CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN
CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems

CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems

Objective

Organic/low input cereal food systems in the EU are emerging in answer to the sustainability crisis of the conventional agri-food sector. “Alternative” systems are based on local, decentralized approaches to production and processing, regard to quality and health, and short supply chains for products with strong local identities. Diversity is deeply embedded in these food systems, from the agro-biodiversity grown in farmers’ fields, which improves resilience and adaptation, to diverse approaches, contexts and actors in food manufacturing and marketing. Diversity thus becomes a cross-sectoral issue, underlying innovations in the agronomic, processing, and marketing phases which respond to consumers’ demand for healthy products. CERERE’s objective is to foster and speed up these innovations to strengthen the economic, social and environmental sustainability of these cereal food systems, consolidate links among practitioners and with researchers, further enhance the resilience of agro-ecosystems and make the overall sector more competitive and better recognized by society. By creating a multi-actor network of researchers and communities of practice, by adopting a bottom-up approach, and by liaising with EIP-AGRI Operational Groups, CERERE will synthesize, share and disseminate existing best practices, research results and co-innovative solutions in organic/low-input cereal food systems, focusing particularly on agro-biodiversity and the associated values of quality and health. Through its activities and training products, CERERE will address the key issues and most urgent needs of these systems: availability/ management of adapted germplasm, use of rotations, soil fertility, weed competitiveness and crop protection strategies, quality-oriented processing techniques, alternative marketing schemes. For each of these, CERERE will identify opportunities for better integrating science and practice, paving the way for more dynamic interactions between the two domains.
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

Address

Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
Rg6 6ah Reading

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 286 875

Participants (12)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 115 000

RETE SEMI RURALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 199 050

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

France

EU Contribution

€ 190 000

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 114 750

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 109 000

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 144 375

ASOCIACION RED ANDALUZA DE SEMILLAS CULTIVANDO BIODIVERSIDAD

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 126 250

FORMICABLU SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 194 625

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 121 250

SEGES PS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 188 500

INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 113 500

DEBRECENI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 94 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727848

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.2.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 997 550

  • EU contribution

    € 1 997 550

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom