Work Packages

RWork packages

WP1: Project management
Leader: CREA (Italy)

Project management will ensure the implementation of the project according to the work plan and the consortium agreement and will ensure a clear-sighted strategic direction and collaboration with existing and former EU and national projects. WP1 will undertake scientific coordination, financial control, quality monitoring, risk analysis. It will also prepare financial statements and consolidated scientific reports and provide intellectual property right and administrative management that conform to PRIMA rules.

WP2: Identification of socio-economic CA adoption constraints
Leader: APOSOLO (Portugal)

Work Package 2 aims to understand the reasons for low adoption of CA in the 8 Mediterranean countries of the project by collecting information in target Region/Area on farmers' natural, social, economic and technological obstacles which can be overcome by on-farm experiments in farmers' fields runned by WP3.

WP3: Participatory approach: definition of research needs and demonstration fields
Leader: ARVALIS (France)

A participatory approach in the network of local CA adopters will define the main research needs for smallholder under different pedoclimatic conditions and set out the implementation of on-farm demonstration fields managed by farmers and technicians to test innovative solutions regarding several CA practical aspects under different conditions.

WP4: Genomic and farmer-participatory selection of novel legume genotypes
Leader: CREA (Italy)

This Work Package will select and make available new varieties of pea and lucerne for innovative and diversity-based cropping systems oriented to CA, by means of genomics and a farmer-participatory approach. It will validate crop improvement strategies based on genomic and farmer-participatory selection.

WP5: Agronomic assessment of CA based on water conservation and use
Leader: UdL (Spain)

The objective of Work Package 5 is to assess the impacts of CA on crop yields, water conservation and crop water use. More specifically, the activities of this WP will :

  • Assess the effect of short- and long-term CA on crop yield in different pedo-climatic conditions.
  • Determine the effect of CA on water infiltration and available water for the crop.
  • Predict, using calibrated models variability of yields and water use efficiency under different management and climate scenarios in different agroecosystems, especially for small holders.

WP6: Environmental assessment of CA based on soil conservation
Leader: CSIC-EAAD (Spain)

The objective of Work Package 6 is to assess the impacts of conservation agriculture (CA) on soil conservation and environmental quality. In particular, this WP will:

  • Assess the effect of CA on soil fertility measured as changes in soil N, P, K contents, soil organic carbon and microbial biomass.
  • Evaluate the impact of CA on the risk of soil erosion based on the evaluation of several soil proxy indicators.
  • Predict changes in soil organic carbon and total soil nitrogen under different management and climate scenarios in different agroecosystems.

WP7: Dissemination, capacity building and transfer
Leader: IAMZ-CIHEAM (Spain)

Work Package 7 will achieve well-targeted dissemination, communication, capacity building and maximum impact of project findings and activities to relevant audiences. The work will aim to:

  • Develop appropriate communication and dissemination tools and channels.
  • Transmit project results that can be of relevance for the stakeholders involved in the transition to CA in the Mediterranean countries, namely the community of farmers, advisors, the farmers organisations and the applied researchers who support the former.
  • Contribute to the capacity building of Mediterranean farmer advisors, agronomists working in cropping systems innovation, with special emphasis in young professionals.
  • Reaching the Scientific community with project results of scientific and technical relevance.
  • Increasing awareness on the potential and benefits of CA in Mediterranean agroecosystems among farmers, advisors and technicians and policy makers.