Priorities for sustainable management of water:

  1. Better understanding of water resources availability, especially for catchments and aquifers of medium or small size, which is the most common scenario.
  2. The successful adoption of new irrigation strategies and technologies and their integration into farm management practices and the off-farm constraints;
  3. A new holistic approach addressing soil and underground water degradation accompanied by land and water monitoring mechanisms must be promoted;
  4.  Efficient governance at different levels: watersheds, districts, national;
  5. Use of alternative water sources, e.g. treated waste water or water from desalination, through efficient and competitive technologies;


Priorities for sustainable farming systems:

  1. development of production systems able to cope with climate risk and uncertainty;
  2. restore or development of new varieties and hybrids, crops and breeds, taking into consideration the richness of Mediterranean biodiversity, through long-term programs to share resources and objectives;
  3. cope with emergence of animal and plant pests and diseases;
  4. Adoption of innovations and achieving changes in farming practices also from the socio/economic point of view;

Priorities Mediterranean Food value chain:

  1. introduction of ambitious agricultural and food policies ;
  2. the integration of small producers into formal supply channels;
  3. shift towards more eco-innovative and sustainable business models, in particular for SMEs
  4. development of new processing technologies and valorisation of agricultural products and by-products for better valorising the local typical products, to boost rural economy, and to create new jobs
  5. better understanding of the complex relationship between diet and health in the Mediterranean context, as well as genetic, epigenetic and behavioural determinants of chronic disease;