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Identification & Background:

Project title: VALMEDALM – VALorization of MEDiterranean ALMond orchards through the use of intercropping integrated strategies

Project code: PRIMA/0013/2021

Main objective:The proposal aims to empower local almond production of the Mediterranean through the implementation of intercropping practices as an integrated strategy aligned with economic and social aspects, as well as sustainable principles towards an adaptation to climate change.

Intervention region: Mediterranean

Beneficiary entities: 

MORE – Laboratório Colaborativo Montanhas de Investigação, Associação (Project Leader)

Instituto Politécnico de Bragança

Centro Nacional de Competências dos Frutos Secos

University of Split

Università degli Studi di Palermo

Agricultural Research Organization – Volcani Institute (ARO)

National Research Centre (NRC)

University Sultan Moulay Slimane

National Institute of Agronomic Research

Approval date:  10/12/2021

Start date: 01/06/2022

Conclusion date: 31/05/2025

Total eligible investment: € 1 373 757,50 

More’s budget: € 111,621.04

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Objectives

  1.  Promote Intercropping practices in Mediterranean almond orchards;
  2. Evaluate the impact of intercropping practices in pest and weed management in almond orchards from Mediterranean area;
  3. The nutritional properties of almonds and crops used in intercropping farming.
  4. Assessment of the economic, social and environmental impacts of examined practices.
  5. Increase agro-food stakeholders’ skills and sharing of intercropping practices for sustainable agriculture among Mediterranean countries;
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Activities

WP1 – Potential of intercropping practices in Mediterranean almonds orchards.

WP2 – Intercropping role in pests and weed control as a tool to promote sustainability in almond orchards.

WP3 – Assessment of nutritional and functional properties of almonds and associated crops produced within VALMEDALM demo sites.

WP4 – Assessment of the economic, social and environmental impacts of tested practices and technologies.

WP5 – Training and knowledge transfer: practices and technologies; food quality valorisation.

WP6 – Dissemination, communication, and exploitation plan.

WP7 – Consortium coordination and Project Management.

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Expected results

  • Improve sustainable food production systems;
  • Increase farmer’s income, also including other possible agricultural-linked income sources and ensure transparency and fair pricing structure along the value chain;
  • Promote access to work for young workers and women;
  • Enable access to markets, i.e., ensure access of local producers to distribution channels and markets, providing the general population with healthy and sustainable products;
  • Improve sustainable food production systems with eficiente use of natural resources and with eco-friendly processes with low GHG emission;
  • Reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses and potentially valorising the waste left.
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