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News Call for proposals: KBBE-2009-1-2-03 - Irrigation water saving solutions for Mediterranean agriculture

The EuropeAid Co-operation Office is now implementing a new programme for food security which has been devised to help developing countries feed their people. The Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) operates worldwide and promises to provide innovative solutions in countries that face either temporary and structural food security problems that are linked to poverty.

Seventh Framework Programme for research and technology development (FP7): Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology Calls: FP7-KBBE-2009-3 

This call is under the 7th Framework Programme of DG Research on: KBBE-2009-1-2-03: Irrigation water saving solutions for Mediterranean agriculture - SICA (Mediterranean Partner Countries). 

Publication Date: 03 September 2008
Budget: *€ 188 850 000
Deadline: 15 January 2009 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
OJ Reference: OJ C226 of 03 September 2008
Specific Programme(s): Cooperation

Minimum number of participants: 2 from different Member States or Associated countries and 2 from different ICPC from the Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Irrigation water demand is increasing in Mediterranean countries, putting more pressure on the available fresh water reserves. The project will address issues related to the sustainable use of water in Mediterranean irrigated agricultural systems, with the aim of reducing water use and reversing the current unsustainable trend.

The research focus should be on cost effective innovative and more efficient techniques allowing substantial savings in terms of consumption and waste, and improving water productivity. The best water-saving solutions should be integrated within suitable husbandry practices and tailored to the most water demanding crops currently grown in the project target areas, thus improving the whole system performance. The project should also include the study  and development of new models of good governance at basin or  catchments level, and should define strategies and propose policies aimed at promoting a more responsible and efficient use of  irrigation water at farm level.

In this respect, a participatory approach is recommended, as well as the planning of an effective communication and demonstration strategy to facilitate an adequate involvement of stakeholders. The dissemination plan should include a sound strategy for an effective transfer of the produced knowledge towards the end-users, e.g. industry, SMEs and farmers.



Contact information EC: Massimo Burioni (email:
News type Procurement
File link
File link local so_contact_list_call3_.pdf (application/binary, 94 Kb)
Source of information InterSus - Sustainability Services
Keyword(s) EU-INCO-MED, FP7, water productivity, water saving, Irrigation water demand, water governance, IWRM, participatory approach, farmers
Geographical coverage Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Greece, Germany, France
News date 23/10/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH