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Co-design of novel contract models for innovative agri-environmental-climate measures and for valorisation of environmental public goods

Project description

New contract-based guidelines for agriculture

Agriculture may have positive effects on the environment if modern contract-based guidelines are followed. To ensure this is the case, new farmers should be motivated with economic incentives to align their production to environmental policies. The EU-funded Contracts2.0 project aims to ameliorate existing contracts in the farming industry and propose new ones based on synergies. It will adopt a six-step design thinking process to propose and validate novel contracts. The project will implement a SWOT analysis based on actual results, land possession and value chain approaches to identify weaknesses, as well as eventual opportunities and dangers.


The overall objective of Contracts2.0 is to develop novel contract-based approaches to incentivise farmers for the increased provision of environmental public goods along with private goods using result-based, collective, land tenure and value chain approaches. Newly developed contract-based approaches are environmentally more effective, economically viable for farmers and support the longevity of contractual arrangements. Moreover, they enlarge farmers’ entrepreneurial freedom and responsibility, and are better adapted to the relevant temporal and spatial scales of specific environmental goods. Contracts2.0 improves existing and designs new contracts in rural areas to realise synergies on the ground: Therefore, Contracts2.0 adapts a Design Thinking process using a six-step iterative process of analytical and creative steps to design and test novel contracts. Further, Contracts2.0 describes novel contract design principles as well as policy guidelines to provide facilitating policy framework. Contracts2.0 activates the experience of 11 existing innovation initiatives and 13 action partners around Europe as a basis for the novel contracts. The initiatices are involved in all steps of the project and i) are pivotal in our analysis of existing initiatives in our 'innovation labs', ii) support experimental testing of novel contract features, and iii) test novel models on the ground. Contracts2.0 provides: An inventory and SWOT analysis of existing result-based, collective, land tenure and value chain approaches; a catalogue of factors facilitating and hindering existing approaches; a set of novel contract design principles; a guideline for policy framework fostering contract-based approaches and the development of appropriate agri-environmental-climate policies; a set of tailor made communication and dissemination materials for target audiences, and new cooperation and innovation networks for ongoing improvement of rural development policies and instruments.

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€ 628 422,50
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Research Organisations
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