A crop needs more than a drop: Towards a new praxis in irrigation management in North Africa

Kuper Marcel, Bouarfa Sami, Errahj Mostafa, Faysse Nicolas, Hammani Ali, Marlet Serge, Zaïri Abdel Aziz, Bahri Akissa, Debbarh Abdelhafid, Garin Patrice, Jamin Jean-Yves, Vincent Bernard. 2009. A crop needs more than a drop: Towards a new praxis in irrigation management in North Africa. Irrigation and Drainage, 58 (3), suppl., S231-S239

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : AGRONOMY / Quartile : Q3, Sujet : WATER RESOURCES

Abstract : We designed and implemented an action-research programme in large-scale irrigation schemes in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, aiming to develop a regional network of competences by conducting research, training and development activities, and involving local actors. We worked on three issues: (i) the sustainability of North Africa's growing groundwater economy, (ii) the integration of environmental constraints in the management of irrigated agriculture, and(iii) the analysis of new coordination modes of agricultural production and rural development in traditionally centrally managed irrigation schemes. Based on 11 empirical studies, we contributed to operationalizing a new praxis in irrigation management; this learning-oriented and network-based approach enables mobilization of the knowledge of a wide range of actors, as well as linking local knowledge systems to more universal ones. This approach is necessary to support family-based agriculture to continue to face recurrent droughts, feed the urban and rural populations, develop rural territories and integrate the rural youth. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Gestion des eaux, Culture irriguée, eau souterraine

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie

Classification Agris : F06 - Irrigation
P10 - Water resources and management

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
  • Bouarfa Sami, CEMAGREF (FRA)
  • Errahj Mostafa, ENAM (MAR)
  • Faysse Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MAR)
  • Hammani Ali, IAV Hassan II (MAR)
  • Marlet Serge, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (TUN) ORCID: 0000-0001-7477-922X
  • Zaïri Abdel Aziz, INRGREF (TUN)
  • Bahri Akissa, IWMI (GHA)
  • Debbarh Abdelhafid, IAV Hassan II (MAR)
  • Garin Patrice, CEMAGREF (FRA)
  • Jamin Jean-Yves, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-8540-7317
  • Vincent Bernard, CEMAGREF (FRA)

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