During the PRIMA workshop on 21 November, CFIA's director Peter Knorringa will provide a Keynote Speech at the opening of the international workshop, in Session 1, entitled Thinking the future: Scaling up social and frugal innovation in the Mediterranean Area. This keynote speech is a follow-up with one of the new contacts made during the EU R&I workshop in Brussels hosted two months ago.
PRIMA, Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, is a ten year initiative (2018-2028) aimed at building research and innovation capacities and developing knowledge and common innovative solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanization and population growth. The Partnership is co-financed by its 19 Member States (Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and the European Union through Horizon 2020. The Partnership is characterized by a strong strategic dimension based on the principle of equal footing applied through co-decision, co-financing and co-management and a distinctive geographical focus on the Mediterranean region.
R&I Agenda with a thematic focus: water, farming & agro-food.
A Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda has been identified including three main thematic areas: efficient management of water resources; sustainable agriculture; food value chains as an engine for growth. In these fields, PRIMA aims to build research and innovation capacities, strengthen innovation potentials and develop concrete solutions in an area heavily distressed by climate change, urbanization and population growth.
CFIA supports PRIMAs vision towards an inclusive, healthy and prosperous Mediterranean societies through innovative solutions in agro-food and water systems, contributing to sustainable use of natural resources, economic growth and stability.
The management of water;
integrated and sustainable management of water for arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas
sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints
Agro-food value chain;
sustainable Mediterranean agro-food value chain for regional and local development.
Workshop Synergies with EU, Regional & International Organisations
The 2 day workshop is organised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Development and Investment, in the framework of PRIMA Initiative.
The workshop will bring together stakeholders from EU and international initiatives to share information and best practices on the implementation of their funding programmes, in particular with regard to the adoption of innovation in developing countries.
A further aim is to foster dialogue and cooperation between different types of EU partnerships and international organizations addressing global challenges, thus connecting the dots in the European Research Area, while also paving the way for enhanced coordination and synergies in view of the next EU Framework Programme for R&I, Horizon Europe.