Digital Agriculture Technologies for Irrigation efficiency

DATI project

The DATI project is coordinated by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per la BioEconomia and financed with 1.5 million euros within the Euro-Mediterranean, Prima 2020 program.

The objective of the project is the development of new technological solutions in the field of digital agriculture through the use of drones, satellite images, agro-meteo stations that will allow water savings of 15-20% compared to the traditional irrigation system.

Partnership: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per la BioEconomia (Italy), Faculté Pluridisciplinaire de Nador – Université Mohammed Premier (Morocco), University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal), Spanish National Research Council – Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Spain), Institut Agro-Montpellier (France), Consorzio di Bonifica 6 Toscana Sud (Italy), Ente Terre Regionali Toscane (Italy)

Project information

Location: Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Morocco

Start date: July 2021

Duration: 36 months

Budget: 1.020.180 €


of water is due to agricultural


of the world’s population is considered «poor» in term of water

The main consumer of freshwater in the southern Mediterranean area

Today climate change already has a significant impact on
water resources


Pilot Demo Farms

The systems will be developed in pilot demo farms located in five representative Mediterranean countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and Morocco.
Each case study will implement different low-cost Technology Solution, called in the project as TECH SOLUTION for crop monitoring

Innovative low-cost technologies

Wireless Sensors Networks

For agrometeorological monitoring

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Coupled with different sensors

Free satellite imagery

Free data based on the area of interest

Irrigation Systems

Precise irrigation

Decision support systems

To solve problems and in decision-making

Web interfaces

Associated with data-driven soil and plant models



Experimental season in Italy

Experimental season in Italy

In the Italian pilot site located in Alberese Terre Regionali Toscane (Tuscany), monitoring is being carried out on the performance of organic tomato and melon crops subjected to the trial on precision irrigation of the DATI project. The plants here are subjected to...

Experimental season in France

Experimental season in France

We are currently in the middle of the data acquisition season at Domaine du Chapitre. Different indicators are measured on the plots by Yulin Zhang, Cécile Peruzzaro and Pauline Faure within the framework of the DATI research project which aims to find irrigation...

Summer Research Experience

Summer Research Experience

Summer Research Experience (July-August 2022) carried out at Geosystem Research Institute (GRI) – MississippiState University (MSU) – USA. During this period a research activity based on DATI experiment’s dataset wascarried out with post-doc student with the title...



Since Thursday March 24, the ApeX-Vigne application has been available on the App Store for iOS users, thanks to the work of Guilhem Brunel, lecturer at the Institut Agro Montpellier. This publication is part of the developments carried out for the DATI project...



FIERAGRICOLA, Verona, March 2- 5 2022 - DATI PROJECT in Verona taking part in Fieragricola 2022.

The Second International Forum on Biosaline Agriculture

The Second International Forum on Biosaline Agriculture

The Second International Forum on Biosaline Agriculture, Laayoune, Morocco–Mar 29 2022Presentation of Kamal Aberkani on DATI and using irrigation on melon and tomato crops



SITEVI - Salon International des équipements et savoir-faire pour les productions viti-vinicoles, oléicoles, arboricoles et maraîchères During SITEVI in Montpellier, Léo Pichon, a new lecturer at the L'Institut Agro Montpellier, gave a talk about the ApexVigne...