Working Group 4

Knowledge sharing and stakeholders’ engagement


This WG will focus on enhancing the dialogue and knowledge exchange and building capacity among all affected stakeholders and those involved in the sustainable development of saline agriculture. Raising awareness among all involved stakeholders, is critical as despite the identification of salt-tolerant crop varieties and processing halophyte meals for human consumption, saline products are not present on mainstream markets. This is caused by the complex nature of soil salinity, lack of awareness of nutritional values, lack of knowledge at both farm and consumer level;



  • Task 4.1

    Create a living map with existing initiatives on salt-affected areas to show the main hubs for research and activities on saline agriculture;

  • Task 4.2

    Co-create adaptive strategies with farmers and other stakeholders to prepare for the future;

  • Task 4.3

    Organise workshops and summer schools to promote collaboration and participatory processes to build capacity and brainstorm about new ways to integrate saline agriculture value chains;

  • Task 4.4

    Co-create future research agendas with stakeholders at local and international scales.


  • D4.1

    An interactive map with saline agriculture initiatives (M0-12,24-36);

  • D4.2

    A stakeholder workshop on adaptive strategies for the future (M24-36);

  • D4.3

    Local and international workshops, summer/winter schools with various stakeholders (M7- 12, 18-24, 30-36, 42-48);

  • D4.4

    A perspective paper with future research agenda at local and international scale (M0-6, 12-18, 24-30, 36-42).



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COST Action CA22144

Salinisation, the accumulation of water-soluble salts in the soil, is one of the major causes of soil degradation affecting 833 million hectares of land and 1.5 billion inhabitants worldwide. However, these lands can be used by applying saline agriculture, involving soil, water and salt-tolerant crop management methods.

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