Research excellence to boost innovation in the rural areas

December 3, 2020
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On 20 November, the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders, MedaWeek Barcelona, celebrated its 14th edition. In this occasion, EU-fundedFASTER presented its first brokerage event titled “Rural Development Boost Through Transfer Of Research Excellence.”

The event included a roundtable with high-level speakers Giuseppe Provenzano, Research and Innovation Division at the Union for the Mediterranean, Ali Rhouma, Senior Project Officer at PRIMA Foundation and Sihem Jebari, FASTER H2020 Project coordinator and researcher at “Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts” (INRGREF).

The participants agreed that it is important to join efforts with policymakers to support interactive innovation models fostering collaboration with high education centres and private sectors, especially SMEs. It was also concluded that it is crucial to highlight the role of gender equality to make sure that all contributions from all parts of society are put into value in order to further rural development and transformation in the Mediterranean region.

The session was streamed online and can be revisited here.

FASTER (Farmers’ Adaptation and Sustainability in Tunisia through Excellence in Research) aims to reinforce research and knowledge transfer capacity of INRGREF (National Research Institute of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests) related to innovative land and water management in view of climate change and its implementation through the use of Farm Advisory Systems (FAS). This project has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


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Countries covered:

  • Tunisia