The PRIMA initiative

In recent years, the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean has been suffering from severe water shortages and decreasing crop yields. Today, 180 million people in the Mediterranean basin are considered ‘water poor’. The lack of clean water and nutritious food has adverse effects on the health and stability of the populations.

A new Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) will develop much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems. The main objective of the ten-year initiative (2018 – 2028), which is partly funded by EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, is to 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 partnership currently consists of 16 participating countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. As the initiative is evolving over time, more participants, from both EU and non-EU countries e.g. Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco are expected to join soon.

The partnership will be financed through a combination of funding from participating countries (currently €274 million), and a €220 million contribution from the EU through Horizon 2020, its research and innovation funding programme (2014 – 2020).

RIMA-IS will launch calls for research and innovation proposals to mobilize the Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities, stakeholders and private entities and to support a wide range of research and innovation projects expected to produce a socio-economic impact in the near future.
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Water crisis and water management are burning issues with a strong impact on environmental sustainability and on agro-livestock farming. Taking all of this into account, CremonaFiere announces a further enlargement of Cremona International Livestock Exhibitions: in 2018, Watec Italy 2018 – Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition & Conference (organized by Kenes Exhibitions) will take place within Cremona International Livestock Exhibitions. This is the result of the intense internationalization activities and the strategic international partnerships carefully cultivated by CremonaFiere itself.