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COST Connect: Water for Food and Agriculture in the Mediterranean Area

Location COST, Brussels
Date 28 June 2017
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Water for food and agriculture is an important topic on the agenda. COST supports more than 20 Actions in this area and European stakeholders intensively discuss the issue with a strong focus on the Mediterranean area. COST aimed to provide networking opportunities to structure this important field, to link the active researchers with policy stakeholders and thus connect the dots in the European Research Area.

The workshop was an open space for the identification of relevant R&I and policy topics for the Mediterranean area in relation to:

• Smart and sustainable farming 
• Improved land- and water- sustainability and management; new governance models
• Reduced pests and pathogens in farming
• Innovative solutions in agri-business

The event aimed to increase awareness on the different relevant funding opportunities in the field and how to access them (promoting research cooperation funding programmes related to water and agriculture issues: Information on PRIMA and Calls from JPIs, ERA-NETs; H2020, EIT, EUREKA Agri). Participants decided on the issues to discuss, such as emerging S&T topics in the field, identifying potential future research cooperation. Links between stakeholders and COST Actions also allowed input to the Strategic Research Agendas worked on. Furthermore, there was an interesting international cooperation component for COST Actions: more actively engaging participants from Near Neighbour Countries in the Mediterranean area.

COST Action participants, members of the COST Scientific Committee and other COST bodies were invited to the event as well as stakeholders such as European Commission officials, representatives involved in PRIMA, Water JPI and FACCE, ERANETMED, ARIMNet-2, SUSAN ERA-NET, EUREKA Agri, EIT KICs, EIPs, SCAR, Rector Conferences, ETPs and other advisory and policy bodies.

The event was by invitation only.

Further information about this COST Connect event can be requested via  from Mafalda Quintas and Ioanna Stavridou, COST Science Officers, and Elke Dall, COST Policy Officer.