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PRIMA initiative


The overall aim to be pursued by PRIMA is to develop innovative solutions and promote their adoption for improving the efficiency and sustainability of food production and water provision, in order to support inclusive wellbeing 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 underpinned by two ‘drivers’:

  1. To advance existing knowledge and innovation for water management, food security, and food quality through long-term cooperation
  2. 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.


PRIMA consortium has identified eight operational objectives that have been summarized along 3 main pillars:

  1. Sustainable management of water for arid and semi-arid areas;
  2. Sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints;
  3. Mediterranean food value chain for regional and local development.

All the 3 identified pillars are designed to ensure a long-term, economically sustainable, agro-food sector that safeguards natural resources. This is in line with the recently-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and with the forthcoming European Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS).


PRIMA initiative Partners
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

PRIMA initiative Observers
Germany, Croatia, Jordan, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey

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