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Agadir 10-15 mars 2013

Sustainable water use for securing food production in the Mediterranean region under changing climate

SWUP-MED Project Final Conference

Lieu et date : Agadir 10-15 mars 2013


Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire (IAV) Hassan II, Agadir


Food crop production is restricted in the Mediterranean region. Typical food and feed crops cultivation (cereals, legumes, pastures) under semi-arid and arid conditions in Mediterranean countries are affected by increasing multiple abiotic stress factors brought about by climate change. There is a need to improve food production by introducing climate-proof varieties in crop rotations of wheat, grain legumes and new crops (potentially high value food cash crops). Moreover, in a rainfed system with supplemental irrigation or in irrigated areas, there is a need to improve water productivity without effecting quality, using marginal-quality water (e.g. saline, brackish groundwater, treated waste water) and harvested rainwater. These measures are expected to accelerate the adoption of improved agricultural practices and support small farmers’ livelihood and income levels.


The SWUP-MED conference is an opportunity for the Mediterranean scientists to exchange knowledge and experience of their research work related to climate change and its impact on the sustainable development of the Mediterranean region.

The aim of this conference is to analyze and give recommendations on how to improve food and feed production by introducing climate-proof crops and pastures in crop rotations, in rainfed and irrigated agriculture systems, applying deficit irrigation, using marginal-quality water and harvested rainwater.


• Improved crops and cropping systems in the Mediterranean region under the impact of climate change

• Sustainable agronomical practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change for stabilizing and improving yield and quality of selected crops and species.

• Use of marginal-quality water (e.g. saline water, treated wastewater, etc.) and the environmental impact assessments due to the use of such water.

• Socio-economic factors affecting farmers´ acceptance to adopt new farming systems and new crops ;

• Modeling the integrated water, land, fertilizers and crop management for saving fresh water, producing optimum yield and safeguarding the environment ;

• Policy regulations for implementing guidelines dealing with climate change adaptation in Mediterranean agriculture.

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