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Morocco, May 2016

CIPA May 2016
Context
The Crossroads of Agroecological Initiatives and Practices (CIPA) is a center for experimentation, demonstration and training in agrosylvopastoralism managed by Terre et Humanisme Maroc.
Located in the Marrakech region, in which many initiatives in agroecology flourish, the CIPA was officially inaugurated in June 2015. It is about 30 km north of Marrakech.
Having several contacts with promoters about agroecology and its transmission in this region, Hélène Hollard was responsible for linking them with CIPA, since they did not necessarily know each other, to carry out an evaluation of the activities of Center and make proposals for improvement.

Actions undertaken by CIPA
Today, they work on the site, in addition to its manager, Boujemâa Gaughlan, 2 gardeners, one of whom also takes care of the babysitting, a cleaning lady and a cook when there are trainees.
* Pilot Farm
A crop part was set up, with demonstration of water-saving boards linked to fruit growing, and all the agro-ecological practices needed for this type of crop.
The agroforestry, with defending thanks to plantations of prickly pears.
A small flock of sheep is planned, to show other herd management practices, which are very present and the management of the spaces is not always easy, even if humanely everything goes well.
In addition, a negotiation work is under way with the breeders to participate in this program.
Apart from formalized experiments, the cultural practices put in place are experimental and demonstrative locally, the villagers starting to apply them at home.
On the pedagogical level, everything that has been put in place is used for training.
* Home Pole
The reception is linked to the training activities, which can extend to the reception of visits, meetings ...
* Networking
The CIPA is in contact with various local actors and only wants to strengthen its networks, whether locally or internationally.
The person in charge of the CIPA met with the promoters of different projects, synergies can develop and bring to each.
* Training center
The cultural practices put in place made it possible to train the two people in charge of the garden of the CIPA and to have a support for the training received at the CIPA.
Peasant training takes place rather in their villages, but different ideas have emerged so that they can also benefit from training at CIPA, for example a twinning between trainees, which would create an urban-rural link, much in demand by urban trainees who Have little or no contact with the land and the agricultural world.

Outlook
The agro-ecological approach crosses the economic, social and environmental dimension. This cross-cutting approach is essential and advancing in these three dimensions is one of the requirements for the development of CIPA if it is to succeed and be credible as a center practicing agroecology.
Everyone who passes through the CIPA, for whatever reason, feels that this place is animated, in the true sense of the word, feel good about it and wish to return to it, they speak positively about it, this aspect is Essential to the development of the site.
In the short or medium term, economic equilibrium can be attained by the development of the existent and the creation of new formations, by the accentuation of the agricultural activity so that the CIPA can be autonomous in the food of the trainees and sell Surpluses, and by strengthening networking.
Improving the visibility of CIPA is essential locally, at the national level and also on the web, whether on the T & H Maroc website or on social networks. All this calls for a strengthening of organization, functioning and communication.

Link to CIPA: http://thm.ma/portfolio/carrefour-of-initiatives-and-practices-agroecological/

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