Institutions, Companies, Universities, Non-profit Organizations united for a common project.


Desertification Research Centre (NRD)

The Desertification Research Centre (NRD) of the University of Sassari is an interdepartmental Centre focusing on sustainable land management in drylands and the operational secretary of DesertNet International and member of the Global Network of Dryland Research Institutes, which are accredited to the UNCCD. NRD aims to promote interdisciplinary research, networking, dissemination, awareness-raising, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and development cooperation on desertification and sustainable land and water resource management. NRD is also committed to generating new learning spaces for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and development cooperation, acting as an academic scientific organization linked to international scientific networks targeted to promote sustainable land and water resources management.


Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection

The Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) aims to develop plant phenomics to advance our understanding of plant biology and ecology, especially protective mechanisms against environmental change and the interaction of plants with other organisms (symbionts, pathogens, pests). The IPSP research activities focus on biodiversity of agro-forestry ecosystems, diagnostics for plant protection, interaction of plants with biological agents, molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating the functions of plants and associated living organisms, abiotic and biotic stresses linked to global climate change, technologies in plant protection.


Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI)

The Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI) of the University of Florence (UNIFI) includes over 125 academic staff, 60 technicians and administration personnel, 40 PhD students, 60 post doc and 50 research fellows. The main research lines of the Department are agriculture, environment, forestry, animal science, food science and technology. Research activity is supported by numerous national and international projects and strong partnerships with public and private institutions and enterprises working in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors.


International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organization focused on education and research in agriculture and natural resources management. As a key player in multilateral cooperation in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food systems, coastal and rural development, its missions revolve around four main objectives: protection of the planet by combating all forms of waste; food and nutrition security by boosting sustainable agriculture and food systems; inclusive development by investing in new generations and fragile territories; prevention of crises by managing tensions and working for the resilience of communities.


Desert Research Center

The Desert Research Center (DRC) is an Egyptian national research centre that aims to explore and study the natural resources in the Egyptian desert and to develop plans to use and protect these resources to achieve sustainable development. DRC’s research activities are concerned with the fields of groundwater, rainwater harvesting, the nature of desert lands, the desert environment, plant and animal production in arid lands, in addition to human and economic studies. The DRC ultimately aims to combat desertification and contribute to the sustainable development of the Egyptian deserts, thus ensuring the wellbeing of present and future generations.


Centre for Agro-food Economics and Development

The Centre for Agro-food Economics and Development (CREDA) is a research centre working on social and consumer sciences applied to the agro-food and rural areas. Central goals and themes of the research being conducted at CREDA include: assessment of consumer behaviour towards agricultural-based products; sustainability of food systems from a systemic perspective; sustainable and innovative use of natural resources; livelihood strategies and preferences of rural producers in the face of global change; enhanced understanding of the numerous and complex interactions between society and the local territory.


DesertNet International

DesertNet International (DNI) is a non-governmental, non-profit scientific association that encourages research into dryland development and degradation. It is accredited by the United Nation Conventions to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The aims of the Association are to encourage research and policy cooperation to support the sustainable social and economic development of drylands.


Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology

The Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens (AoA) is part of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) in Messinia, Greece. The AoA addresses global and regional atmospheric and climatological processes.


University of Cadi Ayyad

The Plant Biotechnology and Physiology team of the University of Cadi Ayyad (UCA) conducts research activities on plant interactions with environmental stress and soil microorganisms focusing on plant survival, growth and yield under drought and oligotrophic soil conditions, including with Subsurface Water Retention Technology (SWRT).


Abinsula ES

Abinsula ES is a Spanish company offering turn-key electronics and embedded software design services. Abinsula’s success is based on its continuous research and development activity, inspired by the desire to introduce innovative solutions to the market that can provide answers to current or future problems and needs.


Polytechnic University of Valencia

The Forestry Science and Technology research group – ReForest of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) has the objective of promoting technical and scientific research in a coordinated and multidisciplinary way by the integration of research groups from different knowledge areas. The lines of research are in fields of forestry and the environment, ranging from physical-chemical-biological processes in soil, atmosphere, water and plants to policy and forest governance, to the techniques of forest management and planning.


Primo Principio

Primo Principio is an Italian SME that offers digital solutions to agriculture and the rural world (around 150 customers amongst farmers, public agencies for agricultural development, universities and research centres). Primo Principio’s main activities focus R&D&I in Smart Agriculture. Primo Principio aims to promote eco-friendly innovation by designing technological tools suitable to face economic, environmental and social challenges.



“Médenine-Agro-Tech” is an agricultural services company providing soil ploughing, earthworks, supplemental irrigation, agricultural transport, and harvesting services.



WeWorld-GVC (WW-GVC) is an Italian non-profit organization operating in 25 countries, including Palestine, focused on projects concerning development cooperation and humanitarian aid.


Institut des Régions Arides

The Institut des Régions Arides (IRA) is a Tunisian national research institution focused on development of the agricultural sector, and with the protection and conservation of dryland resources.