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Seeking: Mediterranean collaborations in water management and soil regeneration
Topic 1.1.1 (IA) Implementing sustainable, integrated management of water resources in the Mediterranean, under climate change conditions.
Topic 1.4.1 (IA) Demonstrating benefits of the Water-Ecosystem-Food Nexus approach in delivering optimal economic development, achieving high level of environmental protection and ensuring fair access to natural resources.
Algae, Circular economy, Composting of organic wastes, Feed, Fixation and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, Insect, Organic farming, Water use efficiency
Food4Sustainability is engaging with local entities to develop a pilot study in Idanha-a-Nova, where we intend to recover the irrigation infrastructure (78.1 hm3 dam, 4 reservoirs, 2 pumping stations and a 294 km distribution network covering 8200 ha), to implement a water management model that promotes a responsible and more rational use of this important resource.
Food4Sustainability is also launching initiatives to develop and systematically test farming approaches and practices that contribute to soil regeneration, with a special focus on microbiome development and balance. Based on previous results from our partners, we expect these practices to reduce irrigation needs, improve the nutritional value of food products and provide other relevant ecosystem services, like increased biodiversity and support to pollinators, balanced nutrient cycling, GHG sequestration and increased resilience to pests/diseases.
We are looking for Mediterranean partners that are developing similar initiatives in their region and whose network includes relevant local entities to ensure sustainability of these initiatives in the future.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
Food4Sustainability (F4S) is a Portuguese collaborative laboratory with a strategic vision to develop and test novel sustainable circular food production systems.
Our main mission is to solve large scale problems in bio-based food systems and build climate resilience through CO2 mitigation, null use of chemicals (synthesis), sustainable intensification (maximization of land use), water preservation and increased efficiency in the food value chain.
F4S is composed by 15 founding partners, including academia, deep-tech SME, farmer organisations, large industries and regional development partners, that bring together their capabilities to:
a) Develop and test sustainable and regenerative farming practices;
b) Train farmers and support the effective adoption of state-of-art practices;
c) Engage with communities of interest (focus on education and experimentation).
In order to put our strategic vision into practice, F4S is implementing a circular food production system comprising composting, insect farming, syntropic agriculture, hydroponics, aquaponics and algae in Idanha-a-Nova (Centre Portugal).
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.