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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.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

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Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 509 708

Participants (22)

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PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 266 977,50

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

STICHTING LOUIS BOLK INSTITUUT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 160 006,25

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 149 993,75

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 135 520

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 74 983,75

INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA QUIMICA E BIOLOGICA - UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 150 050

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 69 996,25

INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 293 781,25

OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 89 750

RESEAU SEMENCES PAYSANNES - ASSOCIATION POUR LA BIODIVERSITE DES SEMENCES ET PLANTS DANS LES FERMES

France

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

RETE SEMI RURALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

ASOCIACION RED ANDALUZA DE SEMILLAS CULTIVANDO BIODIVERSIDAD

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 88 000

PROSPECIERARA

Switzerland

VIELFALT ERLEBEN GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

OIKOS - OKOLOGISK NORGE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 27 047,66

FORMICABLU SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 142

FRIDTJOF NANSEN STIFTELSEN PA POLHOGDA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 48 952,34

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 633571

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 107 405,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 429 908,75

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

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