Innovation for better water resource management in southern North Africa - MASSIRE
Some inland parts of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are undergoing rapid agricultural expansion, the pace of which is increasing pressure on water resources. These resources are being depleted, which could create inequalities and threaten the sustainability of farming activities in these areas. The challenge for the project is to place small family farmers at the heart of sustainable agricultural and rural innovation systems, where they will be able to work continuously with innovators.
The goal of this project is to work in cooperation with local actors - especially young men and women from rural areas engaged in small-scale family farming - to identify and test technical innovations (subsurface drip irrigation, new solar pumping technologies, wastewater reuse) and organizational innovations (water governance, innovation systems). The aim is also to explore the irrigation and agricultural practices, often inspired by agroecology, that have the greatest potential for increasing the resilience of these territories. The project will thus strengthen the capacities of these water management stakeholders, through training and networking. It will develop a knowledge network at the North African level linking young rural men and women from marginal areas to other stakeholders, including irrigators’ associations, farmers’ cooperatives, NGOs, authorities, researchers, and also local start-ups.
- A knowledge base listing relevant innovations in the zones covered by the project.
- Young professionals capable of supporting local innovation via agricultural and rural innovation networks.
- Knowledge, and knowledge production methods, available to other R&D projects.
INAT and INRGREF in Tunisia; CREAD and CU Tipaza in Algeria; ENA Meknes and IAV Hassan II in Morocco; and CLERSE/Lille and INRAE in France.