The ‘Fostering Water-Agriculture Research and Innovation in Malta’ (FOWARIM) project was recently concluded with a conference hosted by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) during which the research results were presented.

The results included: the promotion of innovations and best practices in agricultural water management; scientific and management training courses; showcasing irrigation water governance and economical models; adaptation and mitigation measures of water use in agriculture in a changing climate; making use of saline water – the case for salt-water agriculture; and practical sessions provided to the local agriculture community on how to make more efficient use of water in the agriculture.

The project has helped to strengthen the research capacity of Mcast’s Water Research and Training Centre in four crucial areas related to the use of water in agriculture, namely decreasing water demand; making use of alternative sources of water; renewable desalinisation, on-farm desalinisation and utilisation of saline water; and decreasing negative environmental symptoms caused by nutrient-rich farm waters.

Besides Mcast, the other project partners included the Centre International de Hautes Etudes Mediterraneennes (CIHEAM) from Italy, Europe for Business Ltd from the UK, Cranfield University, UK, ID Consulting from Belgium and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya from Spain.

The conference was also addressed by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo and Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri.

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