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Water Use Efficiency and Valuation in Agriculture in the Souss-Massa

  • Fouad ElameEmail author
  • Hayat Lionboui
  • Choukr-Allah Redouane
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Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 53)

Abstract

The Souss-Massa region is experiencing an alarming water shortage, resulting from recurrent drought and overexploitation of water resources, particularly groundwater resources. This situation compromises the production potential and threatens the sustainability of agricultural activities, in particular, irrigated areas.

In this context, irrigation water valuation by crops requires utmost importance in the management of water resources in the region. Improving water efficiency takes multiple dimensions related to the choice of crops that value the water resource better, rationalization of water use, improving the productivity and the economic efficiency of farms, while protecting the environment and limiting the overexploitation of water resources. This chapter presents the results of some water valuation analysis, namely financial valuation (accounting method) and the water use efficiency calculation. The latter is based on the results of the DEA approach (data envelopment analysis).

Keywords

Agriculture Economic efficiency Souss-Massa Valuation Water resources 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fouad Elame
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hayat Lionboui
    • 1
  • Choukr-Allah Redouane
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut National de la Recherche AgronomiqueTadlaMorocco
  2. 2.Agronomy and Veterinary Institute Hassan IITadlaMorocco

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