Developing and disseminating sustainable irrigation management practices among smallholder olive farmers
Although global demand for olive products is increasing, many smallholder farmers are unable to take advantage of market opportunities and therefore improve their incomes and livelihoods. Forced to rely on traditional cultivation methods, their yields are often low and highly unstable. This project aims to increase and stabilize olive yields in smallholder orchards in Morocco and Syria through the testing and promotion of optimal irrigation and husbandry practices.
VIDEO: Demonstrating how deficit irrigation is improving water productivity and raising olive yields in Syria and Morocco.
Boosting olive yields and farmer income in Syria
Supplemental irrigation is off-setting increasingly erratic rainfall, boosting olive yields, and reducing pressure on already scarce water resources. The benefits: higher incomes and improved livelihoods for farmers and their families.
Olive production in Morocco
Modern irrigation practices for improved yield performance and water productivity
Olive production in Syria
Deficit irrigation is producing significant increases in olive fruit and oil yields
Switching from flood to drip irrigation
Shifting from flood to drip irrigation boosts the efficiency of irrigation and frees-up water for other uses, whether for irrigating other crops or for domestic or industrial use
Supporting Morocco's olive expansion
ICARDA is working with Morocco to identify and disseminate drip irrigation on olive orchards. This technology reduces pressure on already scarce water resources while raising olive yields