B-FERST is a H2020 research project: Bio-Based fertilising products as the best practice for agricultural management sustainability
B-FERST’s main objective is to integrate the valorisation of bio-wastes in agriculture management plans creating new circular and bio-based value chains from bio-waste, municipal waste management, agri-food industries to fertiliser value chain, considering a bilateral interaction between farming and fertiliser sectors.
Partners: Fertiberia, S.A., Universidad de León, Novamont S.p.A., FCC AqualiaS.A. / FCC S.A., Drage & Mate international, S.L., FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, AgriSat Iberia S.L., Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. , AgFutura Technologies DOOEL, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and Instytut Uprawy Nawozenia I Gleboznawstwa Panstwowy Institut Badawczy.
Audit of the governance of the 'National Interprofessional Cognac Bureau' (BNIC) in partnership with EY
The BNIC represents and defends the interests of winegrowers and merchants. It develops and protects the Appellation of Controlled Origin (AOC) Cognac in France and around the world. Composed equally of professionals in viticulture and trade, the BNIC is the forum for consultation and decision. The objective of this study is to propose recommendations on how to improve the governance of the BNIC. Partners: EY and Klorobiz
Pilot project: Analysis of the best ways for producer organisations to be formed, carry out their activities and be supported for the European Commission (DG AGRI)
The overall purpose of the study for the European Commission (DG AGRI) is to provide an overview and background knowledge about recognised POs and recognised APOs in the EU and other forms of producer organisations, which are not recognised, e.g. cooperatives and other types of producer organisations. The study should further investigate which incentives producer have to create or join a recognised PO/APO or non-recognised producer organisation and whether these producer organisations can achieve (or not) benefits for the agricultural producers as well as for the food supply chain.
The results of the results are planned to be published during the second semester 2019.
Partner: Ernst & Young
Study on the implementation of the Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides for the European Parliament
The general objective of this study is to perform an evidence-based assessment of the implementation of the Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides, as a whole as well as some of its specific elements. The study will collect data and examine a series of questions that will allow the European Parliament to evaluate the progress made in attaining the objectives of the SUD legislation, as well as to establish whether it has delivered the expected benefits.
Partners: Austrian Institute for Regional Studies (OIR) and t33.
DYNAVERSITY is a three year H2020 research project on genetic resources.
Dynaversity main objective is to facilitate exchange and integration of scientific as well as practical knowledge on how to best manage diversity in agriculture and in the entire food chain, restoring evolutionary and adaptation processes. The progressive shift of farmers from local varieties to genetically uniform high-yielding varieties is a global trend coming from the last century. It has been raising concerns about the implying loss of genetic diversity, a phenomenon named as “genetic erosion”.
Two conservation strategy have been defined: ex situ and in situ. In situ implies the preservation of species outside their natural habitat, such as genebanks, where seeds or other plant material are stored, or botanical gardens and greenhouses. In situ conservation which is performed in the sites where plants developed their distinctives properties has, among others, the major advantage of capturing the evolutionary adaptation of plants exposed to changing environmental and management conditions. These strategies have however been poorly considered or applied by public authorities as such. Natural parks have rarely been involved in this discussion about in situ conservation even though many parks are working on CWR and landraces conservation.
Dynaversity also aims at analysing and describing actors involved in plant genetic conservation for agriculture in order to suggest management and governance models and to construct new forms of networking.