in the field of agriculture and health, this conference was structured around two panels in deafness fields whose themes are “Agriculture: how technology transforms the agriculture of tomorrow?” “And” Health: challenges and post-Covid perspectives “. The first panel was introduced by a keynote from Rachid Laghrib, director of project development at the Agricultural Development Agency who took stock of the Kingdom's achievements in agriculture and food. According to Rachid, Morocco is today among the first countries in the MENA region, in terms of food security with regard to basic products (milk 100%; fruits and vegetables 100%; red meats and cereals from 60 to 70% depending on the year) thanks to the various programs set up by the agricultural department. The Moroccan agricultural sector, very dynamic, has undeniable assets and intrinsic potential, which allow it to contribute up to 14% to the GDP. Moroccan agriculture is now aiming for digitalization, to make agriculture a modern, competitive and inclusive sector. Following this keynote, the speakers of the first panel which are Jean-Baptiste Boulay, CEO of Bayer; Mhammed Messaoud, Managing Director of Conserves Meknès; Zakaria Talbi, Innovations & Eveil manager at Crédit du Maroc; Kamal Ouhmad Morocco manager of Driscol and Mohammed Lotfi, director of strategy, development and innovation at Domaines Agricoles discussed the importance of integrating innovation into agriculture, as soon as possible and Morocco, land innovation is the choice par excellence to experiment with this solution. The country being a crossroads between Africa and Europe. The speakers were all unanimous on the fact of achieving as quickly as possible a model of innovation in agriculture, to meet various challenges, because by 2050, we will probably have an addition of 2 billion people on earth. . This number implies a production need of 50% more feed, while we will have 20% less arable land. Climate change will also negatively impact yields and production by 20%. There is a real challenge to be taken up and the question is not only genetic, neither seeds, nor plant protection products, but a digitalization challenge, which will make it possible to be more precise and to better target the response. In terms of health, the challenges were clearly challenged by Professor Rajaa Aghzadi, oncologist surgeon and member of the Special Commission on the development model during the second Keynote relating to “Health: challenges and post-Covid perspectives”. As health is a lever for development, it is essential to digitize health systems so that they are not obsolete, especially in Africa where there is a glaring difference between urban and rural areas. This opinion of Prof. Rajaa was also shared by the speakers of the second panel, who want an acceleration in African health systems, which have budgets around 6%, while the African heads of state themselves were agreed to set it to 15% at a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.