Alternatives to chemical pesticides: 24 European Research Institutes undertake an ambitious roadmap

A strong demand from public authorities, agriculture professionals, and society in general, all over Europe, has spurred collaborative research in order to accelerate the agroecological transition. To face a challenge of this magnitude the joint declaration of intent “Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture” aims to rethink the way research is carried out and develop new common research and experimentation strategies, not just at a national level, but throughout the whole continent.


Organic Innovation Days 2019: now available the speaker’s presentations on research & innovation to transform our food systems

What are the research priorities and needs of the organic sector in the EU? How can we transition our food and farming sector with the help of organic and agroecological principles? What is the role of young organic farmers in the sustainability of food production? What are inspiring and innovative ideas for rural development? How can we overcome challenges with the use of innovations and technologies? How can we optimise communication and dissemination in innovation projects? 


Horizon 2020: new funds for sustainable agriculture available

The European Horizon 2020 program has made available 2 million euros for agriculture through the tender “Strengthening the European agro-ecological research and innovation ecosystem”. Topics will be research, sustainability and digitalization applicable to the agricultural world.


Excalibur: open meeting of the project

On 28 October Rome will host an Opening Project Meeting (OMP) of the EU Project H2020 “EXCALIBUR - Exploiting the multifunctional potential of belowground biodiversity in horticultural farming".  Detailed information on the project contents is available at the project link:


CORE Organic celebrates 15th Anniversary 2004-2019

CORE Organic - Coordination of European transnational research in organic and breeding systems - is an ERA-NET established in 2004. It currently includes 27 European research ministries and councils with the main objective of financing transnational research in the organic sector. By joining forces, the network supports targeted and coordinated research and innovation efforts, covering the most important challenges along the organic value chains.


Organic World Congress 2020: only a month to register as a speaker

The next Organic World Congress (# OWC2020) will be held in Rennes, France, from 21 to 27 September 2020. More than 2,000 participants are expected in what is foreseen to be a unique opportunity to meet, discuss and promote the sector. All interested parties (producers, distributors, researchers and international representatives) are invited to contribute to one or more of the six conference forums that make up the # OWC2020 program. The Forums are the following:


SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofunds Joint Call: official start of calls

The final 2019 Joint Call of SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofunds is now available.

The attached document includes all the information relating to the call: topics of the call, national contact points and national regulations.

In addition, for those interested in participating, a webinar will be held on 20 September: it will provide specific provisions for the call. All the topics related to the call will be addressed during the webinar, such as:

◦ Important conditions and requirements (participating countries, timetable, eligibility)


1st EU/North-African Conference on Organic Agriculture (EU-NACOA)

ISOFAR and INRA Morocco organize in Marrakech, on 11–12 November 2019, a conference which intends to answer the following question: “How can research contribute to bridging the current gap between Africa and Europe, with respect to organic agriculture?”


CORE ORGANIC COFUND: the 2019 Joint Call

The SusFood2 and Core Organic Cofund ERA-NET will launch a joint call for tenders involving 21 funding bodies from 18 EU and non-EU countries with an investment of 9,485,000 euros.

The announcement, which will be made public on 2 September  2019, aims to achieve progress in the organization and management of food systems with the support of the new technologies development, addressing issues related to the society’s global challenges, such as the offer to a growing population, the need to prevent food waste and the depletion of non-renewable resources.


Organic farming mitigates climate change

Long-term organically farmed soils emit 40 percent less greenhouse gases per hectare than conventionally farmed soils. The amount of emitted gas is also lower per ton of yield or - in the case of maize cultivation - equal. This is the result of a study carried out as part of the DOK long-term field experiment. The study was led by Dr Andreas Gattinger, a former FiBL researcher, who is now a professor at Giessen University. The results were recently published in the online edition of the scientific journal "Scientific Reports".



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