Turning climate info into added value

Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat food systems (MED-GOLD)

MED-GOLD is a four-year research and innovation project funded by Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The project is led by ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) and the project partnership includes other 16 European and international research centres and private companies.

The MED-GOLD project will demonstrate the proof-of-concept for climate services in agriculture by developing case studies for three staples of the Mediterranean food system: grape, olive and durum wheat. Agriculture is primarily driven by weather and climate, and future climatic conditions will further increase its vulnerability to crop failure and pest damage. Nowhere in the globe will this have consequences as dramatic as in the Mediterranean Basin — a hot spot of global change where higher than average projected climate change threatens an extremely rich and intertwined biological and cultural diversity, and will increase its vulnerability to natural hazards including biological invasions.

The challenge for this region is how to increase the resilience of this complex ecological, economic, and cultural heritage of global relevance in an era of decreasing resources and climate change.