Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


MEDWATERICE  - PRIMA (2019-2023)
Verso un uso sostenibile dell’acqua nei sistemi agricoli del Mediterraneo basati sulla coltivazione del riso
prof. Marco Trevisan

In the Mediterranean basin, rice is cultivated over an area of 1,300,000 hectares. The most important rice-producing countries are Italy and Spain in Europe (72% of the EU production; 345,000 ha), and Egypt and Turkey among the extra-EU countries (almost totality of the production; 789,000 ha). Traditionally, rice is grown under continuous flooding; thus, it requires much more irrigation than non-ponded crops. On the other hand, rice is strategic for food security in some countries (Egypt), and human consumption in the whole Mediterranean is steadily increasing.