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Talk by Global Heritage Fund on their proposed project to restore the collective granaries in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco

Tue 2nd October 2018 @ 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the Global Heritage Fund (GHF), the BMS is holding a special Talk on Tuesday 2 October about the Sacred Granaries of Morocco.

Venue: Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall SW1, in their beautiful Library
7.00pm: Drinks are served
7.30 to 8.30pm: Talk with Question and Answer

Places are now SOLD OUT.

About the Talk

Historically, local communities in North Africa have organised themselves around the institution of their communal granaries. These structures were built in accordance with local written traditions to promote the common good, and their function often went beyond storing grain to serving as a local gathering place or protecting the local people from rival tribes. This institution was central to the Amazigh civilization from Libya to the Canary Islands. However, it collapsed everywhere except in Morocco and especially the Anti-Atlas region, where the descendants of the Amazigh continue to keep it alive.

GHF sees these granaries as a valuable economic asset that can create a pathway to prosperity for this impoverished border region of Morocco. The proposed project deals with the restoration of collective granaries in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco and is an opportunity to improve local communities through agriculture, heritage, and natural and cultural tourism.

GHF has developed a multi-year programme to work with the local government, communities and collaborating with Moroccan experts like the anthropologist, Salima Naji.  The programme will document, assess, restore and provide crucial training and employment for local communities to engage with these historic places in new and productive ways.

About the Speaker

David Goeury has a Ph.D. in Development Geography from Sorbonne University. He is a research professor at the Spaces Nature and Cultures laboratory at Sorbonne University. He is an associate researcher at the Jacques Berque Centre in Rabat.
Since 2003, he and Salima Naji have led a vast action research programme on the preservation of the collective heritage of Moroccan oases. He provided the iconographic documentation for Salima Naji’s book Greniers collectifs de l’Atlas in 2006 .Today, he works on adapted innovation and appropriate innovation for the development of oasis spaces. He was the scientific coordinator of the Bioclimaroc project “from collective heritage restoration to ecoconstruction” for CCC 22 Green Zone in Marrakech in 2016. He is now the scientific coordinator of the project preservation of Moroccan collective granaries led by Salima Naji.


In addition, David Goeury is also one of leading specialists in Morocco’s electoral geography. He has published several electoral atlases of Morocco with Tafra and work on open datas and open electoral cartography. He ‘s involved in the study of political change in Morocco since 2011, first in the PROCELEC programme ( Electoral processes in North Africa, comparative research in geography and electoral sociology) and then in the TARICA ERC programme ( Political and socioinstitutional change in North Africa: competition of models and diversity of trajectories ) directed by Alia Gana.



For more details, please check these links:

Film taken by drone of the Granaries

Global Heritage Fund – interview with Head of Projects Nada Hosking

Salima Naji’s Preservation of Sacred Moroccan Granary Sites Nominated for Aga Khan Award


Tue 2nd October 2018
7:00 pm


The Travellers Club
106 Pall Mall
London, SW1Y 5EP United Kingdom
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020 7930 8688