CASE STUDY 9
The Region of Southern Sardinia, Italy.
Water scarcity has always been a crucial issue in this region and climate change projections forecast an increase of the average temperature, with longer hot and dry periods, alternated by short but intense rainfall events.
As increasing air temperatures and more erratic rainfall with increasing land degradation are projected for Sardinia and the Mediterranean Region, ARSINOE will apply an innovative use of water, for rainfed extensive crops, coupled with a sustainable land, in order to increase yields and stabilize staple food production in local food chains. Due to its agronomic and economic importance in Sardinia and the Mediterranean region, ARSINOE will focus on durum wheat and its correlated local chains for bread and pasta production.
ARSINOE innovation will enable strengthening local food infrastructure such as storage and food processing systems. The approach aims to decrease the durum wheat import flow from overseas countries, reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to transport, and applying irrigations systems totally based on clean energy.