Curriculum Vitae



 Dr. Rachid MRABET

Personal Information

Date & Place of Birth: July 22nd, 1964 Oujda, Morocco

Marital Status: Married 3 Kids (Mustapha, Sami & Ghita)

Office Address: Regional Agricultural Research Center of Tangier, 78 Boulevard Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Tangier 90010 Morocco.

Office  : +212 539 938033

Mobile Personnel : +212 661430768 

Mobile Travail:  +212 660199507

Fax:            +212 539 936681

Email:             rachidmrabet@gmail.com

Website: 3w.inra.org.ma

Education

  • PhD in Agronomy, Crop & Soil Sciences Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. USA. (May 1997).
  • MSc in Soil Physics, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco (July 1989).
  • Adult special in Soil Physics, Soil, Water & Climate Sciences Department, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, USA. (July 1986 - January 1988).
  • BSc in Agricultural Engineering, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco (July 1986).

Job Description

  • Research Director at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) 
  • Head of Regional Center of Agricultural Research of Tangier (2007-2011)
  • Head of Regional Center of Agricultural Research of Meknes (2003-2007) (www.inra.org.ma).
  • Expert and Member of Scientific Committee of National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) (2008-11)(http://cnrst.ma/comites_scientifiques.htm).
  • Council Member of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC) (2008-2010) 

Research domains

  • Conservation agriculture
  • Cropping systems and crop production
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Soil physics & Management
  • Soil quality & integrated natural resource management
  • Crop Yield forecasting
  • Modeling

Expertise & teaching domains

  • Agricultural Systems
  • Surface hydrology & water harvesting
  • Mountain development
  • Spatial statistics and Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Soil Science & Salinity
  • Contaminant Transport in Soils
  • Modeling Soil Physical Processes
  • Crop growth modeling
  • Irrigation management & decision support system
  • Desertification & Erosion

Thesis

  • Mrabet, R. 1997. Crop residue management and tillage systems for water conservation in a semiarid area of Morocco. PhD Dissertation. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 220p.
  • Mrabet, R. 1989. Contribution à l'étude du processus d'infiltration d’eau dans deux vertisols. Mémoire d'Ingénieur Agronome, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco, 200p (with English abstract).

Book

  • Mrabet, R. 2008. No-Tillage systems for sustainabe dryland agriculture in Morocco. INRA Publication. Fanigraph Edition. 153p.

Book Chapters

Publications in referred journals

Publications in International Conferences

Abstracts in international Conferences

Publications & Abstracts in National Conferences

Publications in National Journals

Participation to seminar without communication

Consulting

Project Reports

  • Zeggaf, T.A., R. Mrabet & M. Karrou. 1998. Coupling Geographic Information System and Rainfall-Runoff Modeling for Potential Runoff Estimates in semi-arid Area South of Morocco. ICARDA Project: On-Farm Water Husbandry in WANA. 30p.
  • Zeggaf, T.A., R. Mrabet & M. Karrou. 1998. Catchment Area Management Effects on Runoff Production and Quality. Progress Report. On-Farm Water Husbandry in WANA Project Annual Report. pp: 4-7.
  • El-Brahli, A., R. Mrabet & A. Bahri. 2000. Potentialités et conditions d'adaptation de la rotation triennale dans les zones semi-arides. Rapport Projet FAO-DAF, Ministère de l'agriculture, du développement rural et des pêches maritimes. 40p.
  • Mrabet, R. 2001. Long-term soil quality and organic matter changes associated with tillage and cropping systems in semiarid Morocco. IFS Final Report. 10p.
  • Ismaili, M., R. Mrabet & A. Bentassil. 2006. Integrated soil, water and nutrient management for conservation agriculture in continuous wheat and legume-wheat rotation in the centre and south Morocco. In Report of the First Research Coordination Meeting of the Joint FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project, Vienna, Austria 13-17 June 2005. IAEA-311-D1-RC-974.1.
  • J.L. Arrúe, C. Cantero-Martínez, A. Cardarelli, V. Kavvadias, M.V. López, F. Moreno, R. Mrabet, J.M. Murillo, J.J. Pérez de Ciriza, A. Sombrero, J.L. Tenorio and E. Zambrana. 2007. Comprehensive inventory and assessment of existing knowledge on sustainable agriculture in the Mediterranean platform of KASSA. KASSA Project. 27p.
  • J.L. Arrúe, C. Cantero-Martínez, A. Cardarelli, V. Kavvadias, M.V. López, F. Moreno, R. Mrabet, J.M. Murillo, J.J. Pérez de Ciriza, A. Sombrero, J.L. Tenorio and E. Zambrana. 2007. The Mediterranean platform comparative critical analysis. Learning from KASSA platforms'reports. KASSA Project. 27p.
  • J.L. Arrúe, C. Cantero-Martínez, A. Cardarelli, V. Kavvadias, M.V. López, F. Moreno, R. Mrabet, J.M. Murillo, J.J. Pérez de Ciriza, A. Sombrero, J.L. Tenorio and E. Zambrana. 2007. Prospects for sustainable agriculture in the Mediterranean platform of KASSA. KASSA Project. 30p.
  • Mrabet, R. 2007. No-tillage Research in Rainfed Areas of Morocco. Work Package 1.1 Report Mediterranean Platform. KASSA Project. 21p.
  • R. Lahmar, J.L. Arrúe, J.E. Denardin, R.K. Gupta, M.F.S. Ribeiro, S. de Tourdonnet, I.P. Abrol, P. Barz, A. de Benito, A. Bianchini, A. Bolliger, C. Cantero-Martínez, A. Cardarelli, C. Chenu, R-A. Düring, J.E. Fernández, R. Ferreira, C.A. Flores, M. Frielinghaus, Ha Dinh Tuan, I. Hussain,V. Kavvadias, H.J. Kliemann, R.A. Kochhann, R. Kõlli, J. Kubat, T. Laktionova, M.V. López, J. Magid, V. Medvedev, I.C. Mendes, A. Michels, G.M. Miranda, L. Montoya, F. Moreno, R. Mrabet, L. Müller, J.M. Murillo, N. Nazareno, J. Netland, NE. Nielsen, C. Nieves-Mortensen, J. Novakova, A. Nozières, A. Onorati, C. Paschalidis, C. Paz, R. Peiretti, J.J. Pérez de Ciriza, D. Picard, C.N. Pillon, L. Pocheptsova, J-C. Quillet, S. Sangar, P. Saulas, E. Scopel, F. Skora Neto, T. Simon, A. Sombrero, J.L. Tenorio, D. Tessier, K. Thinggaard, S.C. Tripathi, E. Vandeputte, J. Werrity , M. Willms, E. Zambrana and G. Zervakis. Knowledge assessment and sharing on sustainable agriculture Synthesis Report. KASSA Project. 137p.
  • Mrabet, R., Essahat, A., Ramdani, A., Hamal, A. & Moussadek, R. & Macpherson, H.G., 2008. Conservation agriculture in irrigated systems of semiarid Morocco. Scientific Report of the Azahar project AGL2005-05767. CSIC-Spain and INRA-Morocco. 32p.
  • Mrabet, R., Essahat, A., Ramdani, A., M. Alghoum  & Macpherson, H.G. 2009. Conservation agriculture in irrigated systems of semiarid Morocco. Scientific Report of the Azahar project AGL2005-05767. CSIC-Spain and INRA-Morocco.24p .  
 
Project's Evaluation & reporting 
  • Mrabet, R. 2008. Rapport de mission pour GFAR. Investing in sustainable crop intensification: the case for improving soil health. Technical workshop, FAO, Rome 21-25 July 2008. 4p.
  • Projet de recherche-développement «une agriculture de conservation pour une production agricole durable en zones semi-arides ». Ministère de l’Agriculture et du développement rural (Algérie). Institut Technique des Grandes Cultures ITGC – ICARDA. 2005.
  • Projet GCP/TUN/028/ITA FAO – Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture du Kef. Programme de conservation des eaux et du sol dans les gouvernorats de Kairouan, Siliana et Zaghouan. 2003.
  • Project Framework for Promoting Conservation Agriculture in Sub-Saharian Africa. Support of the Soil Fertility Initiative. FAO- World Bank. May 2000.

Technology Transfer & Technical Bulletins

  • Shideed, K., A. Laamari, M. Boughla, H. Benaouda, H. Mahyou, R. Mrabet, M. El Mourid, A. Aw-Hassan, M. Hammudi, M. Rahmi, H. El Mzouri & R. Thomas. 2005. Documenting the impact: How effective is Atriplex Alley Cropping. ICARDA Caravan 22:34-36.
  • Mrabet, R. & S. Lahlou. 2002. Conservation Agriculture in Morocco: Present status, development and future perspectives. African Conservation Tillage Network ACT-Year Book 14-17.
  • Mrabet, R. 2001. Building soils with no-tillage in semiarid Morocco. ACT Network Vol. 2:1 January 2001. http://www.fao.org/ACT-Network.
  • Mrabet, R.  2001. Le Semis Direct: Une technologie avancée pour une Agriculture durable au Maroc. Bulletin de Transfert de Technologie en Agriculture MADR-DERD. Nº 76, 4p. http://agriculture.ovh.org.
  • Mrabet, R. 2000. Historical review of no-till research in semiarid Morocco. ACT Network Vol. 1:1 October 2000. http://www.welcome.to/ACT-Network.

Other reports

  • Mrabet, R. 1997. Soil quality: Importance and Impact of No-tillage systems. Report of Engineer in Chief. 59p.
  • Mrabet, R. 2003. Development Project of Regional Agricultural Research Center of Meknes, 30p.
  • Mrabet, R. 2003. Research on no-tillage systems: Major findings. Report of Research Director. 32p.
  • Mrabet, R. 2007. Development Project of Regional Agricultural Research Center of Tangier, 35p.

Awards received

  • Grand Prix Hassan II pour l'invention et la recherche dans le domaine agricole, Ministère de l'agriculture et de la pêche Maritime, Rabat, 2009. 
  • Van Ouwerkerk Memorial Award, Brisbane, Australia, 2003.
  • International Soil Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO) Award, Fort Worth, Texas,USA, 2000.
  • International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Award, Reno, Nevada, 1994.USA.

Advising

  • 3 PhD & 15 MSc
  • 2 PhD & 1 MSc (in progress)

Jury of examination

  • 3 PhD & 13 MSc

Teaching

  • Soil Physics (Faculty of Sciences, Meknes)
  • Instrumentation in Soil Physics (Faculty of Science, El Jadida);
  • Soil Contamination (Faculty of Science, Fes);
  • Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing (Ecole Mohammadia des Ingénieurs, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes, Rabat & INRA Meknes) ;
  • Irrigation and Drainage (Ecole Mohammadia des Ingénieurs, Rabat & Faculty of Science and Technology, Settat);
  • Erosion process and soil protection (Ecole Mohammadia des Ingénieurs, Rabat & ONF International);
  • Water & Soil Conservation (ICARDA);
  • Water Conservation & Tillage (FAO);
  • Conservation Production Systems (CIHEAM-IAV Hassan II).
  • Crop residue management in conservation agriculture (CIHEAM-ICARDA)
  • Integrating livestock in Conservation agriculture (CIHEAM-ICARDA)

Editorial & Association

Editorial Advisory Board Member:

  • Soil & Tillage Research;
  • La revue des Sciences Agronomiques et Forestières 
  • International Journal of Agricultural Research
  • Geomaghreb; 
  • Al Awamia.

Reviewer for:

  • Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica
  • Agronomy Journal; 
  • Agronomy for Sustainable Development ;
  • Al Awamia;
  • Applied Soil Ecology ;
  • European Journal of Soil Biology;
  • Field Crops Research;
  • International Journal of Agricultural Research;
  • Journal of African Earth Sciences;
  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment;  
  • Asian Journal of Plant Sciences;
  • Soil & Tillage Research.

Scientific & Editorial Committee Member of:

  • First Med-Seminar on No-tillage systems, INRA-FERT, 2001, Settat, Morocco. 
  • First National seminar on Almond tree, Meknes 25th Mars, 2005. INRA Meknes.
  • III World Congress on Conservation Agriculture October 3-7, 2005 (Nairobi, Kenya);
  • 14th Conference of International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO) May 14-16, 2006 (Marrakech, Morocco).
  • 1st National Congress on Amelioration of Agricultural Production, FST Settat & INRA Settat 16-17 March 2006.
  • 2nd National Congress on Amelioration of Agricultural Production, FST Settat & INRA Settat 3-4 April 2008.
  • National Seminar on Environment and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Sciences, Meknes, October, 28th 2006, Meknes.
  • National seminar on olive tree, INRA & AMPPC December 26th, 2006 at Meknes.
  • Congrès International 2009. L’Intégration de l’Agriculture dans le Développement Rural Durable au Défi des Crises Alimentaire, Energétique et Climatique Mondiales. 12-14 Novembre 2009, Agadir (Maroc). Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Sociales d’Agadir. http://congres-international-2009.synthasite.com/ 
  • Symposium International sur Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eaux et en Sols et Durabilité des Systèmes de Cultures en Zones Méditerranéennes. Rabat du 14-16 Mai 2009.
  • Les 5èmes Journées internationales des géosciences de l’environnement. Faculté des Sciences Fès Dhar El Mahraz. 13-14 Mai 2009. http://www.fsdmfes.ac.ma/jige5/

Member of National Societies:

Weed Science Society of Morocco, Moroccan Association of Agro-Economics (AMAECo), Moroccan Society of Agronomy & Moroccan Society of Soil Sciences (AMSSOL), National Association of Agricultural Engineering (ANAFID).

Member of International Societies:

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil and Water Conservation Society of America (SWCS), International Erosion Control Association (IECA), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IASS), African Conservation Tillage Network ACT, Tillage erosion and translocation Network, International Soil Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO), International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO), World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC), Mountain Forum, International Society for Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Centre d’Information Sur l’Eau Agricole et Ses Usages (CISEAU), Moroccan Clay Association, Arab Society of Plant Protection.

Projects (Research – Research-development)

International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden.

Mrabet, R. 1999-2002. Long-term soil quality and organic matter changes associated with tillage and cropping systems in semiarid Morocco.

French Cooperation

Mrabet, R. & Yves Le Bissonnais (INRA-France) 2000-2003. Mesure et estimation des indices d'agrégation des sols Marocains et application pour l'évaluation des systèmes de gestion des cultures. Projet de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (PRAD).

Naimi, M.  R. Mrabet et al.  2009-11.  La vulnérabilité des sols  à l'érosion et son évolution au Maroc. Projet de Reecherche Agronomique pour le développement (PRAD). 

Spanish Cooperation   

Azehar Program (Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y  Tecnología, Plan Nacional I + D + I):

  • Conservation tillage in rainfed agricultural systems: soil-plant C and N dynamics and carbon sequestration in Mediterranean environments (2004-07) (University of Llieda).
  • Conservation agriculture in irrigated agricultural systems (2006-08) (University of Cordoba).

Belge technical Cooperation (CTB) & Wallonie-Bruxelles:

Mrabet, R., A. Bouaziz & A. Falisse. 2006-08. Production agricole plus performante,  conservatrice des sols, parcimonieuse en eau et en énergie, par une optimisation intégrée des facteurs de production dont  travail du sol, rotation des cultures et apports d’eau.  Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, INRA & IAV Hassan II.

CGIAR (ICARDA & CIMMYT):

  • Improving the livelihoods of rural communities and natural resource management in the mountains of the Maghreb (2004-07), SDC Funds.
  • Framework for “Ex post impact assessment of NRM research in the arid and semiarid areas: The case of The Mashreq/Maghreb Project experience”.
  • Development of an Integrated Natural Resources Management Framework for Durable Agriculture in Central Morocco (MCGP Project, 2004-07).
  • On-farm water husbandry in WANA (1996-98).
  • Package for agricultural characterization (1996-98).

FAO & Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco

Promotion and transfer of no-tillage technologies in semiarid areas of Morocco. (1997-2001).

European Union

  • Project on Curricula development on Soil and Water Resources Protection using Information and communication Technologies- SWART-ICT. Tempus Meda Joint European Project, CD_JEP-30117-2002.  Centre for Water and Climate, Wageningen University (2003-2007).  
  • 6th Frame, KASSA Project, Knowledge Assessment and Sharing on Sustainable Agriculture, EU Special Support Action (GOCE-CT-2004-505582), http://Kassa.cirad.fr
  • Network on Governance, Science and Technology for Sustainable Water Resource Management in the Mediterranean: The role of DSS tools. (NOSTRUM-DSS).  EC Contract No INCO-CT-2004-509158. http://www.feem-web.it/nostrum/fra/01pres.html
  • Mediterranean dialogue on framing sustainability in water policy evaluation (SWAP). Contract 043536 (INCO).

World Bank

  • Vulnerability and Valuation of Conservation Agriculture and Drought Tolerance Technologies among Farmers in Rainfed Regions of Morocco. (Univ. of California – Davis, ICARDA, CIMMYT & INRA) (2007-08).
  • Integrated rural development project :
  • Small & Medium Scale Irrigation (Khenifra Province, Morocco)
  • Rainfed agriculture (Boulemane Province, orocco)

IDRC (International Development Research Centre, Canada)

Mécanismes d’adaptation aux changements climatiques des communautés rurales dans deux écosystèmes contrastés en plaine et montagne du Maroc. Programme Adaptation aux changements climatiques en Afrique (ACCA) par la recherche et le renforcement des capacités. (2007-2009).

Consultant & Expert

  • Individual Expert (Wageningen University).
  • Consultant & reviewer (UN ECA, FAO, GTZ, COTUGRAIN, University of Llieda, IAASTD),
  • Invited Speaker & delegate
      • International FAO workshop on “Investing in sustainable crop intensification: the case for improving soil health. 22-24 July 2008. Rome, Italy.
  • Second Regional Experts Consultation Meeting (2nd ECM) On "Recent Advances in traditional & non-traditional management and utilization of agriculture   residues: Potential & constraints". FAO. Cairo, Egypt, October 29 –November 1st   2007.
  • Workshop on Conservation agriculture for sustainable land management to improve the livelihood of people in dry area. GTZ, FAO & ACSAD. Damascus, Syria. May 7-9, 2007.
  • CIMMYT-IFPRI International Technical Workshop, Bio-ethanol, maize and wheat: opportunities and risks. November 4-5, 2006, New Delhi, India.
  • Annual General Meeting CGIAR 2005. Marrakech, Morocco. December 5-7, 2005.
  • University of Cordoba & CIHEAM,
  • FAO/CIRAD, II World Congress of Conservation Agriculture, Iguaçu Falls, Parana, Brazil, August 11-15, 2003,
  • African Society of Geology,
  • FAO, International workshop on conservation agriculture for sustainable wheat production in rotation with cotton in limited water resource areas. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, October, 13-18, 2002,
  • Third International Conference on Land Degradation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 17-21, 2001.
  • Water Conservation under scarcity: Research Needs. Library Talk at British Council, November 12th 1999.

Computer skills

Programming, Statistics, Geostatistics, GIS, Word Processing, Data Base Management, Modeling, Edition.

Media

  • Mrabet, R. 2008. Changements climatiques et sécheresse au Maroc. Atlanpages (Agence de Presse), France. http://atlanpages.monsite.wanadoo.fr .
  • Mrabet, R. 2008. Drought in Morocco. Agence Néerlandaise de Presse (ANP).  
  • Mrabet, R. 2007. Radio Fes. Agricultural Research & Rural Development.
  • Mrabet, R. 2003. Radio Kef, Tunisia. Direct seeding in Maghreb region.
  • Mrabet, R. 2003. Médi 1, Rabat, Morocco. Desertification.
  • Mrabet, R. 2000. RAI Uno, Italy. Conservation Agriculture.