EUREKA project kick-off & EURAKNOS mid-term review

From 27-29 January, the two-year Horizon 2020 project EUREKA was officially launched in Bruges. IFOAM EU will contribute to this project with its expertise on organic farming and experience with multi-actor projects in the organic sector.

EUREKA will develop an easily searchable and open-source database called FarmBook. This database will ensure the longevity and better sharing of the end-user material produced by 120 multi-actor projects. IFOAM EU will make sure that the FarmBook suits the needs of organic actors, and will engage the organic sector in its development. By greater circulation of innovative knowledge and best practices across Europe, EUREKA will enhance the sustainability and productivity of the agricultural and forestry sectors in Europe in the long term.

The second half of the week was dedicated to the mid-term review of the Horizon 2020 project EURAKNOS. This project has similar objectives as EUREKA but is dedicated to Thematic Networks as specific multi-actor projects. IFOAM EU presented the report on the added value and feasibility of an electronic knowledge reservoir platform for which IFOAM EU investigated similar existing initiatives on national and international level from an end-user point of view – including knowledge reservoirs for organic agriculture such as Organic Farm Knowledge and Organic Eprints. In a next step, IFOAM EU will organise two of fifteen planned cross-visits that will gather the experience from other Thematic Networks.

The members of the EUREKA consortium met for the official launch of the project from 27-29 January 2020 in Bruges, Belgium. © Mark Redman (Highclere Consulting SRL)

The projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817863 (EURAKNOS) and Grant Agreement No. 862790 (EUREKA).

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