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Learning to Voice? The Evolving Roles of Family Farmers in the Coordination of Large-Scale Irrigation Schemes in Morocco

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dc.contributor.author Faysse, Nicolas
dc.contributor.author Errahj, Mostafa
dc.contributor.author Kuper, Marcel
dc.contributor.author Mahdi, Mohamed
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-28T19:31:12Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-28T19:31:12Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6428
dc.description.abstract "In Morocco, large-scale irrigation schemes have evolved over the past twenty years from the centralised management of irrigation and agricultural production into more complex multi-actor systems. This study analysed whether, and how, in the context of state withdrawal, increased farmer autonomy and political liberalisation, family farmers currently participate in the coordination and negotiation of issues that affect them and involve scheme-level organisations. Issues related to water management, the sugar industry and the dairy sector were analysed in five large-scale irrigation schemes. Farmer organisations that were set up to intervene in water management and sugar production were seen to be either inactive or to have weak links with their constituency; hence, the irrigation administration and the sugar industry continue to interact directly with farmers in a centralised way. Given their inability to voice their interests, when farmers have the opportunity, many choose exit strategies, for instance by resorting to the use of groundwater. In contrast, many community-based milk collection cooperatives were seen to function as accountable intermediaries between smallholders and dairy firms. While, as in the past, family farmers are still generally not involved in decision making at scheme level, in the milk collection cooperatives studied, farmers learn to coordinate and negotiate for the development of their communities." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject negotiation en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject farmer-managed irrigation en_US
dc.title Learning to Voice? The Evolving Roles of Family Farmers in the Coordination of Large-Scale Irrigation Schemes in Morocco en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Morocco en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Water Alternatives en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 48-67 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US

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