European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

PRIMA - Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area

Environmental and social changes are affecting Mediterranean agro-food systems and water resources. Climate change, unsustainable agricultural practices, over-exploitation of natural resources and new lifestyle behaviours put a strain on the sustainable and healthy development of the region, with major impacts on its societies

To meet these challenges the Mediterranean area faces, the PRIMA initiative was launched on the basis of Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) to develop joint solutions through research and innovation.


The "general objectives of PRIMA are to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems upstream." (Article 2, Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the participation of the Union in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) jointly undertaken by several Member States, 18/7/2017).