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About the Author: Alberto Álvarez

Alberto holds the title of forestry engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) with a specialisation in forest management, during which he enjoyed an ERASMUS stay at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZ). Regarding his experience, he started working as a research and innovation consultant, specialising in proposal writing with a primary focus on EU projects. After that, he developed his career at IMDEA Materials research centre as a project manager, working in all kinds of proposals and projects (regional, national, European and USA projects), some of them as the leader coordinator. He was involved also in the technology transfer of the research lines’ different results, including patent application and software registration.

In a previous post, we have learned what the Action Plan for organic production is about, and what are its main goals and achievements. In this one, we will talk about funding opportunities for organic production.

Research and Innovation actions regarding organic farming and production

To achieve those ambitious goals, the Commission intends to expend 30% of the budget for research and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas into topics relevant to the organic sector.

This includes issues such as increased crop yields, intercropping, genetic biodiversity, lack of seeds, and alternatives to contentious products. The funds will be distributed between the following different initiatives:

  • Topics in the Horizon Europe work programmes
  • Horizon Europe partnership on agroecology
  • Future partnership on animal health and welfare
  • EU Mission “A soil deal for Europe”

In the case of Horizon Europe topics, 2024 will see a few of them included in the Pilar 6. Here there is a selection of 10 of them:

 

Topic Fecha de presentación Acción
HORIZON-CL6-2024-BIODIV-01-06: Promoting pollinator friendly farming systems 22nd February 2024 RIA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-BIODIV-01-07: Reintroduction of landscape features in intensive agricultural areas 22nd February 2024 RIA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-BIODIV-01-09: Selective breeding programme for organic aquaculture 22nd February 2024 RIA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-BIODIV-02-3-two stage: Promoting minor crops in farming systems 22nd February 2024 RIA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-FARM2FORK-01-1: Agro-pastoral/outdoor livestock systems and wildlife management 22nd February 2024 RIA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-FARM2FORK-01-2: New healthy and sustainable food products and processes 22nd February 2024 RIA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-FARM2FORK-01-3: Thematic network tackling food fraud by translating research and innovation into practice 22nd February 2024 CSA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-FARM2FORK-02-1-two stage: Increasing the availability and use of non-contentious inputs in organic farming 22nd February 2024 IA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-FARM2FORK-02-2-two stage: Sustainable organic food innovation labs: reinforcing the entire value chain 22nd February 2024 IA
HORIZON-CL6-2024-GOVERNANCE-01-10: Organic farming thematic networks to compile and share knowledge ready for practice 28th February 2024 CSA

Two Innovarum’s success cases

Innovarum has already experience with projects and proposals related to this field. We are presenting here two different success cases:

BIOFRUITNET: It was a project born under the Horizon 2020 call Rural Renaissance. The project goal was to collect and synthesize existing knowledge ready for practice focusing on organic pome, stone and citrus fruits. The idea was to widely distribute that knowledge across the EU, targeting different audiences (fruit growers, agricultural students, advisors), as well as strengthening established networks and creating a European innovation network. The project was a CSA, and it ran from November 2019 to April 2023.

ORGANICCLIMATENET: In this case, the project goal is to establish a pilot network of 250 organic farms to adapt, test, improve and implement climate and carbon farming practices through peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchanges between farmers organised in 24 hubs in 12 countries and facilitated by trained advisors. Again, the project is a CSA, and it will run from February 2024 to January 2028.

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