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:
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.