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FIGARO

Fullname Flexible and PrecIse IrriGation PlAtform to Improve FaRm Scale Water PrOductivity
Funding Source EC
Programme FP7
Total Cost 8 037K€
Start Date 01/10/2012
Duration 48 months
Status Completed
Coordinator NETAFIM LTD
Contact Person Lior Doron
Telephone Number +972 4 6287458
Website

Project abstract

The objective of the FIGARO project is to significantly reduce the use of fresh water on farm level through developing a cost-effective, precision irrigation management platform. The platform will be structured for data acquisition from monitoring devices and forecasting tools, data interpretation, system control, and evaluation mechanisms enabling full decision support for end users at farm scale. These tools will be integrated with multiple state-of-the-art irrigation technologies and strategies as well as newly adapted devices leading to further increased water productivity. The flexibility, cost-effectiveness, ease of use, minimal maintenance of the system and often, increases in crop yield, will boost its acceptance and up-take by the end-users (the farmers, extension workers). In addition, as added value the system will enable reduction of fertilizer use, further supporting sustainable use of natural resources and adaptation of agricultural practice to climate change. To achieve this, the FIGARO project will develop a holistic and structured precision irrigation platform which will offer farmers flexible, crop-tailored irrigation scheduling protocols for their specific fields taking into account spatial variability management.

List of partner organisations

NETAFIM LTD, Israel
Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
Hydrologic Research BV, The Netherlands
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
C-TECH Innovation Limited, The United Kingdom
Eden Irrigation Consultancy Limited, The United Kingdom
Hidromod Modelacao em Engenharia LDA, Portugal
Thomsen Anton Gaarde, Denmark
Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
Alma Mater Studiorum-Universita di Bologna, Italy
Consorzio di bonifica di secondo grado per il Canale emiliano romagnolo, Italy
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Perifereiaki Enosi Dimpn Anatolikis Makedonias Thrakis, Greece
Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO, Italy
AGORA P.S.V.D., Israel
OREV APS, Denmark