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Open registration: "Integrated impact assessment and designing of Mediterranean agricultural systems in Dry Regions".


International training course: 27-29 of October 2019, at the CREAD-Algiers (Algeria)

You are doctoral or post-doctoral student, you are a young researcher... This International training course aims to prepare you for the analysis and assessment of the sustainability of farming systems thanks to integrated approaches, based on several case studies.

In its applications it will emphasize the role of diversities (intra-field, intra-farm and across-farms) in the efficiency and sustainability/resilience of agricultural systems. It therefore falls within several national and international priorities program of most dryland countries: “Feeding” and “Protecting”.
Participants: 25-30 doctoral or post-doctoral students and young researchers of different nationalities, mostly from northern and southern Mediterranean countries, whose research studies deal with Ag. Sys. assessment and modelling, within a context characterized by harsh and uncertain climatic conditions and limited resource access (water, land, labour, etc.).
This course specifically aims to:
  1. Simulate and discuss the production and performance of different ecosystem services (e.g., food production, land management, water resources...), and their trade-offs, with the help of biophysical modelling, using diversified cropping systems in terms of crops grown, rotations, crop combinations (including different annual and perennial crops and their spatial layout), in relation to resource management (water, nitrogen...). The CropSyst model will be used during the course, with an emphasis on simple models compatible with the data that participants may easily access.
  2. Simulate and discuss the integration and adoption of cropping systems that encourage diversity, using bioeconomic modelling (e.g. See ModelEco platform: https://www.supagro.fr/wordpress/modeleco/) and typologies for up and down-scaling (Hammouda et al., 2018), taking into account the expectations of the different stakeholders of the areas and sectors concerned.
This international training course follows several doctoral programs organized within SemiArid (ERANET ArimNet, 2017-2020) project, SEAMLESS project (FP6, 2005-2010), the global FSD network (Farming System Design), and then more recently as part of the SemiArid project, which have trained more than 100 international doctoral students.
Registration procedure: Send your CV and motivation letter before October 15, 2019
Contact for registration and information: Hatem Belhouchette, belhouchette@iamm.fr and Mourad Latati, m.latati@yahoo.com