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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Co-op & Development, Energy, Environment, Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Banks, Corporations, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: European Union, Mediterranean countries

Category: Call for proposals

Additional info regions:

Participating countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey


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WE Funding – JPI PRIMA – Call section 2…
Funds for: Promoting a more sustainable agriculture
Main beneficiaries: Any legal entity

Responsible: European Commission


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Funds for: Promoting a more sustainable agriculture
Main beneficiaries: Any legal entity

Priorities and funded actions:

* Topic 2.1.1 – Bridging the gap between potential and actual irrigation performance in the Mediterranean;
* Topic 2.1.2 – Management of low-quality waters under water scarcity and climate change conditions;
* Topic 2.2.1 – Small-scale farming systems innovation;
* Topic 2.2.2 – Use and management of biodiversity as a major lever of sustainability in farming systems;
* Topic 2.3.1 – Extending shelf-life of perishable Mediterranean food products by sustainable technologies and logistics and by optimized pest and microbial control;
* Topic 2.3.2 – Enhancing horizontal and vertical integration of Mediterranean agro-food value-chains to foster innovation and sustainability

* Under topic 2.1.1:
– Developing the right water balances and estimate the right amount of water available for irrigation ensuring water safety and security (water quality and quantity);
– Decision support systems based on cost-effective devices and sensors for irrigation underwater quality/quantity constraints;
– Water treatment technology for specific irrigation requirements (e.g., precision irrigation)
* Under topic 2.1.2:
– Preserving soil and water productivity by maintaining adequate balances of water and salts during the use of low-quality waters;
– Integrating desalination and treated wastewater into Mediterranean water management systems, assessing their economic and environmental impacts, with a regional perspective;
– Improving soil and water management practices in relation to salinization/sodification, taking into account the regional variability of soils, water management schemes and groundwater
* Under topic 2.2.1:
– Enhancing innovation capacities and appropriate technology transfer of existing or new infrastructures;
– Enhance sustainability of the small-scale farming systems and preservation of natural resources, and enhance the capacity of the staff of the living labs to provide assistance to the SMEs and to continue the project activities after the end of the project
* Under topic 2.2.2: 
– Valorisation of the traditional and novel use of biodiversity in farming systems;
– Increasing sustainability and resilience of farming systems, particularly regarding the environmental and social (e.g. health of farmers) dimensions
* Under topic 2.3.1: 
– Improved food chains sustainability by using alternative agri-food processes or tools focused mainly on meat and vegetable production;
– Identification and exploitation of added value by- and side-products derived from the Mediterranean agro-food system;
– Optimization of logistics for food storage and distribution either at a local or transnational level resulting in higher income for smallholders and SMEs
* Under topic 2.3.2: 
– New business models for quality and sustainability, suited especially to SMEs, and creation of a new generation of young entrepreneurs;
– Innovative planning and management control systems for quality and sustainability

Among financed actions
* Under topic 2.1.1: 
– Assessment of the real water balances in the area of irrigation ensuring that water levels are environmentally safe for ecosystems and other needs; 
– Establishment of the dialogue with local stakeholders to identify the causes for low performance;
– Development of a set of site-specific, technical, organizational and policy innovations targeting the detected bottlenecks, and cooperate with local actors to pilot these innovations in the case study areas also through capacity building activities
* Under topic 2.1.2: 
– Physically-based simulation models to examine the effects of climate (and climate change) and soil-water management on soil salinization and sodification, as well as to identify viable management and policy options leading to sustainable land use;
– Setting-up of experimental and demonstration sites representative of different Mediterranean conditions in terms of water scarcity, presence and use of low-quality irrigation waters (saline-sodic and/or treated wastewater), climate, crops, conflicting water uses and governance schemes
* Under topic 2.2.1: Actions contributing to make agriculture more sustainable, attractive, profitable, inclusive and a credible employment option for youth, as potential drivers of innovation and income, with a focus on a multi‐actor approach
* Under topic 2.2.2: 
– Activities contributing to the development of biodiversity-based agriculture in the Mediterranean countries, which will be able to enhance the sustainability of farming systems;
– Analysing of how traditional agricultural systems make use of biodiversity, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of these systems and showing how they can provide lessons for the cropping systems of tomorrow;
– Evaluation of performances of wide ranges of species (including service plants) and varieties/breeds (for crops and/or integrated crop systems)
* Under topic 2.3.1: 
– Development and implementation of context-adapted solutions to reduce post-farming food losses, also extending shelf-life of perishable Mediterranean food products such as added value fruits and vegetables, meat products and dairy;
– Capacity building activities supporting dissemination of good practices and relative information for storage and handling, and training activities dedicated to food chain operators
* Under topic 2.3.2: Promotion of the creation of local/national/trans-Mediterranean innovation structures (Med PRIMA-Communities) that, under the open innovation and open science approach, will identify common challenges and develop technological innovative solutions to enhance the integration of the Mediterranean agro-food value-chains

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal entity under Union law;
– European applicants must be registered under EU law;
– A consortium composed of three legal entities established in three different Participating States must be established, out of which at least one must be established in an EU Member State or a third country associated to Horizon 2020 and not being a MPC; and at least one must be established in a third country bordering the Mediterranean Sea (MPC)

* Questions may be sent to:
– Questions related to Water Management Topics: marco.orlando@prima-med.org;
– Questions related to Farming Systems Topics: fabrice.dentressangle@prima-med.org;
– Questions related to Agro-food Value Chain Topics: mohamed.wageih@prima-med.org