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Embedding crop diversity and networking for local high quality food systems

Objective

DIVERSIFOOD will evaluate and enrich the diversity of cultivated plants within diverse agroecosystems so as to increase their performance, resilience, quality and use through a multi-actor approach. By integrating existing experienced networks and using specific and relevant cases across Europe the project will strengthen “food culture” to improve economic viability of local chains resulting in a greater diversity of produce with a cultural identity. Thanks to the composition of its consortium, DIVERSIFOOD will cover the whole food chain from genetic resources to marketing, connecting and amplifying local existing actions. It will design specific concepts and methodologies for combining in situ experiments to ensure performance and quality. It will evaluate the genetic resources of a dozen underutilized and forgotten plant species for organic and low-input agriculture or marginal/specific conditions, including the association of various underutilized legumes with several cereals, and create new diversity by innovative breeding methods designed for more intra-crop variation. It will help to facilitate cooperation between participatory research networks and professional breeders as well as policy makers in connecting formal and informal seed systems in Europe in relation to international negotiations on Farmers’ rights with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Key-lessons based on the diverse experiences in the project will be shared to support on-farm seed production networks to guarantee high quality seed. DIVERSIFOOD will demonstrate the socio-economic value of on-farm seed systems, help at local and wider policy levels to increase food and environmental awareness, and improve multi-actor approaches to embed healthy and tasty local products in regional food chains. Demonstration and dissemination will take place at all stages, in collaboration with network organizations for a greater impact.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 509 708

Participants (22)

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 266 977,50
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING LOUIS BOLK INSTITUUT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Kosterijland 3
3981 AJ Bunnik
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 160 006,25
Address
Rua Da Misericordia, Lagar Dos Corticos
3045-093 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 993,75
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 135 520
Address
Athalassa
1417 Nicosia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 74 983,75
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA QUIMICA E BIOLOGICA - UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenida Da Republica, Estacao Agronomica Nacional
2784-505 Oeiras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 150 050
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 69 996,25
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 293 781,25
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75595 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 89 750
Address
Melczer Utca 47
1174 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
RESEAU SEMENCES PAYSANNES - ASSOCIATION POUR LA BIODIVERSITE DES SEMENCES ET PLANTS DANS LES FERMES
France
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Place Clemenceau 10
47190 Aiguillon
Activity type
Other
RETE SEMI RURALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Via Di Casignano 25
50018 Scandicci Fi
Activity type
Other
ASOCIACION RED ANDALUZA DE SEMILLAS CULTIVANDO BIODIVERSIDAD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 88 000
Address
Lugar Parque De San Jeronimo S/n, Caracola Del Cir-se
41015 Sevilla
Activity type
Other
PROSPECIERARA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Unter Bruglingen 6 Munchenstein
4052 Basel
Activity type
Other
VIELFALT ERLEBEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Obere Strasse 40
3553 Schiltern
Activity type
Other
OIKOS - OKOLOGISK NORGE

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 27 047,66
Address
Engebrets Vei 3
0275 Oslo
Activity type
Other
FORMICABLU SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Galleria Ugo Bassi 1
40121 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 260 142
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRIDTJOF NANSEN STIFTELSEN PA POLHOGDA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 48 952,34
Address
Fridtjof Nansens Vei 17
1326 Lysaker
Activity type
Research Organisations