Research Methodology & Approach

WaterFARMING will adopt an innovative case-study approach by bringing together a network of locally relevant production systems representative of the diverse pedo-climatic conditions and socio-economic settings in Europe and N. Africa. Key stakeholders (e.g., farmers, farmer networks and advisory services) will be actively involved from the start of the project to co-generate shared knowledge, from local to regional scales.
The consortium will work with their own prioritized issues of water and soil pollution relevant to the local production systems by use of innovative methods and tools from field to catchment scale to identify gaps (WP2). The identified interventions will be evaluated through on-farm trials followed by productivity and economic assessments (WP4). The expected outputs are
i) a list of water and nutrient use efficiency gaps in relevant production systems,
ii) a set of widely applicable environmental, economic and social indicators
iii) innovative practices to improve the network of production systems and
iv) a decision support tool for informed decision making by stakeholders.