A list and a short description of most of agro-food-related thematic networks in Horizon 2020. In more than 80% of all agro-food-related thematic networks you can contact EUFRAS members.

Overview over Erasmus+ projects related to agriculture can be found here!

 Headline Project   Description  Duration
Soils     iSQAPER Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience. Knowledge regarding the complex interplay between agricultural land use and management and soil quality and function is fragmented and incomplete, in particular with regard to underlying principles and regulating mechanisms. The main aim of iSQAPER is to develop an interactive soil quality assessment tool (SQAPP) for agricultural land users that integrates newly derived process understanding and accounts for the impact of agricultural land use and management on soil properties and functions, and related ecosystem services.  05/2015-04/2020
 LANDMARK LANDMARK aims to open up the soils of Europe and assess farm practices and policies that optimise the delivery of food and other ecosystem services; and also to bring together all the knowledge on land management from European farmers, advisors, scientists and policy makers.  05/2015-10/2019
SOILCARE If European crop production is to remain competitive while reducing environmental impacts, then the development and uptake of effective soil-improving cropping systems is required. The overall aim of SoilCare is to identify and evaluate promising soil improving cropping systems and agronomic techniques increasing profitability and sustainability across scales in Europe. 03/2016-02/2021
DiverIMPACTS The overall goal of DiverIMPACTS - Diversification through Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple Cropping, Promoted with Actors and value-Chains towards Sustainability - is to achieve the full potential of diversification of cropping systems for improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains. 06/2017-05/2022
BEST4SOILS The BEST4SOIL project will build a community of practice network across Europe by inter-connecting growers, advisers, educators and researchers. Through this network, knowledge ready for practice on 4 best practices for the control of soilborne diseases (compost/organic amendments; green manures/cover crops; anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD); and (bio)solarisation) will be promoted. 10/2018-09/2021

 

 

 

Organic farming

 

 

 

OK-Net Arable

 

The overall aim of the thematic network ‘OK-Net Arable’ is to improve the exchange of innovative and traditional knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe, in order to satisfy future market demand. 

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Water, nutrients and waste

 

 

 

 

FERTINNOWA

In European countries, the cultivation of fertigated crops experience scarcity of water, and the intensity of cultivation poses significant risks to water quality. The main objective of the FERTINNOWA thematic network is to create a meta-knowledge database on innovative technologies and practices for fertigation of horticultural crops. 

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 FAIRWAY

The objective of FAIRWAY is to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.  06/2017-05/2021
WATERPROTECT High-quality, safe, and sufficient drinking water is essential for life: we use it for drinking, food preparation and cleaning. Agriculture is the biggest source of pesticides and nitrate pollution in European fresh waters. The overarching objective of WATERPROTECT is to contribute to effective uptake and realisation of management practices and mitigation measures to protect drinking water resources. 06/2017-05/2020
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agricultural innovantion / networks

 

 

 

 AgriSpin

The project name reflects the overall aim of this project: to strengthen support systems in creating space for innovating farmers. Innovative farmers are everywhere, but their environment determines the rate of success. The project aims to create more space for innovations, through amplifying good examples of innovation support systems and through multi-actor learning about ways to stimulate innovation and remove obstacles.

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PROIntensAfrica 

 

PROIntensAfrica intends to develop a proposal for a long term research and innovation partnership between Europe and Africa, focusing on the improvement of the food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of African farmers by exploring and exploiting the diversity of pathways to sustainable intensification of African agro-food systems.   

 

 

HIPSTER

 

Deployment of High Pressure and Temperature Food Processing for Sustainable, Safe and Nutritious Food With Fresh-Like Quality. 

 

 

 

Ask Valerie

Valerie is a EU FP7 project which is coming to a close. It has developed as one of its deliverables a virtual adviser portal supported by a huge compendium of fact sheets and scientific publications. The portal can be accessed through  the soon to be launched Ask Valerie portal.  

 

 

 

ReMIX

ReMIX is a H2020 multi-actor project that will allow designing cropping systems based on agro-ecology for the benefit of farmers and the whole EU agricultural community. ReMIX will exploit the benefits of species mixtures to design more diversified and resilient agro-ecological arable cropping systems. Based on a multi-actor approach, ReMIX will produce new knowledge that is both scientifically credible and socially valuable in conventional and organic agriculture.  

 

 

LEGVALUE

Participatory project, open to the engagement of stakeholders in the pulse and legume industry in Europe. The objectives of LEGVALUE are; to define platforms for change that can help deliver greater EU self-sufficiency in vegetable protein production; to identify opportunities for innovation, adding value to markets and all participants in the value chains and; to recognise opportunities to influence change, be they at commercial, research or at policy level.  
AFINET

Agroforestry is a type of climate-smart agriculture practice of deliberately integrating woody vegetation (trees or shrubs) with crop and/or animal systems to benefit from the resulting ecological and economic interactions.

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CERERE

CERERE aims at sustaining and promoting innovative approaches emerging in Europe from a multitude of practices adopted to introduce and manage agrobiodiversity in cereal production. These innovations are rooted in local traditions, knowledge and food culture.

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Inno4grass

Inno4Grass is the acronym for „Shared Innovation Space for Sustainable Productivity of Grasslands in Europe”, an international and multi-actor project gathering prominent farmers‘ organizations, extension services, education and research institutions from eight EU countries in which grasslands have a considerable share in the agricultural area and where production of dairy, beef and sheep is of major economic imprortance.

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SKIN

SKIN is an ambitious initiative in the domain of Short Food Supply Chain, which aims to systematize the existing knowledge, fostering demand-driven innovation, building long-term collaboration among European farmers and cooperatives, facilitate stakeholders engagement and promote innovation through demand-driven research in the short food supply chain domain.

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PLAID

The PLAID project (Peer-to-peer Learning: Accessing Innovation through Demonstration) is an European Union funded project under Horizon 2020, starting in January 2017 and running until July 2019. The project has been designed to encourage farmers and farm employees to embrace innovations in agriculture, leading to a greater sustainability of European Agriculture, by accessing high quality demonstration activities on commercial farms.

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HENNOVATION

Using the laying hen sector as a case study, the Hennovation project demonstrated the potential of innovation led by farmers and industry practices in two areas of concern, Injurious Pecking and End-of-Lay, during transport and at the abattoir. 

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NEFERTITI NEFERTITI is a unique project that establishes 10 interactive thematic networks and bring together 45 regional clusters (hubs) of demo-farmers and the involved actors (advisors, NGOs, industry, education, researchers and policy makers) in 17 countries. NEFERTITI focuses on creating added value from the exchange of knowledge, actors, farmers and technical content over the networks in order to boost innovation uptake, to improve peer to peer learning and network connectivity between farms actors across Europe, thus contributing to a more competitive, sustainable and climate-smart agriculture.   
NEWBIE The NEWBIE Network (New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture) has been designed to address the significant challenge of enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses in Europe. The NEWBIE network will facilitate the development and dissemination of new business models, including new entry models, to the full range of new entrants - from successors to complete newcomers to the agricultural sector.   

 

 

 

 

 

Biomass /bioressources/agricultural waste/bioenergy

 

 CommBeBiz

Communicate and Bridge BioEconomy Resear ch to Business The overall objective of the CommBeBiz project is to contribute to the improvement of sustainable living conditions through the most effective and responsible use of our biological resources.  

 

 

GreenGain

The aim of greenGain is to strengthen the energy use of regional and local biomass from the maintenance of areas and landscape elements, which is performed in the public interest. The scope of the biomass used, will be any material predominantly produced from nature conservation and landscape management, but not from energy-crops.   

 

 

AGRIFORVALOR

AGRIFORVALOR will close the research and innovation divide by connecting practitioners from agriculture and forestry with research and academia as well as with associations and clusters, bio - industry, policy makers; business support organisations, innovation agencies and technology transfer intermediaries in multi-actor innovation partnership networks in order to valorize and exploit sidestream biomass resources from agriculture and forestry. 

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PANACEA

A thematic network to design the penetration PAth of Non-food Agricultural Crops into European Agriculture. PANACEA aims to set up a thematic network to foster the effective exchange between research, industry and the farming community so that direct applicable solutions are widely disseminated and grassroots-level needs and innovative ideas thoroughly captured in order to design the penetration path of NFC into European agriculture.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agricultural management

 

 

Baltic Slurry Acidification

The aim of the project is to reduce nitrogen losses from livestock production by promoting the use of slurry acidification techniques in the Baltic Sea Region and thus to mitigate eutrophication of the Baltic Sea waters. 

   

 

 

SmartAKIS

SmartAKIS is an H2020 project which has rapidly gathered a very useful database of digital technologies  related to the agriculture sector. The database is heavily populated with potential solutions to lots of agronomic, environmental and supply chain issues aimed at farmers, advisers, researchers and  ICT professionals. You should register and see what’s there and submit your own technology adding to the 1,200 technologies already entered on the database.

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IWMPRAISE

Integrated weed management (IWM) is the way to go for sustainable and resilient agriculture. IWMPRAISE is a Horizon 2020 project that will support and promote the implementation of IWM in Europe. The project aims to demonstrate that IWM supports more sustainable cropping systems that are resilient to external impacts and do not jeopardise profitability or the steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials.  

 

 

EUFRUIT

 

 

Through a multi-actor approach, EUFRUIT aims to improve the implementation of research outcomes into practical and applicable knowledge that will directly benefit the European fruit sector. 

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Agridemo F2F

The overall aim of AgriDemo-F2F is to enhance peer-to-peer learning within the commercial farming community. The project will utilize the experience of different actors and involve practitioner partners throughout the project to deepen understanding of effective on farm demonstration activities (multi-actor approach).

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The HNV-Link Project

HNV-Link creates a community of practice and knowledge by linking 10 areas throughout the European Union where HNV farming systems are prevalent. These “learning areas” are used to evaluate innovation examples and gaps relevant to HNV systems. Innovation types include technical, commercial, social, institutional, and of policy.

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Animal husbandry   

 

 

4D4F – Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers

The 4D4F thematic network is a consortium of 15 partners from 9 European countries working together to promote the use on new sensor technologies to facilitate improved decision making on European dairy farms. The project improves productivity, animal welfare and the uptake of digital technologies in the farming community. The sensor technologies that are available to dairy farmers are really exciting. They go on, in and near animals and monitor their wellbeing and behaviour. 

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EURODairy

EuroDairy is a new international network to increase the economic, social and environmental sustainability of dairy farming in Europe, at a time of unprecedented challenge for the sector. The project adopts the interactive model of the European Innovation Partnership, putting farmers at the centre of practice-based innovation, adapting and developing new and existing scientific knowledge to produce implementable solutions, which can then be shared across the network. 

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EUPig

EU PiG is a network of 19 organisations across 13 member states. Led by AHDB in the UK, the partners range from pig producer groups, to researchers and economic advisers – connecting pig producers with the latest science, husbandry techniques and technologies. It facilitates knowledge exchange and sharing of innovative best practice on farm across Europe.

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Sheepnet

Sheep meat and milk production are very important farm enterprises in Europe and neighbouring countries. In Europe there are 85 million animals on 830 000 farms. However the industry has been in decline and since 2000 the numbers of producers in the EU have declined by 50%. SheepNet will provide many opportunities to improve productivity and thus profitability.

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