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Safe and High Quality Food Production using Poor Quality Waters and Improved Irrigation Systems and Management

Objective

The present proposal addresses two fundamental problems that over the past decade increasingly have become concerns of the general public: the one problem being the jeopardizing of safety and quality of our food products, while the other being the increasing competition for clean fresh water.

The proposed project has a multi-disciplinary approach, which integrate the European as well as the global dimension of the EU-policy on food quality and safety. The main driving force behind the project idea is new research results that demonstrate irrigation pattern can increase the water use efficiency as well as the quality of vegetable crops. Furthermore, have recent innovations in the water treatment and irrigation industry shown potential for the use of low quality water resources, such as rivers and other surface water, for irrigation of vegetable crops without jeopardizing food safety or quality.

The proposal includes three components:
1) The technological development of water saving irrigation systems and management for use of low quality water resources. Technological advances will be made in the field of cost effective tertiary water treatment technology for on-farm use. Irrigation equipment for sub-surface irrigation systems will be tested in the field and developed to facilitate a new water saving strategy, PRD-irrigation, which improves water use efficiency and the quality of the produce.
2) Impact of the technology on product quality and safety, production system and the environment as well as a risk assessment from farm to fork.
3) A component concerning the feasibility and application of the system.

The financial and economic aspects will be investigated and institutional and consumer barriers will be identified. Decision Support System will be developed for the on-farm management of water resources. A range of dissemination activities addressing national and EU authorities, commercial stakeholders from the food sector, and farmers' organizations is included.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-FOOD-3-B
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C
Denmark

Participants (16)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
Address
39-43, Quai André Citroën - Tour Mirabeau
Paris
CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
China
Address
No.2, West Road Of Yuanmingyuan, Haidian District
Beijing
CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
China
Address
South Street Zhong Guan Cun 12
Beijing
CONSORZIO DI BONIFICA DI SECONDO GRADO PER IL CANALE EMILIANO ROMAGNOLO
Italy
Address
Via E. Masi, 8
Bologna
DHI WATER AND ENVIRONMENT
Denmark
Address
Agern Allé 5
Hørsholm
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 133
Duebendorf
FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE
Address
Nemanjina 6
Belgrade-zemun
FOOD AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
Rolighedsvej 25
Frederiksberg
GRUNDFOS BIOBOOSTER A/S
Denmark
Address
Poul Due Jensensvej 7
Bjerringbro
LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Keppel Street
London
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Greece
Address
Egialias 19 &Chalepa
Marousi - Athens
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, NERC
United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House , North Star Avenue
Swindon, Wiltshire
NETAFIM (A.C.S.) LTD.
Israel
Address
161 Arlozorov St.
Tel-aviv
POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES THE FRANCISZEK GORSKI INSTITUTE OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
Poland
Address
Niezapominajek 21
Cracow
STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE INDUSTRIA CONSERVE ALIMENTARI
Italy
Address
Viale F.tanara 31/A
Parma
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Copenhagen