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 :
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/
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
The 1st Review Meeting of SUPROMED took place online on 12 July 2021. The project partners and Project Coordinator presented the progress towards the project objectives to the reviewers. The Review focused on the period from October 2019 until March 2021. The Project Officer welcomed the efforts deployed by the Consortium to overcome the impact of Covid-19 on the activities of the project.
A technical workshop in Sidi Bouzid (Tunisia) has been achieved on Friday 27 November by the INGC team. The workshop was held with the Leader farmer to raise awareness on the use of seed drills for sowing cereals. This region is known for the low rate of use of agricultural mechanisation , especially the seed drill for cereals. In addition, in this region, cereals are sown manually or with fertiliser spreaders, which distorts sowing rates and leads to heterogeneous emergence. Around 12 participants took part in this workshop.
An online meeting was held on 19 November 2020, between the INGC team, the representative from OpenIOS company (Tunisia) and HISPATEC team (Spain) within the SUPROMED project. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the different ways of integrating the IREY application into the SUPROMED end users platform.
The first SUPROMED annual meeting was organized remotely by the project coordinator “The University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain” from 14 to 16 October 2020. The meeting was held remotely due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the first day of the meeting, SUPROMED partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved tasks during the first year. They presented the preliminary results of the work achieved in the 3 demo sites, Eastern Manchain Spain, Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia and South Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
For the second day, Partners discuss their progress about the development and calibration of models and tools. Spanish partner in charge of the development of the platform “Hispatec " with collaboration of UCLM, presented the first version of the platform with the available models.
The last day was held with the participation of the project officer Fabrice Dentressangle, partners discussed currents status of WP’s, the problems and delays due to Covid 19 and agreed on a list of solutions to solve the first year problems. They planned next actions for the second year.
The first 1st SUPROMED technical meeting was held on the 17 of June 2020 and hosted by the project coordinator “The University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain”. The meeting was held remotely due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the first session of the meeting, the partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during the previous 9 months. They presented the preliminary results of the work achieved in the 3 demo sites, Eastern Manchain Spain, Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia and South Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
The first version of SUPROMED DSS has been presented by the Spanish partner in charge of the development of the IT platform and the project DSS “Hispatec”, this version will be available online very soon.
In the afternoon, a project board meeting was held and partners discussed the problems and delays due to Covid 19 and agreed on a list of solutions.