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Olive Irrigation Project

Olive Irrigation Project

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.

Features

Growing more olives with less water

VIDEO: Demonstrating how deficit irrigation is improving water productivity and raising olive yields in Syria and Morocco. More

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. More

Olive production in Morocco

Modern irrigation practices for improved yield performance and water productivity More

Olive production in Syria

Deficit irrigation is producing significant increases in olive fruit and oil yields More

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 More

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 More

Olives are a major cash crop in Morocco and Syria, but...

Morocco and Syria are highly dependent on the...

The project’s main objective is to improve and stabilize...

Demonstration field sites will be established at four...

National and international partners will work with...

Interviews about improving olive production, the impact...

This page provides links to reports and other...

The technologies researched and validated by the olive...