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Crop diversification and low-input farming across Europe: from practitioners engagement and ecosystems services to increased revenues and chain organisation

Objective

With the long-term view of increasing diversification and biodiversity in Europe and fostering sustainable development of bioeconomy, the Diverfarming consortium come together to develop and deploy innovative farming and agribusiness strategies. Diverfarming will increase the long-term resilience, sustainability and economic revenues of agriculture across the EU by assessing the real benefits and minimising the limitations, barriers and drawbacks of diversified cropping systems under low-input agronomic practices that are tailor-made to fit the unique characteristics of six EU pedoclimatic regions (Mediterranean south and north, Atlantic central, Continental, Pannonian and Boreal), and by adapting and optimising the downstream value chains organization. This approach will provide: i) increased overall land productivity; ii) more rational use of farm land and farming inputs (water, energy, machinery, fertilisers, pesticides); ii) improved delivery of ecosystem services by increments in biodiversity and soil quality; iii) proper organization of downstream value chains adapted to the new diversified cropping systems with decreased use of energy; and iv) access to new markets and reduced economy risks by adoption of new products in time and space. The diversified cropping systems will be tested in field case studies for major crops within each pedoclimatic region. In the end, Diverfarming focuses on research and innovation for rural development, with emphasis on developing new framework systems and business models adapted to the rural context of each pedoclimatic area of the EU, to foster sustainable growth through adoption of diversification, sustainable practices and efficient use of resources.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA

Address

Plaza Del Cronista Isidoro Valverde Edificio La Milagrosa
30202 Cartagena

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 443 625

Participants (24)

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CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 758 521,25

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 727 047,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 406 426,25

ASOCIACION REGIONAL DE EMPRESAS AGRICOLAS Y GANADERAS DE LA COMUNIDAD AUTONOMA DE MURCIA (ADEA-ASJA)

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 185 650

CONSORZIO CASALASCO DEL POMODORO SOCIETA AGRICOLA COOPERATIVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 329 375

ARENTO GRUPO COOPERATIVO AGROALIMENTARIO DE ARAGON S COOP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 276 262,50

BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 268 750

DISFRIMUR LOGISTICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 219 680

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 462 998,75

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 906 702,50

FIRMA NIEUW BROMO VAN TILBURG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 23 893,50

INDUSTRIAS DAVID SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 291 847,50

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 239 851,25

UNIVERSITAT TRIER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 000 302,55

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

FREY-TRESELERFREY KATHARINA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 318 852,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 78 512,70

PECSI TUDOMANYEGYETEM - UNIVERSITY OF PECS

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 344 062,50

AKA KERESKEDELMI, TERMELO ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 102 812,50

NEDEL MARKET MEZOGAZDASAGI TERMELOKERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 103 125

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 860 728,75

PAAVOLA RISTO KALERVO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 242 000

RAINIO LASSE

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 240 750

JURRIUS ANDREAS

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 167 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 728003

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 457 923,75

  • EU contribution

    € 9 999 277,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA

Spain