Project: Resilient, water- and energy- Efficient FORage and feed crops for Mediterranean Agricultural systems

Crop-livestock and feed systems have huge importance for Mediterranean regions to satisfy the increasing population demand for animal products (milk, eggs, meat), to increase the economic stability of smallholders and to produce typical animal products with high added-value, while contributing in all cases to sustainable farming, environment protection and efficient nutrient cycling. These systems are threatened, however, by the marked insufficiency of high-protein feedstuff, the overexploitation of forage resources, the increasing costs and/or the decreasing availability of irrigation water and mineral fertilizers, and the increasing drought and heat stress arising from climate change. The development of resilient, water- and energy-efficient forage and feed legume crops could definitely alleviate all of these constraints. This is the objective of the present project, which joins nine research institutions from Italy, France, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and USA in a closely integrated manner.

Duration 01/09/2012 - 31/12/2016
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Network ARIMNet
Call ARIMNet Call 2011

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Algerian National Institute for Agricultural Research - Division des Agrosystèmes de l’Est Partner Algeria
Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economics Analysis - Agricultural Research Council Coordinator Italy
French National Institute for Agricultural Research - Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Prairies et Plantes Fourragères Partner France
Higher National Agronomic School Partner Algeria
Institut des Régions Arides Partner Tunisia
Joint Research Unit INRA / Dijon - Génétique et Ecophysiologie des Légumineuses à Graines Partner France
National Institute of Agricultural Research Partner Morocco
National Research Council - Institute for Animal Production System in Mediterranean Environment Partner Italy
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation - Forage Improvement Division Partner United States