Water use efficiency and water productivity;
On-farm irrigation systems performance;
Large-scale irrigation systems performance and new technologies;
Use of non-conventional water resources in agriculture;
Integration and up-scaling of the above issues at the basin level;
Sustainable use and management of Mediterranean soils;
Economic aspects of Mediterranean agriculture.
Basic IPM principles and methodologies;
Preventive IPM measures: plant quarantine, pest risk analysis, certified propagating material, resistant/tolerant cultivars or graft combinations, biodiversity maintenance;
Sustainable use of pesticides and relevant regulations; applications of alternative non-chemical pest management methods; food quality and safety;
Sound management of biotic and abiotic disorders in pre- and post-harvest;
Information Technology in IPM programmes.
Developing agronomic skills related to practices and techniques of Mediterranean Organic Agriculture production and management;
Developing skills related to legislation, inspection, certification and labelling of organically-produced food and fibres;
Building capacity in socio-economic analysis and market strategy for organic agriculture;
Providing trainees with the necessary tools and expertise to assess agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.