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Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)

PRIMA initiative, in whose preparation Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovenia from Danube Region participated, fosters joint research and innovation activities among Mediterranean countries, aiming at developing innovative and sustainable solutions in agriculture, food production and water provision, encouraging application by communities, enterprises and citizens. A total of more than two hundred million euros have been committed for this initiative over a 10 year period starting in 2018. 

  • Posted on: 12.08.2016
  • Project date: January 2018 - December 2028
  • Acronym: PRIMA Initiative
  • Coordinating institute: MIUR, Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (Italy)

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On 22 December 2014, nine Member States of the European Union (EU) submitted a proposal for the participation of the EU in a joint research and innovation programme named PRIMA.The following countries participated to the preparation of the PRIMA programme: Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and Tunisia. Moreover, Germany, Turkey, Romania and Israel are in the process of joining to the Initiative. The PRIMA initiative remains constantly open to any country willing either to observe or to join the Programme, including those associated to Horizon 2020.

In the Mediterranean area, like in other regions in the world, but with particular importance due to the natural and political context, the Water-Food-Energy nexus requires today crucial actions to ensure economic and social development.

In the light of such premises Prima aims at deveoping innovative solutions and promote their adoption for improving the efficiency and sustainability of food productions and water provision, in order to support an inclusive well-being and socio-economic development in the Mediterranean Area, within the framework of a reinforced Euro-Mediterranean co-operation.

To achieve such goal, the PRIMA Initiative will be driven by two intentions:

a) to advance existing knowledge and innovations for water management, food security, and food quality through long-term cooperation

b) to ensure the adoption of knowledge and unlock its innovation potential through end user-friendly and societally affordable solutions

In order to achieve not only scientific but also socio-economic impacts, PRIMA intends to support the whole innovation chain to ensure that research results are translated into economic development.

Specific concerns have been identified in recent Euro-Mediterranean expert groups and research policy dialogue (Expert group at Euro-Mediterranean Conference Barcelona, 2012; CRIA, 2012; MIRA, 2009-2011; Euro-Mediterranean Conferences of Ministers of Agriculture – CIHEAM, 2012, 2014; MedSpring / EMEG, 2013-2015, ARIMNet Stakeholders Conference, 2011 and ARIMNet2 Strategic Advisory Board2015):

  • Unsustainable agriculture production, overspecialisation and intensification of agriculture production in a non-ecological way.
  • Overexploitation of natural resources, natural plant cover, loss of soil fertility, soil erosion and salization
  • Limited use of local biodiversity, local breeds and mixed cropping systems.
  • Poor nutritional value of food products and food diets.
  • Decline in food culture and food sovereignty, calling for better reconciliation between modernity and tradition.
  • Need to booster local food-chain and sustainable and competitive food production and transformation system.

In the light of the above premises, the overall aim to be pursued by PRIMA is the following:

To develop innovative solutions and promote their adoption for improving the efficiency and sustainability of food productions and water provision, in order to support an inclusive well-being and socio-economic development in the Mediterranean Area, within the framework of a reinforced Euro-Mediterranean co-operation.

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Program: Other | S&T field/scope: Energy, Innovation and Development, Agricultural Sciences | Affilation and Pillar: Key stakeholders, Research and innovation community, Energy and Bio Economy | Geographical focus: Western Balkans, EU Member States, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Romania, International/Other

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