Innovating for organics: new publication highlights operational groups
TP Organics has prepared an online brochure highlighting four examples of Operational Groups from four different countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Austria). Three of the groups do engage both organic and conventional farmers. All groups produce outcomes that are relevant beyond organics, for the whole agrifood sector.
The conclusion of the publication shows that there is a lot of interest from farmers, advisers and researchers to develop new, sustainable and more environmental friendly farm practices. Read the brochure online.
Operational Groups are the EIP-AGRI’s (European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability) main tool to detect innovative responses to concrete problems and to turn them into practical use in the agricultural sector. Operational Groups are funded under the Rural Development Programmes of Member States and regions. As an annex to the brochure a list of all National Rural Networks is available for those who want to find out more about implementation rules in their Member State or region. The composition of Operational Groups should be tailored to the objectives of the specific project and will vary from group to group. In total 3025 groups are expected to be funded in the period 2014–2020. Only around 300 started yet, more than 10% of them are dealing with organic farming.