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Projekttitel Europaweite landwirtschaftliche Weiterbildung für erfahrene Bioberatungspersonen
Offizielles Akronym EATorganic
Offizielle Projektnummer LLP 1381600FA815F602
FiBL-Projektnummer 55191
Abstract

Protein production and protein amount and quality in the feed ration are major issues for organic production in Europe.

The aim of this European partnership is to establish an experience sharing group, where senior organic advisers can meet and share knowledge and experiences about on-farm protein management – from cropping to feeding. Results of new research and develop-ment projects as well as the participants experience will lead to new ideas and solutions within this topic.

Detaillierte Projektbeschreibung

In all countries participating in the project, there is an essential lack of "home grown protein"  for feeding animals. All of them are importing thousands of tons of soy beans or soy bean products per year from the world market.

Consumers of organic food are expecting that as much feed as possible is grown by the farm itself, or at least in the region. Imports from overseas are criticized, due to the fact that there are severe doubts that they are grown in a sustainable way.

A lot of scientific work about how to grow proteins is done in the different countries, but the exchange of information and experience has to be improved. At a first meeting in Sweden, the "International Workshop for Experienced Organic Advisers: On Farm Protein Sources - Cropping and Feeding", held on 18-19th of June 2012, it was shown that the problems and questions in the participating countries are quite similar.

In all the countries trials exist to find out how to grow soy beans (in the southern countries) or alternatives to soy beans (Lupines, peas, beans...) in the north. The knowledge transfer will lead to more efficiency in finding solutions. All the partners are active in the field of advising/education. They take responsibility in sharing the knowledge they gained with other organizations dealing with organic agriculture education in their respective countries. By improving the amount of "home grown protein" and developing corresponding feeding strategies, the sustainability of organic agriculture in participating countries will be improved.

Objectives

  • Sharing of knowledge and experience about on-farm protein management – from cropping to feeding.
  • Development of a common feeding strategy in organic agriculture
  • considering the improvement of regional grown protein and feeding techniques

Problems to be discussed

  • How can we improve protein crop yields?
  • How can feed protein quality be improved? 
  • What feeding strategy should we use? 
  • Where are the profits in cropping and feeding on-farm protein crops? 

Approaches

Meetings including farm and field visits. These meetings, which include farm and field visits, will augment the knowledge gained in 2012/2013  in Sweden, Germany, and Finland. These will take place in Denmark, Switzerland, UK and Austria.  These meetings will also:

  • Give information about the agricultural situation in the respective countries.
  • Be a venue for exchanging knowledge and coordinating projects between partners
  • Serve as a forum for discussing and developing common strategies and organic farming guide materials adapted to each country and partner's needs.
  • Organize courses in various countries to facilitate transfer of knowledge transfer to organic farmers and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain an online platform to exchange knowledge, research results, literature, results of meetings, and farmer's experiences.
Projektbeginn 01.09.2013
Projektende 31.12.2015
Finanzierung/ Donor

Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo Da Vinci Partnerships

Projektpartner
Projektleitung/ Kontakt
  • Obrist Robert (Departement für Beratung, Bildung und Kommunikation)
FiBL-Mitarbeitende
Forschungsschwerpunkte
Themen
Änderungsdatum 01.04.2016
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