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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.

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UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS

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Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C

Denmark

Participants (16)

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BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

China

CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

China

CONSORZIO DI BONIFICA DI SECONDO GRADO PER IL CANALE EMILIANO ROMAGNOLO

Italy

DHI WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

Denmark

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE

FOOD AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS INSTITUTE

Denmark

GRUNDFOS BIOBOOSTER A/S

Denmark

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Greece

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, NERC

United Kingdom

NETAFIM (A.C.S.) LTD.

Israel

POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES THE FRANCISZEK GORSKI INSTITUTE OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

Poland

STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE INDUSTRIA CONSERVE ALIMENTARI

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 23168

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 107 306

  • EU contribution

    € 4 740 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS

Denmark