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10th International Micro Irrigation Conference, 25-27 January 2023, Dakhla, Morocco
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Micro irrigation (drip/ trickle or localized irrigation) was introduced on a commercial scale in the world sometime in the seventies. Micro irrigation is the most efficient method of water application to crops; however, owing to the technicalities involved in the design, operation and maintenance, the pace of its adoption was rather slow. In order to promote the use of micro irrigation on a large-scale, irrigation communities worldwide, especially in developed countries launched the hosting of the International Micro Irrigation Congress commencing from year 1971. Subsequently, ICID volunteered to organize the event commencing from the 5th International Micro Irrigation Congress held in South Africa in 2000 with the objective of creating awareness among its members about the latest developments in micro irrigation technology to enhance crop production. In 2012 the event was renamed as International Micro Irrigation Symposium.

The Triennal International Micro Irrigation Conference (IMIC) aims to bring together all the stakeholders relevant to the field of irrigation, drainage, and other related aspects of water management. IMIC is a multi-sectoral platform creating avenues for discussions and engagement for everyone, the governments of relevant countries, policymakers, the multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations, civil society institutions, the grass-root farmers as well as corporate leaders. Every IMIC attracts veterans, experts, and acclaimed researchers and academicians from various sectors to bring all possible issues and forthcoming solutions to the International Micro Irrigation Conference concerning the sector. In fact, in its 9th edition, IMIC held in Aurangabad, India, in January 2020 witnessed the participation of several hundreds of attendees.

The 10th International Micro Irrigation Conference (10IMIC), jointly hosted by the Moroccan National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ANAFIDE) and ICID with support from the Directorate of Irrigation and AgriculturalLand Planning (DIAEA), will be held during 25-27 January 2023 in the Conference center of the city of Dakhla in Southern Morocco. Besides being true heaven of peace between lagoon and ocean, Dakhla is a growing economical center with increasing areas of irrigated land where high-value added crops are grown in greenhouses. An important irrigation project will soon be implemented in the region of Dakhla. It consists of irrigating an area of 5,000 ha using desalinated sea water powered by wind energy.
 

A. Theme: Micro-irrigation in the Era of Technology Innovation and Digital Transformation

One should not look anymore only to the question of efficiency of irrigation water only at the level of irrigated plot or the farm and integrate only on Irrigation practices but rather extend it upstream in order to integrate agro écological practices and downstream in order to take into considération post harvest losses and food waste while also not forgetting environment preservation. In this approach, one should make good use of new technologies available including IoTs and artificial intelligence. These technologies are valuable for data acquisition and transmission and contribute to sustainable water management.

One of the goals of ICID Vision 2030 is to encourage research and support the development of tools to extend innovation into field practices, particularly in micro irrigation. Collaboration actions by NCs and support from ICID CO and international partners will make conversion of innovations into field practices possible.

Irrigation water saving and valorization through sustainable micro irrigation systems entails holistic improvement of resource mobilization, delivery to the farm gates, water saving techniques, management practices, policies, institutional and financing mechanisms that ultimately result in agricultural, social, environmental and economic benefits. The topic of innovative technology and digital transition support to micro irrigation systems is relevant to the vision and mission of ICID and of interest to its members. Thus, the flagship event of ICID, 10IMIC aims to highlight the importance of innovative technology and digital transition in the design, monitoring and management of micro-irrigation systems and discuss, in detail, different aspects of it, outlined in the sub-themes (ST):
 

Given the above, papers are invited and discussed under the following Sub-themes:
 

Sub-Theme 1: PUBLIC POLICIES AND THE PROMOTION OF MICRO IRRIGATION: LESSONS LEARNED

Sub-Theme 2:INNOVATION IN MICRO-IRRIGATION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Sub-Theme 3: MICRO-IRRIGATION FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMING, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND INITIATIVES

Sub-Theme 4: MICRO IRRIGATION TO PROMOTE THE NEXUS "WATER - ENERGY - FOOD"

Sub-Theme 5: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MICRO-IRRIGATION

Sub-Theme 6: INTERNATIONAL COOPÉRATION FOR THE DEVELOPPEMENT OF MICRO IRRIGATION
 

Sub-Themes:

 

Sub-Theme 1: PUBLIC POLICIES AND THE PROMOTION OF MICRO IRRIGATION: LESSONS LEARNED

-Adopted programs and policies for water-scarce regions,

-Collective reconversion to localized irrigation: feedback from experiences

-PPP contribution: sharing experiences

-Policy instruments to promote sustainable micro-irrigation and their implementation: Cost recovery and incentives …

-Role of beneficiaries in the development and management of micro irrigation projects

-Main lessons to ensure sustainability of micro irrigation projects


Sub-Theme 2:INNOVATION IN MICRO-IRRIGATION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

-New tools and methods to optimize design for various specific conditions,

-Approaches to alleviate the effect of water scarcity and climate change,

-Technology innovation to face present and future challenges and improve -projects performance and sustainability

-Contribution of research development


Sub-Theme 3: MICRO-IRRIGATION FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMING, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND INITIATIVES

-Opportunities and challenges facing small scale farming to adopt micro irrigation

-Levers to promote and enhance access of small farms to micro irrigation technologies

-Low cost technologies adapted to small farms

-Micro irrigation as a tool to promote climate smart agriculture for small farms


Sub-Theme 4: MICRO IRRIGATION TO PROMOTE THE NEXUS "WATER - ENERGY - FOOD"

-Renewable energy in micro irrigation, facts and lessons

-Promotion of green energy for sustainable micro irrigation projects

-Unconventional water resources to develop sustainable drip irrigation projects

-Solutions to cope with environmental risks


Sub-Theme 5: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MICRO-IRRIGATION

-Contribution of Big Data and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions to improve projects efficiency

-Smart tools and solutions to control micro irrigation systems, increase productivity and reduce costs

-Capacity buildings of farmers, operators and decision makers

Research input and technology transfer


Sub-Theme 6: INTERNATIONAL COOPÉRATION FOR THE DEVELOPPEMENT OF MICRO IRRIGATION

-Sharing experiences of international cooperation

-Perspectives for more advanced regional and international cooperation in the field of micro irrigation

-Role of private sector in dissemination of digital solutions and technologies of micro irrigation at international level


C. Schedule for submission of abstracts/ full papers
 

i. Submission of extended abstracts (max. 300 words) - 15 September 2022

ii. Notification of Acceptance - 15 October 2022

iii. Submission of full paper (10 pages of A4 size) - 30 November 2022

iv. Notification to the author regarding oral/poster presentation - 15 December 2022


D. Online paper submission


Online ‘Extended Abstract’ submission is now open. New Users are expected to create their own accounts. The procedure for creating a new account is available at http://10imic.ma/

Please send an ‘Extended Abstract’ of your proposed paper using the corresponding template in http://10imic.ma/


Upon receiving an acceptance letter from the conference organizer, authors with accepted abstracts will be required to provide an electronic version of the full-length papers in Microsoft Word format using the provided template from http://10imic.ma/ in


CONTACT COORDINATES:


10IMIC Scientific Secretariat:

Pr El Houssine BARTALI

Vice President, Moroccan National ICID Committee (ANAFIDE)

2, Rue Haroun Errachid, Agdal Rabat, Morocco

Email:bartali.h@gmail.com, anafide.ma@gmail.com

Tel.: +212 661152805

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