MuSA - Multidisciplinary Smart Agriculture

Thematic objective: A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
Priority: Priority A.2.1 Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results, strengthening the linkages between research, industry and other private sector actors
Brief description of the project: Agriculture has a very high social and economic relevance in Europe and the whole Mediterranean basin. The various cropping systems have increasingly evolved variable needs of cultivation inputs, namely water and chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides), owing to increasing market quality requirement standards and to the spread of pests and diseases promoted by climate change and global trade. The inversion of this ascending trend, i.e. the optimization of these inputs, is crucial both economically and environmentally. The project aims to exchange knowledge and skills in order to develop and implement eco-friendly methods for agro-ecosystem management in Mediterranean arid and semi-arid areas for a rational use of agriculture inputs. The proposed activities allow the optimization and the rational use of different inputs in agriculture and the improvement of both the quality and the socio-economic impact of the productions
Main objectives – issues to be addressed: The assessment of the agro-system features in terms of soil organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics, water resource availability and use; the assessment of crop vegetative vigour according to the employed farming practices; the determination of pest and pathogen spread; equipment characterization and adjustment for a sustainable application of chemicals; the economic, environmental and social impact of the employed productive methods and techniques in agriculture.
Expected results: A significant increase of the cropping system suitability is expected through the reduction of chemical and water inputs reducing both the environmental impact as well as the risks for farmers. Final objectives are knowledge sharing, technological transfer and commercialisation of the proposed new sustainable cropping strategies, in order to strength the linkages between research world, industry and other public and private stakeholders operating in Mediterranean Sea Basin Area.
Partners already involved: University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria (Italy)
Partners searched: Research centers/universities, agricultural and environmental organisations, private stakeholders from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia
Total estimated budget: 3.000.000€
First name: Nicola
Last name: Mayera
Name of the organisation: Regione Calabria
Type of organisation: Local or regional public administration
City: Catanzaro
Country: Italy
Phone number: +39 0961 853687
Skype contact: nicola.mayera