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From 29 June to 2 July, the SUPROMED team had fruitful meetings in Volos Greece.

On 29 June a coordination meeting was held with the participation of the 10 partners of the SUPROMED project.  Partners discussed the prepared activities and reports and established a plan for the next period.

From 30 to 1 July SUPROMED    partners participated in Agroecoinfo symposium 2022 organized by the SUPROMED partner university of Thessaly. One special session was dedicated to SUPROMED results during the symposium.

On the 2nd of  July, a training session addressed to Greek farmers and technicians on methodologies and tools used in SUPROMED and HubIS projects was organized. This training session was held in English and Greek languages by the corresponding scientists, who have developed these methodologies and tools ( MOPECO, FabLabs, Irrigation models etc.) and translated into Greek by the UTH research team participating in the two PRIMA projects.

SUPROMED 3rd Technical Meeting was successfully concluded on Thursday, 07 April 2022.  SUPROMED project partners presented the results of the project and discussed the next steps before the end of the project.  

Partners have also discussed  the two SUPROMED workshops to be held respectively  in June and September : 

-  2nd International Symposium on Sustainability and Geoinformatics in Vulnerable Ecosystems (2nd AGROECOINFO), 29 June to 02 July 2022 | Volos | Greece

and 

Common international workshop of 3 PRIMA projects on "Actions, models and tools for sustainable agro-ecosystem in areas with water-limited environments" in Albacete, Spain

On 22 March 2022, on the occasion of world water day, Prima Program published an article about SUPROMED project. 

Finding solutions through research 

How can we adapt to and mitigate the effects of droughts? PRIMA works on different lines of action to meet this challenge. On the one hand, it is necessary to preserve the soil, which suffers from an advanced state of erosion in the Mediterranean. Some of the PRIMA funded projects, such as CAMA, work on this line of action by trying to reduce the risk of soil quality degradation. One of the critical factors of conservation agriculture is a cropping system that covers the soil surface with crop residues to avoid humidity evaporation. 

On the other hand, it is also essential to develop sustainable farming practices to tackle the drought problem, considering that almost 75% of fresh water is used for agricultural purposes. A more resilient approach is needed, reducing or adapting water resources. 

Here it comes SUPROMED (Sustainable Production in Water Limited Environments of Mediterranean Agro-ecosystem), an R&I project co-funded by PRIMA, which aims to enhance Mediterranean farming systems’ economic and environmental sustainability through more efficient management of water, energy and fertilisers. Partnering with ten organisations from Spain, France, Greece, Lebanon and Tunisia, the project will provide a holistic water management system resilient to climate change. In detail, what is going to be delivered is an end-user technology platform specially designed to smartly advise farmers in the efficient water management of Mediterranean cropping.

Read the full article here: https://prima-med.org/drought-the-silent-enemy-of-the-mediterranean/ 

On 22 March 2022, on the occasion of world water day, Prima Program published an article about SUPROMED project. 

How can we adapt to and mitigate the effects of droughts?

PRIMA works on different lines of action to meet this challenge. On the one hand, it is necessary to preserve the soil, which suffers from an advanced state of erosion in the Mediterranean. Some of the PRIMA funded projects, such as CAMA, work on this line of action by trying to reduce the risk of soil quality degradation. One of the critical factors of conservation agriculture is a cropping system that covers the soil surface with crop residues to avoid humidity evaporation. 

On the other hand, it is also essential to develop sustainable farming practices to tackle the drought problem, considering that almost 75% of fresh water is used for agricultural purposes. A more resilient approach is needed, reducing or adapting water resources. 

Here it comes SUPROMED (Sustainable Production in Water Limited Environments of Mediterranean Agro-ecosystem), an R&I project co-funded by PRIMA, which aims to enhance Mediterranean farming systems’ economic and environmental sustainability through more efficient management of water, energy and fertilisers. Partnering with ten organisations from Spain, France, Greece, Lebanon and Tunisia, the project will provide a holistic water management system resilient to climate change. In detail, what is going to be delivered is an end-user technology platform specially designed to smartly advise farmers in the efficient water management of Mediterranean cropping.

Read the full article here: https://prima-med.org/drought-the-silent-enemy-of-the-mediterranean/ 

 

On January 8 2007, the INOVAGRI Institute was founded in a meeting at the headquarters of the Association of Agricultural Engineers of the State of Ceará. Ten professionals decided to create this association of specialists in the rational use of water in agriculture. Since then, throughout these thirteen years INOVAGRI has been carrying out many activities that have been contributing to bring to irrigated fields all over Brazil, a new perspective for research, technological development and innovation in irrigated agriculture.

INOVAGRI contributes in a systematic and active way to the development of irrigated agriculture and the rational use of water through the execution of basic or applied research, technological development and innovation, as a way of fighting water scarcity, negative environmental impact and social inequality and poverty in the fields of Brazil.

INOVAGRI operates mainly with the production, diffusion and application of technical and scientific knowledge in the area of ​​Brazilian irrigated agriculture. We provide educational and technological services, we sign terms of cooperation, agreements and contracts with public and private institutions, autonomously and independently.

Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU) aims to create a unique federation that brings together and represents the Mediterranean geoscience community specializing in the areas of Earth, planetary and space sciences.

MedGU is  structured along the lines of AGU (American Geophysical Union) and EGU (European Geosciences Union). This first 2021 Annual Meeting had an  "hybrid" format, with both in-person and virtual participation. The official journal of MedGU is Mediterranean Geoscience Reviews (Springer).

 SUPROMED's partner INRGREF participated at the Annual Meeting (MedGU-21) of Mediterranean Geosciences Union,  and  presented SUPROMED results through two papers : 

 

 - Paper 1: Evaluation of WaPOR evapotranspiration product for irrigated orchard in arid region . Alaya Itidel , Zitouna Rim , Mekki Insaf , Zairi Abdelaziz , El Amami Hacib

-  Paper 2: Smart irrigation management: An innovative approach in water-limited areas-Tunisian case study. El Amami Hacib , Zitouna Rim , Zairi Abdelaziz , Mekki Insaf , Alaya Itidel , Chabane Amal;

 

SUPROMED's technical conference on " tools for irrigation" was held on 18 November 2021 in UCLM-CREA,  200 people participated in the event. The conference was a forum for discussion and reflection with farmers, technicians, and managers of companies linked to irrigation on how to increase production and quality of agricultural products with proper design and management of irrigation, trying to meet the demands of industry and market.

Videos explaining the use of SUPROMED tools to help in irrigation management of annual crops, almond, pistachio, and vineyard crops are available here

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Disclaimer SuproMed

SUPROMED is part of the PRIMA programme supported by the European Union.

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