Forty best practices to deal with conditions of drought and water scarcity were selected to represent the vast array of opportunities available for European farmers and landowners. The measures aim to directly or indirectly make better use of water in agriculture, considering both the most advanced technological innovations of precision agriculture and the traditional knowledge. European farms are highly heterogeneous in terms of climate, socioeconomic features, institutional support, cropping patterns and farm dimensions. Given the heterogeneity of European agriculture and the complexity of the problem, silver bullet solutions do not exist and numerous best practices fit for the different needs of the European farmers are presented. The case studies are spread within the six countries partner of the AGRIWATER project (Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and Spain), and they are categorized as technological, technical, agronomic, and economic measures. Key elements common to the best practices are effectiveness, sustainability, technical feasibility, and replicability.
Organisation, constitution, construction, and start-up of an irrigation community that brings together more than 100 farms and almost 1,500 ha of olive groves. The infrastructures consist of three sections: catchment, reservoir, and distribution. The water is collected from the Guadalquivir Read More »
The incentives are linked to the use of an irrigation advisory service (Irrinet), together with other measures to improve agriculture sustainability. To get the incentive, the farmer needs to follow the indications of Irrinet. Based on a water balance model, Read More »
Landraces (old varieties) have good levels of heterogeneity and are potentially better adapted to pedoclimatic conditions compared to modern varieties, which are standardized and selected to perform very well in optimal conditions. Evolutionary populations have a very high level of Read More »
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