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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/fertility
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-RUR-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

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)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 000
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RETE SEMI RURALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 199 050
Address
Via Di Casignano 25
50018 Scandicci Fi
Activity type
Other
RESEAU SEMENCES PAYSANNES - ASSOCIATION POUR LA BIODIVERSITE DES SEMENCES ET PLANTS DANS LES FERMES
France
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Place Clemenceau 10
47190 Aiguillon
Activity type
Other
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 114 750
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 109 000
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 144 375
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASOCIACION RED ANDALUZA DE SEMILLAS CULTIVANDO BIODIVERSIDAD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 126 250
Address
Lugar Parque De San Jeronimo S/n, Caracola Del Cir-se
41015 Sevilla
Activity type
Other
FORMICABLU SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 194 625
Address
Galleria Ugo Bassi 1
40121 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 121 250
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
SEGES PS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 188 500
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Other
INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 113 500
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75595 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEBRECENI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 94 375
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
4032 Debrecen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments