Water-Wise: Smart Irrigation Strategies in MOROCCO



Morocco has shown strong ambitions in increasing its irrigation uptake and has positioned itself for large-scale adoption of water-saving irrigation technologies. The government has also tapped into the country’s high potential for further irrigation expansion. With institutions dedicated to irrigation and strong PPPs, Morocco has proven itself to be a leader in irrigation development on the continent.

It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of Morocco’s arable land is currently equipped for irrigation. Irrigated agriculture comprises half of Morocco’s agricultural gross domestic product (GDP), indicating its higher productivity compared to rain-fed agriculture. The 2018 Biennial Review Report by the African Union revealed that Morocco is on track to meet Malabo Commitment area #3.1, “Access to agriculture inputs and technologies,” given its score of 7.46 out of 10, which vastly exceeds the 2017 minimum score of 5.53. This is largely due to institutional and programmatic commitments by the government to improve irrigation for a more productive agriculture sector. 

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