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ARIMNET

ERA-NET for Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean


Participants

15

Countries

12

Calls

1

Projects

10

Objective

The ARIMNet project is intended to promote the coordination of national research activities and to identify joint research programmes among the countries of the Mediterranean area, to fight fragmentation and exploit synergies. Agricultural research in the Mediterranean is characterised by three main features:

• it is scattered within the EU members and in Mediterranean Partner Countries as well as most of the problems and challenges that the Mediterranean agriculture is facing are...

The ARIMNet project is intended to promote the coordination of national research activities and to identify joint research programmes among the countries of the Mediterranean area, to fight fragmentation and exploit synergies. Agricultural research in the Mediterranean is characterised by three main features:

• it is scattered within the EU members and in Mediterranean Partner Countries as well as most of the problems and challenges that the Mediterranean agriculture is facing are shared by all the countries in the area and even further,
• its objectives are largely the same in the whole area, even if priorities can vary from one country to another,
• the conditions resulting from climate change as well as the objective of sustainable development and production need to rethink agricultural research in all the countries and to begin its alignment in the whole area to increase its impact.

This situation allows and requires a coordination action at the level of the Mediterranean (among EU members and between them and the other Mediterranean countries) in fostering the convergence of national programmes and in founding a new critical mass to address the key issues such as the growing demand for safer, healthier and higher quality food; the sustainable production and use of renewable bio-resources.

Mapping

The countries of the Mediterranean basin face a number of similar problems in relation to agriculture, as regards the use and management of natural resources, such as soil and water, crop protection, emerging and endemic disease and threats to the security and sustainability of agricultural production resulting from climate change. Given that the agro-food sector and rural development play a crucial role to guarantee environmental sustainability, healthy life improving, economic development a...

The countries of the Mediterranean basin face a number of similar problems in relation to agriculture, as regards the use and management of natural resources, such as soil and water, crop protection, emerging and endemic disease and threats to the security and sustainability of agricultural production resulting from climate change. Given that the agro-food sector and rural development play a crucial role to guarantee environmental sustainability, healthy life improving, economic development and social stability, priorities have been established to address the future mid and long-term challenges. Three topics that are interrelated have been identified:
Production systems and their components. Facing climatic change and pressure in water availability, protecting the natural resources and the environment will need an evolution of the current agricultural production practices. This requires researches on several issues that concern different aspects of agricultural production, to improve simultaneously the productivity of agricultural system and their sustainability and resilience. Several issues have to be addressed in this perspective: genetic breeding of varieties resistant to drought and to climate hazards, use of local species biodiversity, development of new farming systems combining different activities and species to use their different sensitivities to hazards, diversification of cropping systems using local crop species, etc.
Enhancing the advantages of Mediterranean agriculture in developing products with high added value. Several products benefiting from specific Mediterranean natural advantages and know-how are already competitive and provide high added value to farmers and other actors in the supply chains (fruit, vegetables, olive oil, etc.). They already benefit from a domestic and international demand for products entering in the Mediterranean diet. However researches are needed to enhance their development in a way that they can really contribute to the economic development of rural areas. Research topics can concern different stages of the food chain: production, food processing, transport, marketing and policies.
Sustainable management of land and natural resources. Conservation of water resources and soil fertility, protection of biodiversity are major challenges in the Mediterranean area. Risks of degradation are high, in relation with unsustainable agricultural techniques, increase of inputs use, climate change. They have to be address at the farm level, but also at larger scale. Some issues need to be tackled at the river basin level, some others on larger areas, even in some cases (e.g. water management) on international level. They need integrated approaches combining different disciplines.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
ARIMNet - 2011 9 Jun 2011 11 10 4,821,580
 
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