Research projects

Ongoing projects

BIOFRUITNET - Boosting innovation in organic fruit production through stronger networks.
BIOFRUITNET aims to strengthen the competitiveness of European organic fruit production through strong knowledge networks. Focusing on pome, stone and citrus fruits, the 3-year project BIOFRUITNET will collect, synthesise and distribute existing practical and scientific knowledge on organic fruit production. The consortium includes 15 partners representing 11 European countries working together to provide practical information to the farmers and help to tackle the challenges of pests and diseases in organic fruit crops.


EURAKNOS - Connecting Thematic Networks accross Europe
The H2020 project seeks to strenghten the EU agricultural knowledge base by co-creating "the network to connect all Thematic Networks". Thematic Networks are multi-actor projects that collect existing knowledge and best practices on a given theme to make it available for end users in easily understandable formats. EURAKNOS collects the knowledge, materials and tools and explores the feasibility of creating a modular database of useful findings from various thematic networks. As major output, an EU-wide open-source agricultural knowledge innovation database will be developed.


EUREKA - European knowledge repository for best agricultural practices
The H2020 project aims at boosting knowledge interaction and connectivity between the different knowledge reservoirs and existing initiatives, thereby contributing to the future development of products and services in agriculture and forestry and also giving rise to new research opportunities. EUREKA started in January 2020 and will co-create an EU-wide agricultural knowledge base, an open-source e-platform called "FarmBook" that will enlarge the EURAKNOS inventory with outputs and results from 120 H2020 multi-actor projects approved until 2021.


The project will launch an ambitious citizen-driven transition of the European food system towards a low carbon, circular future, including a shift to less meat and more plant-based diets. A further transition of the food system will be obtained via targeted knowledge transfer through the establishment of FoodSHIFT Enabler Labs in twenty-seven follower city-regions. The project features a strong multi-actor consortium with 31 partners comprised of 7 municipalities, 11 SMEs, 6 NGOs and 6 research institutes from 11 European countries.


FutureEUAqua - Future growth in sustainable, resilient and climate friendly organic and conventional European aquaculture
The aim of the H2020 project is to effectively promote sustainable growth of environmentally friendly organic and conventional aquaculture of major fish species and low trophic level organisms resilient to climate change. This is to meet the future challenges regarding the growing consumer demand for high-quality, nutritious and responsibly produced food. The project, which started in October 2018 and will run for four years, is coordinated by the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (Nofima) and implemented in cooperation with several partners across Europe.


Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020)
IoF2020 is a large-scale pilot under H2020 with 30 million budget that investigates and fosters a large-scale implementation of Internet of Things in the European farming and food sector. It will demonstrate the added value of smart webs of connected objects that are context-sensitive and can be identified, sensed and controlled remotely in the agri-food sector. 11 pilot cases are relevant for organic food & farming.


Cultivars adapted to organic systems are key for realising the full potential of organic agriculture in Europe. The objective of LIVESEED is to improve transparency and competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector and en courage greater use of organic seed. LIVESEED has 49 partners covering 18 European countries. The consortium includes multiple actors from: research institutes, breeding companies, seed companies, organic associations (farmers, processors, retailers) and national authorities.

NEFERTITI establishes 10 interactive thematic networks and brings together 45 regional clusters (hubs) of demo-farmers and related actors in 17 countries. NEFERTITI focuses on creating added value from the exchange of knowledge, actors, farmers and technical content between networks to boost innovation uptake and to improve peer to peer learning and network connectivity between farming actors across Europe. IFOAM EU is deputy leader of these themes: Robust organic livestock systems; Increasing productivity & quality in organic arable crops. Demonstrations are planned 2019-2021 in Germany, France, UK, Poland, Finland, Spain.


OK-Net EcoFeed
The project is helping farmers, breeders and the organic feed processing industry in achieving the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed for monogastrics, in particular pigs, broilers, laying hens and parents of broilers and laying hens. OK-Net EcoFeed will synthesize the scientific and practical knowledge available about organic and regional feed production for monogastrics and will extend the platform to include the topic of monogastric animal feed.


RELACS logo smallRELACS - Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems
RELACS will foster the development and facilitate the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies, to phase out the dependency on and use of inputs considered contentious in organic farming systems. As a system approach to sustainable agriculture, organic farming aims to effectively manage ecological processes whilst lowering dependence on off-farm inputs.

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. The project will span from the specification of end-user needs and the co-design of in-field and on-farm experiments to demonstrations with evaluation of new varieties and practices. ReMIX will contribute to the adoption of productive and resilient agricultural systems.


SmartAgriHubs - Connecting the dots in the agri-tech sector
SmartAgriHubs is a 20€ million European project under the Horizon 2020 instrument and brings together a consortium of well over 164 partners in the European agri-food sector. The project aims to realise the digitisation of European agriculture by fostering an agricultural innovation ecosystem dedicated to excellence, sustainability and success.


XFactors - Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a Multidisciplinary Research Strategy
The project aims to establish a multidisciplinary research program to answer the urgent need to improve prevention, early detection and control of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) disease. Recently, Xf was introduced into Italy, where it is causing severe damage to olive crops, and in France, where so far it is limited to ornamental plants and some landscape trees. The overall goal of the research program is to assess Xf potential to spread throughout EU territory, while maximizing its impact through a multifactor approach.


Past projects

OK-Net Arable - Organic Knowledge Network Arable
The complexity of organic farming requires farmers to have a very high level of knowledge and skills. But exchange on organic farming techniques remains limited. Coordinated by IFOAM EU, the OK-Net Arable project promotes exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists aiming to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping in Europe.


SOLMACC - Organic farmers countering climate change
Strategies for organic and low-input farming to mitigate and adapt to climate change (SOLMACC) is about demonstrating that farming can be climate-friendly by applying a combination of optimised organic farming practices to respond to climate change.  Across Europe, 12 demonstration farms have been selected with farmers adjusting their agriculture techniques over the course of five years under close scientific monitoring and supervision. Modelling will allow for predictions about the long-term impact on soil, biodiversity and climate to be made with the project’s results used to develop transferable approaches for other farms, be they organic or conventional.