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SuLaMo - Novel Conepts for Sustainable Landmanagement in Morocco

Goal: The SuLaMo project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF), pursues an integrated approach to strengthen agriculture under arid and semi-arid conditions as an important contribution to sustainable land management in the agricultural sector using Morocco as an example. SuLaMo addresses in particular the improvement of crop productivity through novel, water-saving soil and irrigation techniques such as mulching and sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI) as well as an autonomous energy supply and capacitive deionisation (CDI) as an innovative desalination process.

Date: 1 February 2022 - 31 January 2025

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October 2022 was a busy month in the SuLaMo project. The SuLaMo-team gathered in various constellations in the three project regions in Morocco and many project-relevant stakeholders were visited. The objectives were to finalize the field trial plans and to start the collection of socio-economic data in the field. Furthermore, the team was able to gain first insights into the site-specific soil water flow around a subsurface water source during Pretrials at two project sites.
In the region Meknès, the research team of Ecole Nationale d‘Agriculture Meknès (ENAM) met up with representatives of the Universities of Kassel, Humboldt University Berlin (HUB), the UMI Errachidia and the SuLaMo Coordinator from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA). A vivid and constructive discussion on the field trial design was followed by a viewing of the new experimental field. Plans are now well advanced and the three-factorial field trial will be implemented as soon as the equipment, currently being prepared by the project partners irriproject and UGT in Germany, arrives in Morocco. Experts from ENAM contributed also to the socio-economic ex-ante assessment of the project goals.
At the research site Goulmima, a simulation was conducted of the Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) System, which will be implemented in the field trial. Varying flow rates and irrigation amounts have been tested. The results provide an important first impression of the site-specific evolvement of the wetting bulb around a subsurface point water source. This pretrial setup was repeated at the experimental site Idelsan near Ouarzazate.
Additionally, the region Errachidia was the focus of ex-ante interviews addressing the implementation of the new technologies studied in SuLaMo. Interesting and insightful conversations arose between the socio-economic expert from the University Kassel and stakeholders of the agricultural sector in administration, academia and practice. These were largely facilitated and coordinated by the local partner UMI Errachidia. Details on the Goulmima On-Farm field trial and the import of equipment have been discussed with the project partners from AOFEP, UMI, HKA, HUB and University Kassel.
 
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After a successful kick-off meeting of the German project partners at the end of February, the SuLaMo project gained momentum at the kick-off week in Morocco in mid-May. The week was full of fruitful discussions and visits to our future field trial sites in representative arid and semi-arid regions of Morocco.
Important decisions were made for the two-factorial field trial in the Meknès region at the research farm of the Ecole Nationale d’Agricuture Meknès(ENAM). Also, the experimental site for the installation of the desalination plant (MCDI) was selected in the Errachidia region. In the arid region of Ouarzazate, two additional demonstration trials will be conducted. One on a field of an agricultural organization and one at a farm of a local agriculturist.
 
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The SuLaMo project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF), pursues an integrated approach to strengthen agriculture under arid and semi-arid conditions as an important contribution to sustainable land management in the agricultural sector using Morocco as an example. SuLaMo addresses in particular the improvement of crop productivity through novel, water-saving soil and irrigation techniques such as mulching and sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI) as well as an autonomous energy supply and capacitive deionisation (CDI) as an innovative desalination process.