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Intermediaries in drip irrigation innovation systems: a focus on retailers in the Saïs region in Morocco

Lejars C., Venot J.P.. 2017. In : Venot Jean-Philippe (ed.), Kuper Marcel (ed.), Zwarteveen Margreet (ed.). Drip irrigation for agriculture: untold stories of efficiency, innovation and development. Abingdon : Routledge, p. 284-302. (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management).

This chapter focuses on the Sais area in Morocco, where drip irrigation use has boomed over the last 20 years. It describes how the extension of drip irrigation in the region was made possible by the emergence of a dynamic network of local irrigation equipment retailers who act as innovation intermediaries. It highlights how the place and role of these intermediaries has evolved with time, notably through changing patterns of relationships with other actors (farmers, public agencies, equipment importers) in the drip irrigation innovation system.

Mots-clés : irrigation goutte à goutte; irrigation localisée; matériel d'irrigation; innovation; changement technologique; circuit de commercialisation; utilisation de l'eau; adoption de l'innovation; eau d'irrigation; maroc

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