Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

SuLaMo – Novel Concepts for Sustainable Land management in Morocco



Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany


Funding program:
CLIENT II – international partnerships for sustainable innovations

Cooperation partners:

German partners:

Hochschule Karlsruhe

Universität Kassel

UGT Müncheberg

Ingenieurbüro Irriproject

Ingenieurbüro Roth&Partner

Moroccan partners:

Ecole Nationale d’Ágriculture de Meknes

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

Universite Moulay Ismail

Association Oasis Ferkla pour l’Environment et le Patrimoine in Errachidia

Office Regional de Mise en Valeur Agricole in Ouarzazate

Project duration:

01/02/2022 – 31/01/2025

Thematic focus:

  • Subsurface Drip Irrigation
  • Mulch systems
  • Salt tolerance of annual crops

Background & Goals:

The agricultural sector, as well as the landscape in Morocco are shaped by irrigation agriculture due to the (semi)-arid climate in the region. Even today, it is necessary to use the scarce resource of water as efficiently as possible. As climate change progresses, the severity and frequency of droughts in Morocco is expected to increase. Therefore, the development and deployment of optimized irrigation systems is becoming increasingly pressing

The project SuLaMo pursues an integrated approach to strengthen agriculture under arid and semi-arid conditions as an important contribution to sustainable land management in the agricultural sector using Morocco as an example. To this end, the interdisciplinary research team is working on several approaches. The use of the scarce resource water in crop production is to be optimized by water-saving soil and irrigation techniques such as mulching and subsurface drip irrigation. Additionally, capacitive deionization will be tested as an innovative and energy saving desalination process for irrigation water on a pilot scale. The project is embedded in hydrogeological and socio-economic studies that assess the framework conditions in the three research regions.

Studies within the SuLaMo project will take place at four representative sites in Morocco. A two-factor field trial will be implemented In the Meknès region in the semi-arid north of the country. In the regions of Errachidia and Ouazaztae in the arid south, demonstration trials will be conducted at three field sites of local farmers.

Further information:

SuLaMo Homepage