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AGrOecOlogy for weeDs

Project description

New methodology for environmentally safer weed management

Farmers in Europe have long struggled with weeds, hindering their transition to sustainable agriculture. This is primarily due to the use of herbicides, which can pose risks to consumers and the environment. The EU-funded GOOD project aims to address this issue by developing an agroecological weed management system. The project seeks to reduce herbicide usage by farmers while enhancing efficiency, resilience, and sustainability. To achieve this, living labs will be established with the support of stakeholders. These living-labs will promote collaboration through a specialised network and facilitate the introduction and dissemination of innovative practices.

Objective

Weeds negatively affect the sustainability of EU farming systems with weed management relying to a large extent on herbicides. The reduction of herbicide use and risk has become major policy targets of Farm to Fork strategy, aiming to promote agroecology and the transition to sustainable and resilient farming systems. GOOD is a 4-year project adopting multidisciplinary approach, aspired to create and evaluate Agroecological Weed Management (AWM) systems, and demonstrate that AWM adoption enhances sustainability and resilience of cropping systems. The main ambition is to foster the agroecological transition for weed management across Europe. Living-Labs (LL) will be co-created with stakeholders and established in 6 EU pedoclimatic conditions in both annual and perennial crops to promote AWM practices in conventional, organic and mixed farming systems. The use and combination of cover crops along with several cultural practices, the use of beneficial microorganisms and digital tools will be assessed towards the agroecological manipulation and management of weeds and the increase of crop productivity and farmers’ income. The main outcomes include: (1) the creation of an Agroecological Weed Management Network (AWMN), (2) the development and combination of innovative and socioeconomically validated sustainable agroecological practices that will generate social, economic and environmental benefits through the reduction or elimination of chemical inputs and optimized use of natural resources linked to the post EU 2030 targets, (3) the digitalization of weed management, (4) the enhancement of the agricultural systems resilience without jeopardizing productivity and profitability. Successful outcomes will be promoted through dissemination and demonstration activities, and a web-Platform for the training of farmers on AWM systems, a repository on current weed management methods and herbicide use, and an AWM Toolbox to assist farmers' decision-making for AWM.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Net EU contribution
€ 535 361,25
Address
PACO DAS ESCOLAS
3004-531 Coimbra
Portugal

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Region
Continente Centro (PT) Região de Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 535 361,25

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