Combining role-playing games and policy simulation exercices: An experience with Maroccan smallholder farmers

Dionnet Mathieu, Kuper Marcel, Hammani Ali, Garin Patrice. 2008. Combining role-playing games and policy simulation exercices: An experience with Maroccan smallholder farmers. Simulation and Gaming, 39 (4) : pp. 498-514.

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Abstract : Moroccan agriculture is currently undergoing major political, socioeconomic, and environmental transitions. Smallholder farmers involved in large-scale irrigation schemes need to modernize their systems to face these challenges. In this study, a participatory process incorporating different simulation and gaming tools was designed and applied to accompany farmer groups in designing joint irrigation projects, generally drip irrigation systems. A role-playing game was used in the first phase of the process to raise awareness among farmers about the scope and contents of a joint irrigation project and list the different knowledge gaps. During the second phase, a policy simulation exercise based on the actual field situation enabled farmer groups to design their own joint drip irrigation project. As a result, several farmer groups produced a feasibility study for their joint drip irrigation system. Our experience highlighted the complementarity of these tools in a process of change. The abstract role-playing game provided valid learning experience while the realistic simulation supported concrete decision making. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Irrigation goutte à goutte, Méthode d'irrigation, Modèle de simulation, Petite exploitation agricole, Participation, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Maroc

Mots-clés complémentaires : Jeu de role

Classification Agris : U30 - Research methods
F06 - Irrigation
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2005-2013) - Intensification écologique

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Dionnet Mathieu, CEMAGREF (FRA)
  • Kuper Marcel, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MAR) ORCID: 0000-0002-1240-0592
  • Hammani Ali, IAV Hassan II (MAR)
  • Garin Patrice, CEMAGREF (FRA)

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