The researcher C. Seijo Coello from the research group Plant, soil and valorization of by-products offers collaboration to promote beekeeping in North African countries (i.e.: Argelia, Morocco). We offer expertise in the fields of apiculture products and design of apiaries.
We are especially interested in topics related to increase resilience in agricultural systems where we could contribute by introducing beekeeping. This activity has a great impact in the conservation of agrosystems and favours pollination of food crops along with other arid and semiarid plants that are important for habitat conservation. As by-products beekeeping allows to obtain highly valuable foods both economically and in terms of health. Adding value to bee products requires increasing the competitiveness of small stakeholders and making the necessary efforts to improve the quality, food security, trade opportunities and mainly valorization of local bee products.
We have experience in areas related to the bee products value chain with a quality approach, ensuring authenticity, safety and health properties as well as in the development of brands that add value to local producers regarding their origin, since beekeeping products are highly dependent on the territory.
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The University of Vigo is a public academic institution, founded in 1990, that is a reference for modernity and innovation in Spain. Nowadays, the University of Vigo has about 22,000 students and about 200 research groups, whose activity has resulted in significant scientific production.
UVigo has placed a considerable emphasis on R&D activities by way of numerous funded projects, as well as through its various services and research centres. This support has enormously increased the scientific output and the capacity to obtain external resources. In fact, the university appeared in Shanghai ranking of best universities in 2011 and 2012.
Over the last 3 years more than 950 projects confirm the cooperation of the University with enterprises and economic associations, and more than 25 national and European patent requests have been submitted by University of Vigo over the last years. Moreover, the university participates every year in the Framework Programme and other EU initiatives; more than 60 European Projects have been developed over the last 10 years (some of them coordinated by University of Vigo), with a return of more than 30 million euros (including more than 25 projects from H2020).
Although two topics have specifically raised our attention we are open to other collaborations if other partners consider that our profile may add to their proposal.
In topic 2.2.1 “Re-design of agro-livelihood systems to ensure resilience” we may add to many of the expected impacts but especially to impacts 1.- Systems redesigned to minimize the risk of failure associated with yield losses due to inappropriate farming systems (e.g. monoculture) and climate change, and secure the incomes of the farmers; 2.- Adoption of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable agroecosystems productions; and 7.- Yield stability and quality in comparison to standard farming systems under challenging environmental conditions.
We may contribute to several impacts in topic 1.3.1-2020 “Valorising the health benefits of the Traditional Mediterranean food products”, in example by contributing to the Development of new value-added foods products/forms from traditional Mediterranean diet with proven health benefits.
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.