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Transforming Unsustainable management of soils in key agricultural systems in EU and China. Developing an integrated platform of alternatives to reverse soil degradation.

Objective

TUdi is conceived as a transformative project, integrating 15 academic and SME partners, to develop, upscale and disseminate soil restoring strategies in three major agricultural systems (cereal based rotations, tree crops and grasslands), different farm typologies and environmental conditions in Europe, China and New Zealand. Aimed to lead the way in improving soil health across EU, China and New Zealand, it rests on two pillars: 1) a network of 42 cooperating stakeholder organisations for defining, implementing and upscaling soil restoring strategies in multiple farms; b) a network of 66 long-term experiments and monitored farms in the participating countries. From them, TUdi will identify soil degradation situations, proven strategies for restoring soil health, and barriers and possibilities for its adoption at farm level, including gender dimensions. This bottom-up approach will develop a set of digital tools, compatible with platforms for optimizing CAP implementation in Europe, to predict the impact of these strategies on nutrient and water balance, yield, cost-benefit and farm operations. They will guide farmers in implementing strategies to restore soil health by overcoming barriers for adoption, with rigorous cost-benefit analyses central to farmer appraisal. Solutions will be scaled up over a large number of farms through partners engaged in the cooperators network, including training of stakeholders, developing technical materials and elaborating policy briefs. It will be complemented by communicating project challenges and results to society, raising awareness of the relevance of healthy soils for sustainable development. Providing a blueprint for development and dissemination of soil restoring strategies at large scale, it will contribute to key initiatives like the EU and China Research Agenda for Agriculture and EU Mission on Soil Heath and Food. Training farmers, staff and early career scientists in sustainable soil use will result in lasting legacy.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 150 868,14

Participants (14)

AGRARTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 292 601,75
Address
Brunszvik Street 2
2462 Martonvasar
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGRISAT IBERIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 199 818,19
Address
Avenida Primera 18
02007 Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BEIJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Tsinghua East Road 35 Haidian District
100083 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Xinjiekou Wai Street 19
100875 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 665 982,50
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Yuanmingyuan Xilu 2 Haidian District
100193 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 671 989,78
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
New Zealand
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Corner Of Springs And Ellesmere Junction Road
8150 Canterbury
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEW BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 439 750
Address
Ulica Montevideo 21
1635 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORTHWEST A&F UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Taicheng Road 3
712100 Yangling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Taibai North Road 229
710069 Xi An Shaanxi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PENSOFT PUBLISHERS
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 307 215,91
Address
Ul. Geo Milev 13A
1111 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 620 783,69
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 629 230,56
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments