of the FrontAg Nexus project
#hydroponic; #urbanfarming; #soilless; #pesticidefree
#aquaponics; #aquaponicssystem; #tilapia; #catfish
#insectfarming; #insectfarm; #bsf; #zerowaste; #fishfeed
#vermicompost; #compost; #composting
#agriphotovoltaic; #Agrophotovoltaic; #agripv; #solar
Agri-food technologies & expected results
FrontAg Nexus delineates socio-innovative adaptation experiments (i.e., demonstration cases). FrontAg Nexus plans for 10+ demonstration cases in 6 countries: Italy, Israel, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, and Türkiye. Depending on the most severe WEFE Nexus constraints, Mediterranean partners select one or several frontier agri-food technologies with varying degrees of complexity as innovation actions and develop best-fit prototypes and proof of concepts that are climate-smart and minimize the pressure on water, land, energy, and biodiversity. In doing so, frontier agricultural innovations will be suitable for rural and urban contexts (e.g., roof top gardening) and could be exercised by both experienced and novice farmers (e.g., young adults or refugees).
FrontAg Nexus is targeting farming-based stakeholders, including refugees, women and young adults, start-ups, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as cooperatives within the supply and value chains related to frontier agriculture – not to forget renewable energy practitioners and policy makers.
Frontier agricultural technologies such as hydroponics, aquaponics, insect farming, vermiculture, and agri-photovoltaic can sustainably expand the frontiers of current agri-food production in the Mediterranean Region. For instance, hydroponics, aquaponics, or insect farming leverage scarce resources, because they require limited arable land, water, energy, wealth, and reduce waste. Thus, frontier agriculture contributes to improve livelihoods, including food and nutrition security (FNS), job creation, entrepreneurship, skill enhancement, and will reduce the pressure on WEFE resources. Frontier agriculture is equally suitable for rural and urban contexts and could be exercised by both experienced and novice farmers. Frontier agricultural technologies can be combined in a modular fashion to simultaneously address multiple challenges related to the WEFE Nexus. Frontier agriculture is a ‘multi-solving’ approach, in other words multiple challenges can be addressed with a single investment of time and money. The multi-solving approach has great relevance in this era of complex, interlinked, social, and environmental challenges as reflected by the thrive for a sustainable WEFE Nexus
Frontier agricultural technologies can sustainably expand the frontiers of current agri-food production in the Mediterranean Region
Frontier agriculture is a ‘multi-solving’ approach, in other words multiple challenges can be addressed with a single investment of time and money.