12/03/2012 - Article
The World Water Forum is being held in Marseilles from 12 to 17 March 2012. CIRAD, which will be there for the whole week on the AllEnvi and AFREID stands in the France area, will also be contributing to the forum through several events. Its plans and resources on the topic of water are listed below.
CIRAD is participating in two debates organized by CARI (Centre d’actions et de réalisations internationales) and its partners in the "Drylands and oases" area.
• Florent Maraux will be participating in a debate on Monday 12 March , on water in drylands : cycle, practices and key issues for development. He is intervening on behalf of the Comité Scientifique Français de la Désertification (CSFD), with a presentation on "Different ways of coping with arid conditions for rainfed agriculture".
In the CARI "Drylands and oases" area, Monday 12 March at 5 pm.
• Jean-Yves Jamin and Amandine Adamczewski will be participating in a debate on Thursday 15 March , on Experience of on-farm irrigation management in the context of pressure on water resources and land in the Niger Office.
The debate will be preceded by a film of which you can see an extract here.
Reference: the book "Office du Niger, grenier à riz du Mali", by P. Bonneval / M. Kuper / J-Ph. Tonneau, CIRAD 2002.
In the CARI "Drylands and oases" area, Thursday 15 March at 5 pm.
Wat-A-Game is a water management games kit designed by CIRAD and IRSTEA. It serves to raise public awareness of the different water management methods , from individualistic management with free access to resources, to more concerted management associating the different resource users in implementing jointly defined rules covering the different economic, social and environmental aspects.
Come and see Wat-A-Game, play the game and learn about water circulation, uses and sharing.
In the Solutions Village on 16 March from 2 to 6 pm and 17 March from 8:30 am to 12:30.
The Réseau des Irrigants Méditerranéens – RIM project, co-headed by CIRAD, ENAM, ENSA, the FARM Foundation and Montpellier SupAgro, runs professional training courses in North Africa in support of water savings projects (for instance drip irrigation), for smallholder groups in the family farming sector.
In the France area (Hall 3).
Contact: Marcel Kuper
The Groundwater Arena project, which began recently, set out to analyse the vulnerability and adaptation capacity of underground water resources in North Africa in the face of environmental, economic and social change. CIRAD is project coordinator.
Contact: Marcel Kuper
EAU4Food, in which CIRAD is a partner , is an EU-funded project on improving and maintaining agricultural productivity in irrigated farming systems in Tunisia, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique and South Africa.
The main objective of EAU4Food is to design, test and disseminate effective water management strategies that will help African farmers increase food production and achieve sustainable irrigation water use and soil fertility and conserve and reduce pollution of fresh water reserves.
PAP-Agir is a programme of pilot operations aimed at helping agricultural development groups in irrigated systems in Tunisia, conducted by CIRAD in conjunction with INGREF, in support of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture. It covers the institutional aspects that serve to improve community management of hydraulic systems.
Contact: Serge Marlet