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Integrating "Invisible" farmers in a regional debate on water productivity: The case of informal water and land markets in the Algerian Mitidja plain

Imache Amar, Bouarfa Sami, Kuper Marcel, Hartani Tarik, Dionnet Mathieu. 2009. Integrating "Invisible" farmers in a regional debate on water productivity: The case of informal water and land markets in the Algerian Mitidja plain. Irrigation and Drainage, 58 (3), suppl., S264-S272

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

Abstract : In the irrigated scheme of West Mitidja, access to land and water is ensured through countless local informal arrangements. The assignees of small collective farms have subdivided the land informally, and rent out part of it to lessees, thereby circumventing current legislation. The surface irrigation system provides only a small proportion of irrigation water to farmers, who rely mainly on groundwater for irrigation. The results of our analyses show that the agricultural dynamics of this perimeter are to a large extent ensured by ''invisible'' farmers cultivating land obtained through informal land markets and using groundwater via ''illicit'' tubewells. These farmers are also important vectors for innovation (new irrigated cropping systems, drip irrigation). We organized a series of workshops with farmers (assignees and lessees) and government agencies to explore agricultural development and water management perspectives in the area. Our work showed that it is land and water markets that should be formalized rather than land or water property so that lessees will be considered as actors for water management and agricultural development in the area. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Gestion des eaux, Eau d'irrigation, eau souterraine

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Algérie

Classification Agris : P10 - Water resources and management
F06 - Irrigation
U30 - Research methods
E50 - Rural sociology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Imache Amar, INA El Harrach (DZA)
  • Bouarfa Sami, CEMAGREF (FRA)
  • Kuper Marcel, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MAR) ORCID: 0000-0002-1240-0592
  • Hartani Tarik, INA El Harrach (DZA)
  • Dionnet Mathieu, Lisode (FRA)

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