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Title Embedding crop diversity and networking for local high quality food systems
Title Original Embedding crop diversity and networking for local high quality food systems
Official Acronym DIVERSIFOOD
Official project number EU 633571
FiBL project number 5312101 - 5312105
Abstract

DIVERSIFOOD will evaluate and enrich the diversity of cultivated plants within diverse agroecosystems to increase their performance, resilience, quality and use through a multi-actor approach. By integrating existing experienced networks and using specific and relevant cases across Europe, the project will strengthen "food culture" to improve economic viability of local chains resulting in a greater diversity of produce with a cultural identity.

Project website

www.diversifood.eu

Detailed Description

DIVERSIFOOD will evaluate and enrich the diversity of cultivated plants within diverse agroecosystems to increase performance, resilience, quality and use through a multi-actor approach. By integrating existing experienced networks and using specific and relevant cases across Europe, the project will strengthen "food culture" to improve economic viability of local chains resulting in a greater diversity of produce with a cultural identity. Thanks to the composition of its consortium, DIVERSIFOOD will cover the whole food chain from genetic resources to marketing, connecting and amplifying local existing actions. It will design specific concepts and methodologies for combining in situ experiments to ensure performance and quality. It will evaluate the genetic resources of a dozen underutilized and forgotten plant species for organic and low-input agriculture or marginal/specific conditions, including the association of various underutilized legumes with several cereals, and create new diversity by innovative breeding methods designed for more intracrop variation. It will help to facilitate cooperation between participatory research networks and professional breeders as well as policy makers in connecting formal and informal seed systems in Europe in relation to international negotiations on Farmers’ rights with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Key lessons based on the diverse experiences in the project will be shared to support on-farm seed production networks to guarantee high-quality seed. DIVERSIFOOD will demonstrate the socio-economic value of on-farm seed systems, help at local and wider policy levels to increase food and environmental awareness, and improve multi-actor approaches to embed healthy and tasty local products in regional food chains. Demonstration and dissemination will take place at all stages, in collaboration with network organizations for a greater impact.

Project status ongoing
Start of project 01.03.2015
End of project 28.02.2019
Financing/ Donor
  • European Commission, Horizon 2020
  • State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
(Research) Programme
  • European Commission, Horizon 2020
Project partners

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique – INRA (France)
Organic Research Centre – ORC (UK)

  • Forschungsinstitut fur Biologischenlandbau Stiftung - FiBL (Switzerland)
  • Louis Bolk Instituut - LBI (The Netherlands)
  • Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra - IPC (Portugal)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna - UNIBO (Italy)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus - ARI (Cyprus)
  • Università di Pisa - UNIPI (Italy)
  • Instituti de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica - Universidade Nova de Lisboa - ITQB (Portugal)
  • Luonnonvarakeskus - LUKE (Finland)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas - CSIC (Spain)
  • Institut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique - ITAB (France)
  • Okologiai Mezogazdasagi Kutatointezet Kozhasznu Nonprofit KFT - OMKI (Hungary)
  • Réseau Semences Paysannes - Association pour la Biodiversité des Semences et Plants dans les Fermes - RSP (France)
  • Rete Semi Rurali - RSR (Italy)
  • Asociacion Red Andaluza de Semillas Cultivando Biodiversidad - RAS (Spain)
  • Prospecierara - PSR (Switzerland)
  • Arche Noah Schaugarten GMBH - ARCHE NOAH (Austria)
  • Okologisk Norge OIKOS - OIKOS (Norway)
  • Formicablu SRL (Italy)
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Lead WP 5

Project partner in WP 1, WP 2 und WP 3

Research area
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Date modified 20.07.2017
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