Expected Outputs

WaterFARMING contributes with novel outputs for efficient water and nutrient use at the field, farm and catchment scale with relevance across Europe and N. Africa, contributing to the call expected impacts.
See (Table 2).
Table 2: Alignment of WaterFARMING outputs to expected impacts in the call text
Call text
WaterFARMING outputs

All proposals should emphasize the effective participation of stakeholders and end-users (including industry) in research, and innovation actions.

The participation of stakeholders and end-users are ensured by active involvement of the farmers and the farming networks for co-generation of knowledge (see 5.3 for letter of commitment by stakeholders).

Proposals should demonstrate clear European/International added value and the potential for scientific and/or technological excellence.

The study of water and nutrient use strategies from field to catchment in a set of systems and conditions representative for Europe and N. Africa is novel approach and has major international significance (WP2).

Cross-cutting issues, such as socio-economic and/or capacity developing aspects (contributions to standards and norms) constitute an added value to R&I in this field.

Adoption of a technology requires technological, social, environmental and economic assessment (WP3) and these factors are taken into account by working directly with the stakeholders through stakeholder platforms (WP1).

Proposals should build on on-going research activities the state-of-the-art at EU level and beyond providing synergies. They should describe opportunities and initiatives for cooperation.

Partners have complementary projects (LANDMARK, FP4BATIW, CASCADE, AGFORWARD, MIRACLE, GYGA etc.) to put together best practices (task 3.4) for dissemination to enhance the research impact.

Participation of stakeholders (i.e., small and medium enterprises (SMEs), industries, authorities, public administrations, associations, as well as civil society organizations) is encouraged. International cooperation is encouraged.

Stakeholder platforms are formed at the local level around each production system (Table 3) for constant dialogue with the researchers to co-generate interventions to address real field constraints. Consortium covers wide geographical spread and international mix of researchers.

Communication to society (e.g., risk management measures) and dissemination to stakeholders for future implementation (e.g., best practice models) should be explicitly addressed by applicants.

The innovative approaches, tools, methods and indicators will be packaged into a decision support tool for use by farmers and farming networks for informed decision making (WP5).

Better use and protection of European natural resources. This is substantiated in the protection of water levels in aquifers and lakes, and discharge in streams; Improvement of environmental water quality and protection of human health

By mapping the water and nutrient budgets (WP2), sources of leakage to the ground water and the surrounding water bodies will be identified and necessary interventions will be devised to retain water, soil and nutrient at source to enhance productivity and reduce off-site contamination (WP4).

Benefit to biodiversity, greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions reduction and flood mitigation thereby enabling co-benefits.

Our intervention has emphasis on green infrastructure from field-catchment scale (WP4) to improve the resource use and reduce the GHG footprint of the production practice.

Implementation of existing and breakthrough scientific knowledge in agricultural practices and farming systems at the farm, landscape and catchment scale.

The project has taken an approach where the case study sites consists of fields, farms and catchment and the interventions will be available for all these spatial scales at farm, field and catchment scale (WP2).