Byte by Byte: Morocco Case Study

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The Malabo Montpellier Panel’s report —Byte by Byte: Policy Innovation for Transforming Africa’s Food System with Digital Technologies—Summarizes the key findings of a systematic analysis of what seven African countries at the forefront of progress on digitalization of the agriculture sector have done right. It analyzes which institutional and policy innovations were implemented and what actions were taken by the private sector and agtech start-ups to increase the development and use of digital tools and services in the agriculture value chain.

The Government of Morocco has been ambitious in carefully designing policies and regulations that can promote greater ICT penetration and the provision of ICT services to different sectors of the economy, including
the agriculture sector. The country’s EBA ICT score of 6 out of 9 indicates a strong enabling digital environment with regards to laws, regulations, and policies, while its score of 58 in the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI)
highlights its strength to adopt and use mobile internet. This achievement is largely due to the government’s commitment at institutional and programmatic levels to creating an enabling environment for digitalizing its
economy, including the agriculture sector.

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