Cate european Fertinnowa water management project

European H2020 project – FERTINNOWA

Le projet européen Fertinnowa (Transfert de techniques INNOvatives pour une utilisation durable de l’eau dans les cultures FERtigées) a reçu un financement du programme de recherche et d’innovation Horizon 2020 de l’Union européenne dans le cadre de la convention de subvention n° 689687.

Pôle d'expérimentation :

CATE participates during 3 years (2016-2018) in the European project FERTINNOWA, which focuses on the sustainable management of water in fertigated systems, on soilless and soil-grown crops.

The consortium consists of 23 partners (applied research centers, advisory bodies, universities, industry, SME) from 10 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, Slovenia, and South Africa). The project is coordinated by Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (Belgium).

FERTINNOWA project (H2020) was selected under the call WATER-4b-2015: Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe.


In European countries, the cultivation of fertigated crops experiences scarcity of water, and the intensity of cultivation poses significant risks to water quality. The overall objectives of the network are the provision of information and active dissemination of innovative technologies and practices for fertigation of diverse horticultural crops.

More specific objectives are:

  1. Creation of an extensive database of the innovative technologies and practices,
  2. Development of an effective knowledge exchange platform for diverse stakeholders (advisors, growers, industry, researchers, policy-makers, environmental groups etc.) of information relevant to farm management, and to regional, socio-economic and regulatory issues.

The first step in this process for CATE is to carry out interviews with tomato, strawberry and ornamental growers in Brittany about the management of their system for fertilization and irrigation (water sources management, water use efficiency and nutrient use efficiency, management of the drainage water).

The analysis and comparison of the information collected across European regions will help us to identify the most promising technologies and Best Management Practices (BMPs), which will be tested by the partners during the 2nd phase of the project.

The interviews will also help to identify existing bottlenecks, and the project will suggest solutions to close the gaps between available knowledge and growers’ practices. The thematic network will ensure large dissemination of the information and data collected, especially about BMP and most promising technologies (practice abstracts), in order to help growers implementing them.


  • Proefstation Voor De Groenteteelt (PSKW), Belgium
  • Proefcentrum Voor Sierteelt – PCS, Belgium
  • Association Provençale De Recherche et d’Experimentation Legumiere (APREL), France
  • Centro di Sperimentazione ed Assistenza Agricola (CERSAA), Italy
  • Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno (TNO), The Netherlands
  • Stichting Proeftuin Zwaagdijk (ZW), The Netherlands
  • Instituto Andaluz de Investigaciony Formacion Agraria Pesquera Alimentaria y de la Produccion Ecologica (IFAPA), Spain
  • East Malling Research (EMR), United Kingdom
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung Ev (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Centrum Doradztwa Rolniczego W Brwinowie (CDR), Poland
  • Instytut Ogrodnictwa (IO), Poland
  • Universidad de Almeria (UAL), Spain
  • The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), United Kingdom
  • Fundacion Cajamar (FC), Spain
  • Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologicas de Extremadura (CICYTEX), Spain
  • Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Spain
  • Instituto Navarro de Tecnologias e Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias SA (INTIA), Spain
  • Priva BV (PRIVA BV) BV, The Netherlands
  • Comité d’Action Technique et Economique (CATE), France
  • Kmetijsko Gozdarska Zbornika Slovenije Kmetijsko Gozdarski Zavod Maribor (CAFS), Slovenia
  • Provinciaal Proefcentrum Voor De Groenteteelt Oostvlaanderen VZW (PCG), Belgium,
  • Proefcentrum Hoogstraten (PCH), Belgium
  • Optima Agrik PTY LTD (OA), South Africa

Porteur du Projet, Partenaires et financeurs



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