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17 April 2018

The European Commission has reported the project FOWARIM (Fostering Water-Agriculture Research and Innovation in Malta) as a success story


Project Summary

FOWARIM (Fostering Water-Agriculture Research and Innovation in Malta) objective is to strengthen the research capacity of the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST)’s Water Research and Training Centre in 4 crucial themes related to the field of water use in agriculture:

(a) Decreasing Water Demand,
(b) Making Use of Alternative Sources of Water
(c) Renewable Desalinization, On-Farm Desalinization and Utilization of Saline Water and
(d) Decreasing Negative Environmental Externalities Caused by Nutrient-Rich Farm Waters.

This will be achieved by creating a favourable environment for capacity building targeting Maltese researchers, research institutions networking, research policy development. MCAST will be supported in addressing research deficiencies and networking gaps by EU partners of established scientific excellence in the targeted research topics.

The proposal will develop over 3 years and is articulated into 5work packages, including one for management and coordination, involving: capacity building through several targeted and advanced training courses, short-term staff exchanges, summer schools and virtual training; research networking and knowledge sharing through providing technical assistance to establish new demonstration sites to promote innovations and best practices in agricultural water management, helping foster new collaborations through co-design of research questions, and developing a joint strategy for high impact research and dissemination; designing a research strategy and performing dissemination and outreach activities. This will lead to strengthening MCAST’s research and S&T capacity in water use in agriculture, enhance the dynamism between the different partners, extending the partnership of research Institutions in the sector in question contribute, to an increase in peer-reviewed publications and complement in more ways than one Malta’s Smart Specialization Strategy


Coordinated by CIHEAM BARI, the project Contribution to Agriculture and Livestock Support for Syrian People was considered a success story by the OECD


Project Summary

The program will increase the capacity of the SIG’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Agriculture and Water Resources (MIAWR) and of the Local Council Administrations (LCAs) to provide services to the rural communities held by the moderate opposition. This program is built on a pilot intervention in 2014, which supplied inputs for wheat farming to 450 farms and provided veterinary support to 3,000 animal breeders in Azaz district in Aleppo. The pilot intervention is based on both demand from farmers and on the ability of SIG to provide services.  The current program will support the resilience of the Rural Communities in the program areas through the concrete effort of the Agriculture Ministry of SIG and the LCAs involved.

The project will also increase agricultural and livestock production and household income of Local Communities, in areas held by the moderate opposition, through the supply of inputs and provision of services made available by the Ministry of Agriculture and by the Local Council Administrations.

Main Results

Supply of inputs and small equipment for crops such as: wheat, vegetables, lentil, chick peas, cumin, fruit trees, olives and other alternative crops;

  • Services for crops such as: Early Warning Disease System, Plant Diseases Treatments;
  • Strengthening Syrian household resilience with support to livestock production;
  • Support to livestock production with services such as the production of concentrate fodders
  • Capacity building and technical assistance activities for Syrian technicians of the Ministry of Agriculture and of the Local Council Administrations;
  • Setting up of Syrian technicians’ Associations;
  • Analysis of the state of the art of agriculture and rural areas of the program districts;
  • Visibility and information actions for Local Communities on the program opportunities.

Coordinator: CIHEAM Bari – Italy