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Dr. Hakim Boulal

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IPNI North Africa
Agence Samir, BP 1303
Settat, 26000
Dr. Boulal is a native of Youssoufia city, one of the important phosphate production sites in Morocco. He received his B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences in 1988 from the National School of Agriculture in Meknes, Morocco. Dr. Boulal completed a Ph.D. program on Biology and Agronomy in 1996, from the National School of Agronomy of Rennes (France). In 2010, Dr. Boulal completed his second Ph.D. program from the University of Cordoba (Spain) on conservation agriculture including soil and water conservation, crops and irrigation aspects.

Dr. Boulal has an extensive work background within the North African region that began within Morocco’s National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) where he became involved in research/development and agronomy research programs. As a research scientist with INRA, Dr. Boulal worked in various national and international projects. He made significant contributions in improving cereal crop management, to developing suitable methods of conservation agriculture, implementing decision support systems for cereal production, agro-meteorology, and leading a program on the evaluation of raised-bed planting systems for irrigated wheat in Morocco.

More recently, Dr. Boulal has worked within the International Centre of Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) where he coordinated research projects on improved water management for sustainable mountain agriculture; options for coping with increased water scarcity in agriculture; and development and dissemination of sustainable irrigation management in olive.


B.Sc (Technic and rural development), National Agricultural School (ENA Meknes) - Morocco 1988
DEA (Biology and Agronomy), University of Rennes I - France 1991
PhD (Biology and Agronomy), High National Agronomic School of Rennes (ENSAR) - France, 1996
DEA (Conservation Agriculture), University of Cordoba - Spain 2008
European PhD (Conservation Agriculture), University of Cordoba - Spain 2010

Experience professionnelle

National Coordinator Project of Inegrated and Water Land Management Program (IWLMP) at the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Area (ICARDA)
Research Scientist in Agronomy and Natural Resource Program, INRA Morocco
Responsible of a Research Development Unit of INRA Morocco
Member of Water Use Efficiency project, CIHEAM Bari Italy-INRA Morocco
Member of Integrated Natural Resource management project, ICARDA - INRA Morocco
Member of Decision Support System for Cereal Production in North Africa, IFDC-INRA Morocco
Leadership of research program on raised-bed planting systems for irrigated wheat in INRA Morocco

Publications selectionnees

El Gharras O., El Mourid M., Boulal H., 2017. Conservation agriculture in North Africa: Experiences, rAchievements and Challenges. In: Kassam et al Eds, Conservation Agriculture for Africa: Building resilient farming systems in a changing climate, 127-138. CAB International 2017.

Cid P., Gomez-Macpherson H., Boulal H., Mateos L., 2016. Catchment scale hydrology of an irrigated cropping system under soil conservation practices. Hydrol. Process., 30: 4593-4608

Guzman G., Laguna A., Canasveras J.C., Boulal H., Barron V., Gomez-Macpherson H., Giraldez J.V., Gomez J.A., 2015. Study of sediment movement in an irrigated maize-cotton system combining rainfall simulations, sediment tracers and soil erosion models. Journal of Hydrology, 524: 227-242

Boulal H., El Mourid M., Ketata H., 2014. Conservation agriculture in North Africa. In: Conservation agriculture: global prospects and challenges. CABI ed., Wallingford, UK, pp: 293-310. ISBN 13:978 1 78064 259 8

Abail Z., Ibn Halima O., Boulal H., El Gharous M., 2014. Fertilizer use patterns in the semi-arid, cereal producing region of Chaouia. Better Crops, 98(4): 29-31

Gomez-Macpherson H., Boulal H., Cid P., Carmona-Moreno I., 2014. Conservation agriculture: an integrated approach for conserving soil, water & "farmers' savings". In: Procceding of INOVAGRI International Workshop on Technological Innovations in Irrigation and International Network of Irrigation Testing Laboratories, 28-31 May 2012, Fortaleza-CE, Brazil, 117-124

El Jouni N., Sikaoui L., Boulal H., Karrou M., Nanjia V., 2014. Improved on-farm irrigation management for olive growing. In: Proceeding of the 11th International Dry Land Development Conference, 18-21 March 2013, Beijing, China, 399-406

Boulal H., Sikaoui L., El Gharous M., 2013. Nutrient management: a new option for olive orchards in North Africa. Better Crops, 97(4): 21-22

Boulal H., Gómez-Macpherson H., Villalobos F.J., 2012. Permanent bed planting in irrigated Mediterranean conditions: Short-term effects on soil quality, crop yield and water use efficiency. Field Crops Research, 130: 120-127

Boulal H., Gómez-Macpherson H., Gómez J.A., Mateos L., 2011. Effect of soil management and traffic on soil erosion in irrigated annual crops. Soil & Tillage Research, 115-116: 62-70

Boulal H., Mateos L., Gómez-Macpherson H., 2011. Soil management and traffic effects on infiltration of irrigation water applied using sprinklers. Irrigation science, 29 : 403-412

Boulal H., Gómez-Macpherson H., 2010. Dynamics of Soil Organic Carbon in an innovative irrigated permanent bed system on sloping land in southern Spain. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 139: 284-292

Boulal H., Calleja R., Carmona I., Gómez-Macpherson H, 2010. A permanent bed irrigated system for water and soil conservation and carbon sequestration in Mediterranean environments. Proceedings of the European Congress on Conservation Agriculture, Madrid, 4-7 October 2010, 261-264

Gómez-Macpherson H., Boulal H., Mrabet R., Gonzalez E., 2009. Rational and application of conservation agriculture for irrigated production in Southern Europe and North Africa. 4th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, 4-7 February 2009, New Delhy, India, 129-135

Boulal H., Gómez-Macpherson H., Gómez J.A., 2008. Water infiltration and soil losses in a permanent bed irrigated system in southern Spain. 10th Congress of the European Society for Agronomy 15-19 September 2008, Bologna, Italy. Italian Journal of Agronomy. 3(3), 45-46.

Calleja R., Boulal H., Gómez-Macpherson H., 2008. An innovative way to handle residues in a no-tillage maize-based system under sprinkler irrigation in southern Spain. 10th Congress of the European Society for Agronomy 15-19 Sept. 2008, Bologna, Italy. Italian Journal of Agronomy. 3(3), 643-644

Boulal H., Zaghouane O., El Mourid M., Rezgui S., 2007. Guidelines for cereals production (Wheat and barley) in Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia). ITGC-INRAA-ICARDA ed. 176 pages, in French. ISBN 978-9961-881-14-9

Boulal H., Mrabet. R., 2007. Optimizing Tillage Systems On-Farm. In: Explore on farm: Adoption of GAP for Wheat in North Africa. FAO & ICARDA Joint Publication. pp: 57-69