Use, non-use and impact of pesticides in mediterranean countries

An initial assessment on the use and impact of pesticides in NOVATERRA’s target crops, meaning olive and grapevine, in their 5 main procuring countries: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, has been established at the beginning of the project. The collected data showed substantial disparities from one country to another, making it difficult to identify a clear trend with strong arguments. In addition, region-related and time-related climate factors can alter the need for PPPs use depending on the presence of enemies, pathogens, etc. The conclusion of the report is that it would be a good idea to communicate the ongoing importance of a smart farming platform for accurate monitoring.

A higher quality and quantity of PPP use data will also be an accelerator for knowledge dissemination initiatives launched to share good farming practices. This report showed that there is a strong dynamic in this field, with projects taking various shapes at different scales, such as living labs, territorial innovation labs, conference networks, knowledge portals, decision support tools, etc., which all countries in the scope of this report are taking a part in. The richness of this ecosystem of projects, which includes NOVATERRA, is an asset which all stakeholders must capitalize on in a concerted manner in order to maximize the positive impact on the environment and human health.