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MASSIRE - Strengthening the agricultural and rural innovation systems in oases and arid regions of the Maghreb

Oases and arid regions of the Maghreb are facing major social changes, e.g., the increase in mobilities. These changes concern also the agricultural sector, as capital-intensive forms of agriculture develop alongside more traditional ones. These changes are source of development opportunities, but also of risks in terms of the sustainability of such development, for instance the non-sustainable use of soils and water, the decrease of biodiversity, and increased social inequalities.

Innovations have been experimented in several places in these oases and arid regions, or in similar contexts. These innovations can, under certain conditions, contribute to more sustainable development pathways, in particular thanks to reinforcing the resilience of local populations to global changes. These innovations are related among others to:

  • water use and management (e.g., groundwater recharge, reuse of treated waste water, drip irrigation)
  • farming practices (e.g., agro-ecology or organic practices), value chains (e.g., certification)
  • new mode of organisation of territories (e.g., observatories of territorial dynamics, farmer organisations)

The MASSIRE project (2019-2023) aims to strengthen the capacities of actors in oases and arid regions of the Maghreb to develop and implement innovations enabling a sustainable development of these regions. It will:

  • Identify, characterise and test technical and institutional innovations and innovative practices related to water governance, farming systems and rural development ;
  • Strengthen actors’ capacities and exchange networks on these innovations.

The Massire project is implemented thanks to funding from IFAD and contributions from partners of the project.

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Irrigation pivot developed by craftsmen in southern Algeria - © Marcel Kuper, Cirad

Additional Info

  • Contact(s):

    Project manager: Nicolas FAYSSE
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  • Briefly:

    Team of joint Research unit concerned: INCA
    Theme / Domain: Gouvernance de l’eau, Innovation agricole et rurale
    Financial sponsor of study: FIDA : Fond International pour le Développement Agricole
    Partner Organizations: INAT, INRGREF, CREAD, CU, l’ENA, IAV HASSAN II, CLERSE et IRSTEA
    Project type: International
    Country, Region of study: Algérie, Tunisie, Maroc
    Starting date of the project: 29/04/19
    End date of the project: 30/06/23

  • Productions:

    Productions related to the project: coming soon
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  • Team(s) of Joint Research Unit concerned:

    INCA

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