"Food and Water" UNIMED sub-network

The sub-network on Food and Water is an initiative by the ICAAM, University of Évora and the UNIMED (Mediterranean Universities Union) since June 2017.

Food and Water  are two cross-cutting issues of increasing importance in the Mediterranean region. In the context of agricultural production under climate change particular attention is given to the sustainable management of water, the use of innovative methodologies for monitoring and recovering degraded land areas, and the challenge of the integration of bioenergy and agro-industrial sectors in different rural contexts. Food and water are also cross-cutting for rural development, the mitigation of desertification plus socio-economic challenges such as poverty decrease in rural areas.

The main objectives of the Sub-Network are:

  • Explore international initiatives such as PRIMA in order to promote research and innovation activities relevant for the Mediterranean region
  • Gather and share information directly from the main actors in the sector, in the whole Mediterranean region and contribute to the creation of a dedicated database.
  • Carry out joint studies, applied research and produce research papers on the issue.
  • Encourage the dialogue and the mutual exchange of information in order to create new networks, partnerships and develop joint projects.
  • Organize international events to improve the flow of knowledge and exchanging experiences between researchers and scholars;
  • Promote the exchange of students and faculty at master’s and doctorate level, through the creation of curricula and joint supervision of courses as well as seminars

Until the moment, 24 Universities from the Mediterranean expressed interest to make part of the sub-network and engage then a partnership. They are from 10 different countries: Algeria (2), Cyprus (1), Egypt (1), Italy (10), Jordan (1), Palestine (3), Portugal (2), Spain (2), Tunisia (1) and Turkey (1). We expect the richness and diversity of the group will contribute to a successful partnership, with true and conspicuous outputs, outcomes and co-construction which can also improve real situations.

The interdisciplinary group (from the areas of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Natural Sciences, Soil Sciences, Hydrology, Geology, Bio-technology, Economics, Geography, Demography, Sociology and Anthropology, Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing, Spatial Planning) is composed by:

  • BBBS Lab, Scientometry Laboratory,  University of Bejaia, Algeria 


  • Faculty of Applied Sciences, Kasdi Merbah Ouargla University, Algeria


  • Nireas-IWRC, International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus, Cyprus 



  • VICCS, Venice Centre for Climate Studies,  Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy  http://www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=172748
  • Florence University of the Arts, Italy


  • Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia, Italy


  • Centre for Conservation and Evaluation of Plant Biodiversity, University of Sassari, Italy


  • Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy


  • Faculty of Bioscience and Technology for Food Agriculture and Environment, University of Teramo, Italy


  • Nutrition Department, University of Petra, Jordan


  • WESI, Water and Environmental Studies Institute, An-Najah National University, Palestine


  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Palestine Technical University –Kadoorie (PTUK), Palestine


  • ICAAM, Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Evora, Portugal


  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science, Institute of Research in Nutrition and Food Safety, University of Barcelona, Spain



  • Tunisian National Institute of Agronomy, Tunisia


  • Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Turkey