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CORE Organic PLUS

Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems Plus

Start date 1 December 2013
End date 30 November 2018
Duration 60 months
Programme acronym FP7-KBBE
Website www.coreorganic.org
Total costs 9,090,908
Contribution by EC 2,999,999
Coordinator
Aarhus University
Contact person Britta Breinbjerg Andersen
Participants
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Government of Flanders - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Walloon Agricultural Research Centre
Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research - Federal Office for Agriculture
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Federal Office of Agriculture and Food
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries - Danish Agrifish Agency
Ministry of Rural Affairs
National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology
Ministry of Agriculture And Forestry
Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Latvia - Latvian State Institute of Agrarian Economics
Ministry of Economic Affairs
National Centre for Research and Development
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Research Council of Norway
Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Participants

25

Countries

20

Calls

1

Projects

11

Objective

The overall objective of the CORE Organic (CO) Plus is to efficiently fund transnational research addressing major potentials and challenges for the development of organic food and farming and the industry’s capacity to contribute to solving important societal challenges. In many European countries organic agriculture has grown out of a niche and become an important part of agricultural production and consumption. This development has happened and is still in process as a consequence of...

The overall objective of the CORE Organic (CO) Plus is to efficiently fund transnational research addressing major potentials and challenges for the development of organic food and farming and the industry’s capacity to contribute to solving important societal challenges. In many European countries organic agriculture has grown out of a niche and become an important part of agricultural production and consumption. This development has happened and is still in process as a consequence of increasing consumer interest and political support; assisted by research, innovation and extension dedicated to organic food and farming.
A major reason for this is, that organic agriculture addresses important challenges such as sustainable production of high quality food, reducing dependency on high energy inputs, improving environmental and nature conservation, climate change adaptation, animal welfare and rural livelihoods. Evidence from research and practice can pave the way for the organic sector to become a major and important example of sustainable and productive food and farming systems.
CO seeks to tackle these challenges by supporting organic food and farming systems in a trans disciplinary and holistic approach by creating sufficient volume in funding for a joint transnational call and so allowing research of high value and significance considering topics of transnational character. These topics have been explored during COII taking into consideration national research needs and transnational research gaps. Thus, the main aim of this transnational cooperation and joint call is to improve the knowledge basis and innovation capacity necessary for supporting the next development phase of organic food and farming as a tool to answer to significant societal challenges in Europe’s agriculture and food systems.
The process will build on experiences from the two previous CO ERA-NETs and on knowledge gained from ERA-NET related meetings and workshops. Furthermore a call process evaluation performed within COII will contribute to further improve the call process. CO Plus will involve the technology platform “TP Organics” in several activities and foster relations with national and transnational stakeholders. Initiating projects on topics identified as common priorities while encouraging the participation of SMEs and facilitating the integration of new forms of knowledge generation, innovation and dissemination in the project designs will allow the sector to better meet the demand for organic food and products and at the same time further develop the practices in accordance with the organic principles. This will contribute to sustainable development in food production and improve the general competitiveness of the European agriculture and present new and innovative solutions to environmentally friendly agriculture with a high level of animal health and welfare.

Mapping

Co Plus will set focus on monitoring and dissemination activities within the research projects, to maximise the use of the results from the transnational research and achieve the highest possible impact of the research results within the organic sector and the agricultural sector as such. Different tools like continuous newsletters with research results, mandatory use of the open access archive Organic Eprints and identified national knowledge hubs for dissemination will support these efforts...

Co Plus will set focus on monitoring and dissemination activities within the research projects, to maximise the use of the results from the transnational research and achieve the highest possible impact of the research results within the organic sector and the agricultural sector as such. Different tools like continuous newsletters with research results, mandatory use of the open access archive Organic Eprints and identified national knowledge hubs for dissemination will support these efforts. On basis of the current research activities and results, and national, transnational and stakeholders research priorities, further research needs for a future call will be identified.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
CORE Organic PLUS - 2014 6 Dec 2013 23 11 11,312,000
 
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