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Supporting the shift from state water to community water: Lessons from a social learning approach to designing joint irrigation projects in Morocco

Kuper Marcel, Dionnet Mathieu, Hammani Ali, Bekkar Younès, Garin Patrice, Bluemling Bettina. 2009. Supporting the shift from state water to community water: Lessons from a social learning approach to designing joint irrigation projects in Morocco. Ecology and Society, 14 (1):19, [16 p.]

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ECOLOGY

Abstract : This paper focuses on the evaluation of a participatory approach aimed at supporting groups of small-scale farmers in the design of joint drip irrigation projects. Our idea was to create a sustainable social learning environment in which they could acquire adaptive knowledge about new irrigation technology and about designing and managing a joint irrigation project while at the same time improving their negotiation capacities. We developed a framework to evaluate the process as well as the outputs and outcomes of the use of our approach with four groups of smallholder farmers in the Tadla irrigation scheme in Morocco. Our findings showed that the learning environment made it possible to compensate for the knowledge differential among stakeholders and to co-produce knowledge that can be mobilized by small-scale farmers to help them make better informed decisions when choosing whether or not to engage in a joint irrigation project and when developing and implementing such a project. We expect that this will ultimately contribute to supporting the shift from state water to community water through a shared understanding of the technical, economic, and social issues and options related to the management of irrigation water. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Irrigation goutte à goutte, Apprentissage, Gestion des eaux, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Maroc

Classification Agris : F06 - Irrigation
P10 - Water resources and management
E50 - Rural sociology

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

Auteurs et affiliations

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

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