Zacharie Mechali

Agro-economist at AFD

1 published article

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Zacharie Mechali is an engineer (project manager) in Agence Française de Développement’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity Division. He was previously a project manager for Agriculture at AFD’s agency in Lao PDR, then a project officer for Agriculture, Water & Sanitation and Environment at the agency in Tunisia.

Prior to joining AFD, Zacharie Mechali worked for NGOs from 2004 to 2006 (Centro de Estudios Rurales y Agricultura International, CERAI and ENDA Maghreb), where he was in charge of agricultural development programs in the Moroccan Rif. Before that, he started his professional career as an agricultural worker on a farm in the South of France.

Zacharie Mechali is an agro-economist and graduated from AgroParisTech (Class of 1999).

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In the Mediterranean, no Climate-Smart Agriculture without Climate-Smart Policies

The latest IPCC report indicates that in the Mediterranean, global warming already has and will have the impacts of reducing agricultural outputs, increasing extreme risks (droughts, heatwaves…) and significantly intensifying evapotranspiration: this means, for example, that there is a greater need for water for plants, including in irrigated systems, whereas the groundwater levels and river flows are declining in an erratic manner. In order to meet the challenges of mitigation and, especially, climate change adaptation, Mediterranean agriculture needs to undergo a transformation. Actors in the field are already in the process of addressing this challenge. However, it cannot be fully addressed without an adjustment of public agricultural policies.


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