The PRIMA Programme (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) has started as the newest joint programme that boosts research and innovation policy and activities across Mediterranean basin, under the framework of an Article 185 TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).
The PRIMA's general objective is to empower the research and innovation capacities and knowledge co-creation and co-ownership between the two shores of the Mediterranean via competitive calls for innovative solutions. The programme is structured around four thematic areas (Water, Farming and Agro Food, Nexus).
- environmental protection
- External event
Over 2018-2020, three competitive calls, with an overall budget of 160+ M Euro, have funded 129 projects. [3 min, 4-5 slides ‘Structure of the PRIMA Programme, Overview of the Results’]. Then, the presentation will shed light on PRIMA Participating States’ achievements under the Agro-Food sector, [2 min, 2-3 slides ‘Agrofood Performance, Priority Areas‘] exploring how integrated innovative solutions can address people's expectations via efficient and effective value chains with significant socio-economic, health and environmental impacts. The results will be extracted from the PRIMA Intelligent Analytical tool.
Aligned with WSFC-2021 Conference Track: ‘Mediterranean diet (MD) and its Environmental Impact’, more efficient but sustainable agro-food processes are a priority by the international political agenda, aiming to decrease the environmental impact of agriculture/food ecosystems and as well to provide healthy nutrition for an increasing world population. It is a target of the Development Sustainable Goals of the United Nations agenda 2030 and the Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Green Deal. A bird's-eye view on several PRIMA Agrofood funded projects countries and beneficiaries/consortia, budgets, projects scopes, products… [5 min] that address this topic from a different perspective:
- Minimizing (reduce) Agrofood Wastes à less harmful environmental impact.
- Valorising and Utilization (reuse/recycle) of Agrofood By-products à positive environmental impact.
Adapting plant species to climate change for food production via Agroecological approaches and sustainable food production practices to achieve resilience to climatic changes in Mediterranean countries à positive environmental impact + boost MD production.
The last part will give more details on examples of PRIMA Actions allying with this track “DANIME SME, FunTomp …”. The presenter will present the project's objectives, plans, applied technologies, main deliverables and expected outcomes and impacts (Health, Environment, socio-economy) [10 min in total].