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Kick-off meeting in Frick

The main goal of the meeting in Switzerland was to ensure that the WP-leaders and co-leaders are able to implement their work packages in the first project year. Another important goal was to reach agreement on the next steps toward a knowledge platform.

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Survey for organic farm advisors

OK-Net Arable has launched a survey to get better insight in which sources and tools organic farm advisers use to gather information, and to exchange knowledge with farmers. The results of the survey will help to identify among the huge variety of already existing advisory materials which ones work the best and how they can best be disseminated.

The survey is particularly targeted at organic farm advisors having experience with arable cropping. To answer the survey, please click here

 

Contact

Dr. Bram Moeskorps, IFOAM EU

Scientific Coordinator
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News from OK-Net Arable:

On-line course “Challenges of Organic Arable Farming”
- Call for applications

The objective of the course is to enable students and professionals to familiarize with the latest insights, context and concepts of Organic Arable Farming and to provide them new tools and practices to tackle current difficulties related to production and protection.

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New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched
Brussels, 3 October 2016

Today a new platform – OK-Net Arable – aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe was launched. 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. We have therefore been working together with partners across Europe to bring you OK-Net Arable, a web-based platform to promote exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists. / OK-Net Arable uses a web-based platform to promote exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists.

The OK-Net Arable platform provides access to a wide range of tools and resources  that can help improve production. Below you can search the database of the OK-Net Arable Knowledge platform.

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About OK-Net 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. OK-Net Arable promotes exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists with the aim to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe

OK-Net Arable is coordinated by IFOAM EU and involves 17 partners from 12 countries all over Europe. The project is financed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s main funding instrument for research and innovation. OK-Net Arable is proud to be one of the first four so-called thematic networks funded under the umbrella of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). This policy instrument aims to foster innovation by connecting farmers and researchers. OK-Net Arable started in March 2015 and will run until February 2018.

OK-Net Arable takes a very innovative approach in that in all stages of the project, farmers play a prominent role. Much more than being asked for advice, farmers contribute to a process of co-creation of knowledge throughout the project. This work is facilitated by the participation of  14 farmer innovation groups. 


Knowledge exchange for better farming
Despite substantial growth of organic farming in the EU over the last decade, concerns have been raised whether organic farming is productive enough compared to conventional farming. On the other hand, evidence shows that the more experienced an organic farmer is, the smaller the yield difference with conventional farms. Indeed, organic agriculture works as a complex system which requires a very high level of knowledge. By promoting co-creation and exchange of knowledge, the OK-Net Arable project therefore has significant potential to increase productivity and quality in organic farming.

 

Map with project partners and practice partners:

 

 



Deliverables from WP 2 - Network of Farmer Innovation Groups:

 
WP2: D2,1 Description of Farmer Innovation Groups



Deliverables from WP 3 - Synthesise research results, best practices and learning methodologies:

WP 3: D3.1: State-of-the-art research results and best practices

WP 3: D3.2: Identification of the best methods for learning and knowledge exchange



Deliverables from WP 4 - Knowledge platform and communication:

WP 4: D4.1: Online Knowledge Platform