PAGE 17 ©2017 THE RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICE | FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY Agriculture Agriculture is a major source of income and the largest industry and employer in the Kingdom of Morocco. Morocco was the first nation to recognize the United States independence and U.S. - Moroccan diplomatic ties continue to be excellent. Thus, it was fitting that the US serve as an organizer for the first International American Moroccan Agricultural Sciences Conference – AMAS Conference. The establishment of this conference, was spearheaded by Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem, Chair of FSU’s Biology department. The conference was produced with the hope that it would lead to greater involvement by the U.S., not only in Moroccan agriculture, but also in other sectors of the economy. Over 120 experts in Agricultural Sciences, scientists, faculty, and students from the United States, Germany, France, Algeria, Turkey, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, and India. The Conference has benefitted both U.S. and Moroccan students and scientists, and will certainly have an impact on the economic transformation of the agriculture sector in Morocco, opening a market with tremendous opportunities for U.S. companies and investors in that country. International American Moroccan Agricultural Sciences Conference Providing Fresh Food in a Desert Food deserts are urban areas where it is difficult to get fresh foods. Food deserts are often found in low income areas. Fayetteville State University is located in one of the oldest sections of Fayetteville NC and is surrounded by low income housing. There are no stores that provide fresh food, especially fruits, vegetables and meats in the immediate area and many of the area’s residents do not have personal transportation. To help alleviate this need the School of Business, headed by Dr. Pam Jackson, sponsor a weekly farmers market directly across the street from the university. Local farmers from the surrounding areas bring in local products. This is a win-win situation. Local farmers are supported and fresh food is provided to residents.