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Deficit irrigation for Mediterranean agricultural systems

Objective

Irrigation uses about 80% of all water diverted for various uses in the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, increased demand for other uses coupled with water scarcity is putting unprecedented pressures on reducing the share of freshwater used in irrigation. Give n the degree of scarcity in many areas of the Basin, if irrigation water use could be reduced, it could become a major water source, thus releasing resources for alternative use. The objective of this project is to evaluate the concept of deficit irrigatio n (DI) as a means of reducing irrigation water use while maintaining or increasing farmers profits. The DI concept will be the subject of multidisciplinary research at different scales, geographic locations, and with different perennial and annual crops. T he objective will be to develop a workable, comprehensive set of irrigation (DI) strategies that can be disseminated quickly among the various agricultural systems of the Mediterranean Region. The project addresses directly the first topic of the INCO-2002 -B1.2 specific measure, 'research on sustainable irrigation, including deficit irrigation'. Eleven partners from seven different countries (Greece, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey), including research and water association institutions wi ll work for three years on the project. Their main activities will be: a) the development of a general summary model of crop yield as a function of water supply, b) the validation of the model for the main irrigated annual (wheat, sunflower, cotton,) and p erennial crops (olive, pistachio, citrus), using common research protocols, c) a survey on physical, socio-economic and cultural conditions for each crop and irrigated area, and d) scaling up by combining the yield model with economic optimization modules that will generate optimum DI strategies compatible with the specific socio-economic characteristics of each area under study. The results of the project will provide #'

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-MPC-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE CÓRDOBA
Address
Alfonso Xiii, 13
Córdoba
Spain

Participants (8)

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
75, Iera Odos
Athens
CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE HAUTES ETUDES AGRONOMIQUES MEDITERRANEENNES, ISTITUTO AGRONOMICO MEDITERRANEO OF BARI
Italy
Address
Via Ceglie, 9
Valenzano (Ba)
CONSORZIO PER LA BONIFICA DELLA CAPITANATA
Italy
Address
Corso Roma, 2
Foggia
CUKUROVA UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE
Turkey
Address
Balcali
Adana
INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VÉTÉRINAIRE HASSAN II
Morocco
Address
Av. Allal Fassi, Rabat-instituts (Madinat Al Irfane)
Rabat
INSTITUT NATIONAL AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE
Tunisia
Address
43, Avenue Charles Nicolle
Tunis-mahrajène
UNION TUNISIENNE DE L'AGRICULTURE ET DE LA PÊCHE
Tunisia
Address
Alain Savary Cité El Khadhra
Tunis
UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE
Jordan
Address
Queen Rania Street
Amman