PRIMA, the new partnership for inclusive, healthy and prosperous Mediterranean societies, opens first calls

The overall objective of the PRIMA programme is to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems upstream. To date 19 countries committed to the initiative.

The PRIMA programme will be implemented by the PRIMA Implementation Structure (PRIMA-IS), established as a PRIMA Foundation in Barcelona, on the basis of annual work plans. The annual work plan for 2018 has been prepared taking into account past and ongoing research and innovation experiences and best practices in the Mediterranean area achieved in relevant EU projects such as ERANETMED and ARIMNET. This has allowed the creation of a strong network of stakeholders from both shores of the Mediterranean with diverse background and mutual trust that will be strengthened with PRIMA.

On February 6th, calls opened on 3 topics: "Water reuse and water desalination for agricultural and food production", "Improving the sustainability of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems";  and "Implementing innovation in Mediterranean Agro-food chains by smallholders and SMEs". The indicative allocated amount to each of these is
EUR 6 100 000. Submission of stage 1 pre-proposals closes on 17 April 2018.
In addition PRIMA opened the 2018 Multi-topic call. This call covers 9 different topics, 3 topics under each thematic area*. The total indicative amount allocated to this call is EUR 30 000 000. Submission of pre-proposals for the Multi-topic call closes on 27 March 2018.

For further information see the PRIMA website.

*Overview topics under the thematic areas:
Theme 1 - Sustainable water management for arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas:
- Water resources availability and quality within catchments and aquifers
- Sustainable, integrated water management
- Irrigation technologies and practices
Theme 2 - Sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints:
- Adaptation of agriculture to climate change
- Preventing and controlling emergence of animal and plant diseases
- Developing farming systems able to generate income, to create employment and to
   contribute to a balanced territorial development
Theme 3 - Mediterranean Food Value Chain for regional and local development:
- Valorising food products from traditional Mediterranean diet
- Food Safety in local food chains
- Implications of dietary shifts and sustainable diets for the Mediterranean populations an
   food industry

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