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In European countries, the cultivation of fertigated crops frequently suffers from a scarcity of water, and the intensity of cultivation poses significant potential risks to water quality.

The main objective of the FERTINNOWA thematic network is to create a meta-knowledge database of innovative technologies and practices for the fertigation of horticultural crops. FERTINNOWA will also build a knowledge exchange platform to evaluate existing and novel technologies (innovation potential, synergies, gaps, barriers) for fertigated crops and ensure wide dissemination to all stakeholders involved of the most promising technologies and best practices.

A multi-actor integrated approach will be used through the FERTINNOWA platform which will involve various stakeholders (researchers, growers, policy-makers, industry, environmental groups etc.) at several levels including the socio-economic and regulatory level (national and European) with a special focus on the EU Water Framework Directive and Nitrate Directive. Information will be gathered at national level to feed a European benchmark study that will evaluate and compare existing technologies used at various horticulture sectors, including vegetables, fruit and ornamentals in different climate zones.

All tools, databases and other resources generated will be shared within the consortium and the stakeholders’ group and will be made available to the broader scientific community, policy-makers, the industry and the public at large. FERTINNOWA will help the growers to implement innovative technologies in order to optimize water and nutrient use efficiency thus reducing the environmental impact.

Expected results

Close the gap between knowledge and growers with regards to fertigated crops through the gathering of knowledge, state-of-the-art, and innovative solutions, sharing of this knowledge, best technologies and practices, and the continuous involvement of the growers
Support to action: including water reuse and recycling, water and waste-water treatment with recovery of resources, water governance, and decision support systems and monitoring
Harmonise horticulture with essential natural resources on which farming depends and ameliorate the management of natural resources – in line with environmental requirements – to increase horticultural productivity and output sustainability
Increase the application of water-related solutions and validation of at least 8 innovative technologies and best practices which will result in the further development of sustainable water solutions for fertigated crops
Showcase of relevant exchanged technologies by consortium partners to local growers during field visits
Provide growers with effective informative and dissemination tools in the different languages on how to implement and use the appointed technologies.

For more information visit http://www.fertinnowa.com/  

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 689687. This communication only reflects the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

 

OK-Net Arable project has launched a survey to get better insight in which sources and tools organic farm advisers use to gather information, and to exchange knowledge with farmers. The results of the survey will help to identify among the huge variety of already existing advisory materials which ones work the best and how they can best be disseminated.

The survey is particularly targeted at farm advisers having experience with arable cropping.
To answer the survey please click here.

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OK-Net Arable for more knowledge exchange in organic farming

The complexity of organic farming requires farmers to have a very high level of knowledge and skills. But exchange on organic farming techniques remains limited. The OK-Net Arable project aims to facilitate co-creation of knowledge by farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe.

OK-Net Arable is coordinated by IFOAM EU and involves 17 partners from 13 countries all over Europe. The project is financed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s main funding instrument for research and innovation. OK-Net Arable is one of the first four so-called thematic networks funded under the umbrella of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). This EU policy instrument aims to foster innovation by connecting farmers and researchers.

OK-Net Arable has three objectives:
1) The project will synthesize the scientific and practical knowledge available about organic arable farming and identify the best methodologies for exchanging this knowledge. Based on this easily understandable advisory material will be developed.
2) It will create a European network of farmers to exchange experiences and discuss the advisory material developed by the project.
3) Finally, the project will create an online platform offering evidence-based advisory material as well as facilitating farmer-to-farmer learning. This platform will be a virtual meeting place for farmers, advisers and researchers that would otherwise not be able to meet.

OK-Net Arable takes a very innovative approach in that in all stages of the project, farmers play a prominent role. Much more than being asked for advice, farmers contribute to a process of co-creation of knowledge throughout the project.

Context of the project
Organic farming in the EU has recorded substantial growth over the last decade, both in terms of production and market demand. The organic area in the EU has almost doubled since 2004; 5.7% of EU agricultural land is now under organic management. Organic farming is a productive form of agriculture which combines food production with care for the environment.

However, concerns have been raised whether organic farming is also productive enough. On average, organic yields are 20-25% lower than yields of conventional farms. In addition, organic yields vary a lot compared to yields in conventional farming. This is often due to the level of knowledge of the farmer. Evidence shows that the more experienced the farmer is, the smaller the yield difference with conventional farms.

Indeed, organic agriculture works as a complex system which requires a very high level of knowledge. But knowledge exchange between organic farmers and technicians remains limited. Also the knowledge gap between organic farmers across the EU is considerable. By promoting co-creation and exchange of knowledge, the OK-Net Arable project therefore has significant potential to increase productivity in organic farming.

OK-Net Arable uses a web-based platform to promote exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists. It is possible to do cross-language search in English, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian. The platform is aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe. Search in OK-Net Arable tool database!

 

For more information please contact:
Bram Moeskops, +32 (0)2 416 27 61 / +32 (0)487 90 59 35, bram.moeskops@ifoam-eu.org
Or visit www.ok-net-arable.eu

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 652654. This communication only reflects the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

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OK-Net Arable has launched a survey to get better insight in which sources and tools organic farm advisers use to gather information, and to exchange knowledge with farmers. The results of the survey will help to identify among the huge variety of already existing advisory materials which ones work the best and how they can best be disseminated.

The survey is particularly targeted at farm advisers having experience with arable cropping.
To answer the survey please click here