Smile project : economic and institutional viability of small irrigated perimeters in South Africa

Perret Sylvain. 2005. Smile project : economic and institutional viability of small irrigated perimeters in South Africa. In : Water resources and management. Matheron Gérard (ed.), Soulié Michel (ed.). Agropolis. Montpellier : Agropolis, p. 29. (Les dossiers d'Agropolis International, 3)

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Abstract : The small irrigated perimeters in South Africa currently face major problems: lack of local organisation, institutional weaknesses, limited access to most of the markets, etc. Despite numerous unsolved challenges, the central and provincial auhtorities have initiated a water management transfer and rehabilitation process. Within this context, the SMILE (Sustainable Management of Irrigated Land and Environment) project, conducted by the Gestion de l'eau (Cirad) UPR, supports this rehabilitation process through research-action at the local level. This project is being carried out in close partnership with the local decision-makers. Its objective is to support decision making and planning, to help groups of users in their role as managers, and to set up a common platform for discussion, training, awareness raising, and capacity building. The approach calls for data collection and analysis at the level of the perimeters, the definition of typology regarding the cultural and agricultural systems, and the use of a software to store data and test different scenarios. For this, a simulation platform (SMILE software) has been developed that enables future work to be carried out analysing of the current situation and subsequent scenario testing that simulates technical, economic, institutional, legal or socio-economic changes, as discussed with stakeholders. (Texte intégral)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Périmètre irrigué, Projet de développement, Association d'agriculteurs, Gestion, Simulation, Logiciel, Aide à la décision

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique du Sud

Classification Agris : E20 - Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms

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