Water use efficiency and water productivity;
On-farm irrigation systems performance;
Large-scale irrigation systems performance and new technologies;
Use of non-conventional water resources in agriculture;
Integration and up-scaling of the above issues at the basin level;
Sustainable use and management of Mediterranean soils;
Economic aspects of Mediterranean agriculture.
Basic IPM principles and methodologies;
Preventive IPM measures: plant quarantine, pest risk analysis, certified propagating material, resistant/tolerant cultivars or graft combinations, biodiversity maintenance;
Sustainable use of pesticides and relevant regulations; applications of alternative non-chemical pest management methods; food quality and safety;
Sound management of biotic and abiotic disorders in pre- and post-harvest;
Information Technology in IPM programmes.
Developing agronomic skills related to practices and techniques of Mediterranean Organic Agriculture production and management;
Developing skills related to legislation, inspection, certification and labelling of organically-produced food and fibres;
Building capacity in socio-economic analysis and market strategy for organic agriculture;
Providing trainees with the necessary tools and expertise to assess agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.
E. Playan (National Research Council, Zaragoza, Spain) "Design, Operation and Performance Evaluation of Surface Irrigation Systems"
R. Da Gasso (Managing director of Phytomastery Reach Mastery Group, Como, Italy) "Pesticides application and impact"
D. Giovannucci (The COSA, USA) "Global markets and the socio-economic impacts of organics"
R. Mohamad (CIHEAM Bari, Italy) "Experimental activities"