On Thursday 25 February 2016 MCAST launched a new project entitled ‘Fostering Water-Agriculture Research and Innovation in Malta’ (FOWARIM). The KickOff event was held at Hotel Le Meridian in St Julians.
FOWARIM aims to enhance and embolden the research capacity of MCAST’s Water Research and Training Centre. A 3-year €960,125 project, FOWARIM is 100% funded by the Horizon 2020 Twinning Program. This project is very important considering Malta’s worsening water scarcity and the crucial role agriculture can have in ameliorating this situation.
The major objectives of this project are the strengthening of collaboration between partners, training of personnel to develop excellent research, create new lines of research, publish peer-reviewed papers, extend the partnership of research Institutions and provide solutions to stakeholders that stand to benefit from this project.
The project aims to tackle the following themes that are crucial for the existence of Maltese agriculture namely (a) Decreasing Water Demand, (b) Making Use of Alternative Sources of Water (c) Renewable Desalinization, On-Farm Desalinization and Utilization of Saline Water and (d) Decreasing Negative Environmental Externalities Caused by Nutrient-Rich Farm Waters.