Research and innovation in the agrifood sector and the related multidisciplinary skills will be among the core themes of Italy’s participation in Expo Dubai. The Italian Secretariat of PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) which, jointly with the Commissioner General’s Office, has planned numerous events to be held during Expo Dubai, puts the emphasis, during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, on the impact and importance of new technologies for the agrifood sector and for the protection of biodiversity
- IGUESS MED: Coordinated by CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics) with the aid of the University of Pisa, it is a project involving Spain, Tunisia and Turkey in the development of an innovative technological support system for greenhouses in the Mediterranean region
- SUREFISH: This project is coordinated by ENCO, Engineering & Consulting, together with the Department of Agriculture of the “Federico II” University of Naples, and aims to promote fishing in the Mediterranean through innovative communication and information mechanisms. The other participating countries besides Italy include Egypt, Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia
- STOP MED WASTE: Reducing or combating food wastage in the Mediterranean by extending the conservation of perishable foodstuffs. This is the goal of the project coordinated by Italy jointly with the Polytechnic University of the Marches, together with four other Euro-Mediterranean countries: Cyprus, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey
Angelo Riccaboni, President of the Fondazione PRIMA foundation, has no doubts: “It is only with new technologies that we’ll succeed in overcoming the challenges lying ahead, including feeding 9/10 billion people over the next decades and tackling issues such as climate change and the efficient use of natural resources. For a long time our sector has been backward and conservative. Today we are going through a profound revolution characterised by the use of drones, sensors, satellites and DSSs in the agricultural and food sectors”.
And Expo Dubai, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates as from October 2021, “will be a golden opportunity to reflect and debate globally on these issues. A debate to which Italy, with its scientists and experience, can certainly make a tangible contribution,” concluded Riccaboni