Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting in Urban and Periurban Agriculture in Ariana-Soukra (Tunisia)

Until the end of the 1960s, the plain of Ariana-Soukra was a greenbelt adjacent to Tunis. From the beginning of the 1970s treated wastewater was used in agricultural production, but it is also considered a factor in the reduction of crop diversity. Currently, about 60% of the agricultural land lies fallow due to strict regulation of wastewater use for irrigation, vulnerability to floods and salinity of underground water. About 40% of the land is covered by informal settlements.

This grant will explore the feasibility of harvesting rainwater and treating greywater for use in urban and periurban agriculture with a view to improving the socioeconomic conditions of the poor in these marginalized areas. Researchers will also seek ways of reducing flooding and rehabilitating flooded agricultural land.

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Start Date

Thursday, November 15, 2007

End Date

Thursday, September 27, 2012


48 months

IDRC Officer

Redwood, Mark

Total funding

CA$ 1,204,521


Tunisia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Bouraoui Moez


Fédération tunisienne des clubs UNESCO-ALECSO

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