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Sustainable Crop Management Model in Syrian Strategic Crops the Experience of the Cooperation Project Rationalization of Ras El Ain Irrigation Systems

This paper reports the main results of an integrated initiative of international technical cooperation in agriculture financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and jointly implemented by the CIHEAM MAI Bari and the Syrian Ministries of Irrigation and of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform. The project entitled: “Rationalization of Ras El Ain Irrigation Systems” started in January 2005 and ended in March 2008. The project was aimed at addressing the problem of water resources scarcity in the project area of Ras El Ain, around the springs of Al Khabour, located in the Hassakeh province (North Mesopotamia) of the Syrian Arab Republic. During the project implementation, a real field experience was carried out involving national and international researchers, local officers and technicians, and local farmers as direct beneficiaries. An appropriate sustainable model concerning the crop management practice was elaborated to save both water resources and production inputs for cotton and wheat. In this paper the main results of this innovative cooperation approach in a multiethnic context are presented.
Daniele Galli, Chiara Morini, Biagio Di Terlizzi
Centre Internationale des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes
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