Innovation at the service of a self-sufficient Euroregion in agri-food matters
Leader : Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation
Partners : Asociación catalana para la innovación y la internacionalización del sector del agua, Catalan Water Partnership (CWP), Clúster Biotecnològic i Biomèdic de les Illes Balears (BIOIB), La coopération agricole Occitanie.
Duration : from 04/01/2021 to 03/01/2022
Euroregion Subsidy : 25 000 €
Description : The agrifood sector is one of the pillars of today’s global economy and one of the key components of this industry is water. Water is an essential resource at many stages, from production (irrigation) to food processing (processing, cleaning and disinfection). The agrifood sector is a large consumer of water, with two major recurring challenges in the context of climate change and the depletion of resources: Optimizing the quantity of water necessary to avoid waste and losses; Limit the impact and enhance the value of treatment water, often considered as wastewater and released into the environment. Water management is still today one of the main environmental challenges of the industry and it is essential to pursue sustainable development efforts to reduce water consumption and reduce its environmental impact.
Leader : Clúster Biotecnològic i Biomèdic de les Illes Balears (BIOIB)
Partners : IRQUALIM, PRODECA
Duration : from 01/03/2021 to 30/06/2022
Euroregion Subsidy : 25 000 €
Description : The Euroregion Pyrenees-Mediterranean is made up of the Balearics, Catalonia and Occitania. A considerable part of this territory has an important tradition in the production of quality food, with its own personalities such as oils, wines, sausages, cheeses, etc. distinguish by guaranteeing a differentiated quality either for a specific quality or characteristics linked to the particular geographical environment and for having exceeded the strict security and control mechanisms established by the EU in order to obtain the DO or IGP device.
This differentiated quality, in an age of navigation like the present one, when production incomes have declined, can give an intrinsic value to agricultural production and help increase the maintenance capacity of farms and ensure self-sufficiency in the face of to future crises. In addition, quality food promotes rural and sustainable development, the circular economy, the local sale of local producers and processors, all of which are necessary to ensure the post-Covidien-19 territorial balance.
The Xarxa d’aliments de qualitat de l’Euroregió Pirineus Mediterrània projecte was born with the desire to create an innovative ecosystem of the agro-food sector at the Euroregional level which, on the one hand, facilitates the knowledge of the different actors who compose it and who, d ” on the other hand, instead, piloting the transfer of knowledge and technologies generating the emergence of new collaborations and innovative project ideas to meet the challenges of the sector.
Leader : Kilòmetre Mediterrani, Cooperativa d’Avituallament i Transport (kmCAT cooperativa)
Partners : Société Coopérative Plaine du Roussillon, Cooperativa Agrícola i ramadera de Menorca, S.Coop.
Duration : from 01/11/2020 to 31/08/2021
Euroregion Subsidy : 79 000 €
Description : kmCAT (see www.kmcat.coop) already has two technological platforms which will become operational before the end of 2020 and has its own structure equivalent to a technological center, without which it would be impossible to manage the two platforms on which it is based. activity of the cooperative enterprise. The first platform, Mercado Abierto, is a multisectoral “Marketplace” and the second, Conecta Empresas, is a B2B platform prepared to exchange services and knowledge or to share projects, including R & D & I , between companies and professionals. economic fabric of the kmCAT field of action which initially covers Catalonia, Roussillon, Andorra and the Aragonese regions which traditionally have close economic relations with Catalonia.
kmCAT has already registered consumers and suppliers from all these territories (around 10,000 consumers and a little over 2,500 suppliers – producers, manufacturers and local businesses). These more than 2,500 registered suppliers, from ten different sectors, and the Conecta Empresas platform represent the sufficient basis to structure different business clusters, one of the objectives of kmCAT.
Before the end of this year 2020 enters the beta phase, to test the stress of the platforms and the logistics system. Consequently, the actions planned from now on will be to ensure the proper functioning of the entire system, to constantly expand both our social base – consumers and suppliers, fundamentally – and the offer of products and services.
Leader : Providentiel Coquillages
Partners : Institut Français de la vigne et du Vin, Front Rovira Agricola Si, Associassó de la producció agraria Ecològica de Mallorca (APAEMA)
Duration : from may 2021 to september 2022
Euroregion Subsidy : 61 000 €
Description : To study the effectiveness of shellfish by-products in vineyards and agriculture, and their bioavailability as a source of calcium for livestock. In the context of climate change, the Agrocoquilles project, led by the Providentiel shellfish (Toulouse), the French Institute of vine and wine (Tarn), the consulting company Agrossessor (Girona) and the association of organic farmers of Mallorca (APAEMA, Mallorca), aims to study the impact of the use of seafood in the agricultural sector of the Mediterranean Euroregion, to share among its 4 partners the experiences and results acquired throughout the project and disseminate the results in universities, institutions and agricultural sectors, in particular organic agriculture. Context and issues: scientific study on the value of local promotion of seafood by-products in the agricultural sector, a circular economy approach. In agriculture, the oyster shell amendment is mainly used as a pH corrector. But there are other properties, such as increasing the biological activity of soils, the ventilation of compacted soils, the supply of minerals and trace elements, increased resistance of plants to diseases and the prevention of hypocalcemia which has been observed but not found in studies.
Leader : Carmem-Lara Manes
Partners : Centre de Regulació Genòmica. Centre Nacional d’Anàlisis Genòmiques, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique.
Duration : from 01/03/2021 to 31/10/2022
Euroregion Subsidy : 10 000 €
Description : The proposal aims to strengthen relations between three leading research institutes, located in the three regions of the Euroregion: the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls sur mer (OOB, Occitanie), the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA , Balearic Islands) and the Genomic Regulation Center – National Center for Genomic Analysis (CRG CNAG, Catalonia). The networking program includes close collaboration with a local biotech SME, MR&C, based in Banyuls sur mer, specialist in the development of biosensors and already a partner of the OOB. The program also benefits from the support of Biocat, the organization that coordinates, energizes and promotes industrial applications of life sciences in Catalonia.
The specific objective is to apply genomics technologies to increase the control of marine biodiversity in order to preserve important marine resources in agriculture, in particular in aquaculture as a food reserve and source of nutrients. The partners bring complementary experience in marine biology, genomics, metabolomics and molecular biosensors. More specifically, as a cooperative pilot project, the network will study the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) as a tool to identify biomarkers for the aquaculture sector related to the risk assessment of ectoparasites and other pathogens. and / or toxic organisms.
Written by: Maïna Gautier