The 4CE-MED consortium was conceived in order to follow a multi-actor approach. The consortium includes 11 partners from 7 different PRIMA countries (Geographic Area PRIMA): 4 EU (MED-EU) and 3 non-EU (MED), including research organisations, universities, SMEs, farmers’ cooperatives. The consortium is well-balanced with 7 partners belonging from the R&D and 4 others representing the productive world, with the aim of maximizing the impact of 4CE- MED’s results. The consortium combines the experiences of CCE, CRES and UNIBO on camelina; ICARDA, INRAA, INRAT, on cropping systems tailored for semi-arid environments of northern Africa; ARVALIS, CRES, UNIBO and Spanish Co-ops on cropping systems tailored for environments of southern Europe. UNIBO has extensive experiences on the integrated environmental assessment of agricultural productions, CREA is a lead international partner for fine tuning locally available mechanization systems to the 4CE-MED solutions, and it will greatly benefit from the collaboration with the southern Mediterranean partners ICARDA, INRAA and INRAT. The whole environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed 4CE-MED solutions will be assessed capitalizing on the expertise of UNIBO. Finally, INI has internationally recognized organizations standing for their ability to effectively disseminate, communicate and exploit project results. Despite a limited budget, a decision was taken to have a large consortium (11 partners) for guaranteeing the quality of results, while reducing the risks of biased information. it should be recognized, for example, that field trails will be spread over 4 MED-EU and 3 MED countries, thus covering abroad range of farming agro-ecosystems. To maximize the efficiency of dissemination and capacity building at local level ARVALIS, BIOS, and Spanish Co-ops, which is strongly related with COPA-Cogeca and EIP-Agri, will develop a collaborative network of stakeholders. Most of the partners are pioneers in their specific field of research/activity and have coordinated or participated on key research projects, funded at EU and non-EU level.
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
The University of Bologna has been hosting prominent figures from science and the arts. Being Research and Innovation a major academic priority, the University of Bologna has long-standing experience in coordinating and participating in European research and academic cooperation projects, forging alliances with industries and public/private organizations, and being a hub of several international networks. The mission is to foster the adoption of profitable, environmentally sound, and socially responsive agricultural systems.
UNIBO is the project coordinator and the leader of the Coordination & management work package (6) and also the integrated sustainability assessment work package (4).
Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’analisi dell’Economia Agraria
The Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria (CREA) is a National Research Organization which operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, with general scientific competence within the fields of agriculture, agroindustry, food, fishery and forestry. CREA is an Italian public agency for research for Agriculture.
CREA as partner of the consortium will be in charge of the evaluation of the mechanization systems available locally and of the possible set up/improvement needed for the 4CE-MED systems.
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d’Algérie
Created on April 11, 1966 under the legal status of Public Establishment with Administrative Character (EPA). Since December 2004, INRAA has been granted the status of Public Establishment of Scientific and Technological Character (EPST), placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. INRAA has divisions in the different fields of agronomic research and experimental stations located in different regions of the country contributing to the development of research programs and the definition of mechanisms and modalities for their implementation; executing research and experimentation programs at the national level and promoting research results and ensure their dissemination and use in collaboration with the institutions concerned.
INRAA is the leader with SPANISH CO-OPS of the local multi-stakeholder platform work package (1).
Spanish Co-ops represents this Spanish agricultural cooperative movement that consists of 3,669 cooperative companies. These companies have an overall turnover of 29,365 M€, employ 111,000 workers, and are composed by 1,150,000 associated farmers. The Executive Council that makes the organization’s decisions is composed by the 17 Regional Federations’ Presidents. The expert team of Spanish Co-ops created for their participation in projects, has been also strengthened in relation to its allocated task in previous and ongoing European Projects.
SPANISH CO-OPS is the leader with INRAA of multi-stakeholder platforms work package (1).
Iniciativas Innovadoras S.A.L
Iniciativas Innovadoras is a Spanish consultancy company specialized in promoting innovation and facilitating cooperation as key factors in the development of organisations. INI has broad experience in different EU Programmes participating either as partners or supporting public and private organizations. For 4CE-MED, INI draws on its experience in dissemination and communication in H2020 projects in the Agricultural field,
INI is leader of the Dissemination Work Package (5).
Camelina Company España
Camelina Company España S.L. (CCE) is the European leader for camelina production, developing a sustainable camelina seed to oil value chain, from agronomic deployment to camelina processing. Since CCE introduced camelina crop in Spain in 2010, the company has deployed a sustainable growing scheme in Spain for cultivation of camelina. CCE has wide experience in the development of camelina field trials, both in EU Mediterranean regions (Spain), Central Europe (France), Eastern Europe (Romania) and North America (Canada), having performed a wide array of agronomic trials for the introduction of camelina in sustainable cropping schemes.
CCE is the leader with CRES of Agronomic trials on tailor-made 4CE-MED systems in Work Package (2).
ARVALIS – Institut du Végétal
ARVALIS – Institut du végétal is a French technical institute in charge of applied research on cereals, maize, sorghum, potatoes, flax, tobacco and forage crops. It is run and funded by farmers. The Institute has effective means through various local sites in every region of France, with a broad range of activities. It operates from the field scale to post-harvest stages and first processes. ARVALIS works in strong relations with breeders and inputs firms (seeds, nutrients and phytochemicals), as well as feed, food and non-food industries. As an applied research institute, it interfaces with French and international basic research infrastructures as INRA, IRSTEA, Universities (collaborating through various research projects) and the development organisms such as Chambers of Agriculture and economic operators (co-ops…).
ARVALIS is the leader with ICARDA of Demonstration & capacity building activity work package (3).
Center for Renewable Energy Sources
CRES is a public entity, supervised by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, having nevertheless, financial and administrative independence. The Biomass Department (BD) is part of the CRES’ Division for Renewable Energy Sources. The BD-CRES has outstanding experience in non-food crops production for both energy production and industrial use. It has also developed research activities in evaluation of the biomass and energy potential of a wide range of energy crops grown in experimental field trials; research on new non-food crops better adapted to soil and water stress conditions; evaluation of the logistics involved and optimization of the bioenergy – biorefinery system; resource assessment for various biomass feedstock using GIS methodologies; economic appraisal of implementing biomass (energy crops, agricultural and processing wastes) in niche energy markets.
CRES is the leader with CCE of Agronomic trials on tailor-made 4CE-MED systems work package (2).
BIOS AGROSYSTEMS S.A.
BIOS AGROSYSTEMS S.A. is a company that has been constantly developing new and improved cotton varieties, its main objective being the production and marketing of varieties grown from its own research program. It has also been operating a specially designed evaluation and selection program for the marketing and distribution of maize, sunflower, vegetable hybrids, seed potato, varieties of cereals, vetch, alfalfa, turf & forage grasses, in the Greek market, South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East. BIOS is the first private company to start a strategic cooperation with the Greek Agricultural Institute NAGREF for the production and distribution of their own planting seed varieties for cotton, wheat and alfalfa. Bios produces seed not only for own sales needs, but also as a “third-party” collaborator for major multi-national companies of the field.
BIOs is partner of the consortium participating in different tasks and promoting the demonstration activities of the 4CE-MED systems and the networking with local stakeholders.
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas
ICARDA is the global agricultural research organization working with countries in the world’s dry and marginal areas to deliver sustainable systems solutions that increase productivity, improve rural nutrition, and strengthen national food security. ICARDA’s research integrates new crop varieties; agronomy; on-farm water productivity; natural resources management; rangeland and small ruminant production; and socioeconomic and policy analyses to drive impact on ground. ICARDA-Morocco conducts research and training in close partnership with INRA- Morocco, other institutions and universities.
ICARDA is the leader with ARVALIS of Demonstration & capacity building activity work package (3).
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique de Tunisie
INRAT is the first Tunisian institute specialized in agricultural research. INRAT cover several fields of agricultural research: animal and crop production, biophysical and socio-economic research. The main missions of INRAT are: the i) improvement of techniques for animal and crop production, ii) evaluation and upgrading of genetic resources in Tunisia, iii) selection of crop varieties and improvement of animal breeds, iv) performing agro and socio-economic research in relation with the rural environment, v) contribution to technology transfer and capacity building through teaching and supervising students.
INRAT is the leader with Spanish Co-ops of the Local multi-stakeholder platforms work package (1).