The goals

To engage farmers in climate organic farming

250 farmers across Europe will be future-fit for climate change and promote the expansion of the network.

To enhance capacity for climate organic farming

Easy accessible tools & methods support farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

To develop smart policies & consumer engagement

Support the development of smart policies by providing data & a policy action plan, engaging policy makers and consumers.

To foster a climate-neutral and resilient Europe

Organic farmers contribute measurable to a climate neutral and resilient Europe and inspire other farming systems.

Work plan & flow

Organized in six Work Packages, the first three (A-C) organize the network and develop tools & methods for farmers. Work Package D & E provide data for policy makers and communicate to a wider audience, while Work Package F reviews the project and ensures collaboration with other EU-Projects.

Establishing the pilot network

Work Package leader: IDELE
  • Setting up the network
  • Network events, training, and exchanges
  • Network sutainability

Implementing Carbon Farming

Work Package leader: JLU
  • Analysis and preparation of tools, methods, etc
  • Training: Farm carbon assessment
  • Training: Climate farm strategy
  • Viability of organic carbon farming
  • Impact of organic carbon farming

Carbon Farming Knowledge Base

Work Package leader: FiBL CH
  • Assessing material
  • Adapting and building knowledge material.
  • 120+ adapted knowledge material
  • DS-Toolbox

Supporting Policy Design

Work Package leader: IFOAM
  • Mapping and assessing policies
  • Policy briefs, policy workshops, and policy action plan

Dissemination & Communication

Work Package leader: Innovarum
  • Communications strategy, design, and channels
  • Engaging consumers and other countries
  • Final event organisation

Management & Collaboration

Work Package leader: FiBL EU
  • Governance
  • Coordination with other projects

The hubs

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THE APPROACH

Organic climate farming hubs

OrganicClimateNET will establish an EU-wide network to pilot the integration of organic climate farming. 250 farms will be organized in 12 national networks, consisting of two hubs per country with 10-12 farms per hub.

The networks act as a national Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (nAKIS). Each nAKIS consists of a national coordinator, coordinating hub-activities together with the hub coach from the two hubs.

The national networks are part of the EU-wide OrganicClimateNETwork, managing transfer of knowledge from and to farms and engaging in networking activities.

NATIONAL COORDINATORS
  • SPAIN – Ecovalia

  • FRANCE – L’institut de l’élevage

  • GERMANY – Bioland

  • IRELAND – Irish Organic Association
  • FINLAND – Luomuliitto
  • POLAND – The Institute of Genetics and Animal Biotechnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

  • NETHERLANDS – Louis Bolk Institute
  • ITALY – The Italian Foundation for Research in Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture

  • LATVIA – The Latvian Rural Consultation and Education Center

  • ESTONIA – Mittetulundusühing Ökoloogiliste Tehnoloogiate Keskus

  • ROMANIA – Interbio

  • PORTUGAL – AGROBIO

ABOUT THE HUBS

How does it work?

The National Coordinator leads, supervises and organises the farm and nAKIS related activities at the national level. The Hub Coach leads and advises a hub, with technical know-how on organic climate farming.

Each hub has a lighthouse farm, serving as a demonstration and test center for project inputs such as trainings, translated knowledge material or carbon assessements.

The farms involved are either organic or in transition, with varying levels of experience in climate farming. This diversity encourages knowledge exchange and enhances the project’s overall effectiveness.

The consortium

Project Coordinator

FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) is an independent non-profit research institute dedicated to promoting organic agriculture. It conducts research, provides advisory services, and offers training programs to support the development and implementation of organic farming practices in Europe. FiBL Europe with the support of FiBL Switzerland coordinates the project. They are part of the FiBL network, consisting of regional offices worldwide, all committed to advancing organic agriculture through scientific research and knowledge dissemination.

The Institut de l’Elevage is a French organization specializing in research and support for the livestock sector. It offers expertise and assistance to livestock farmers, industry players, and policymakers, focusing on areas like animal health, welfare, nutrition, and sustainability.

Justus Liebig University Giessen is a public research university in Germany, known for its diverse academic programs and research excellence across various disciplines.

IFOAM Organics Europe is a regional group within the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). It represents the organic food and farming sector in Europe, advocating for policies and regulations that support the growth and development of organic agriculture. IFOAM Organics Europe works to promote organic farming practices, ensure the integrity of organic standards, and foster collaboration among stakeholders in the European organic sector.

Innovarum is a technical innovation consultancy for the agri-food and the bioeconomy sector. We have participated in several initiatives on agricultural and industrial innovation in a key moment for the sector. Thanks to that, we have gained deep insights on the current dynamics of the agricultural and the bioeconomy.

The Institute of Genetics and Animal Biotechnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences is a research institute in Poland dedicated to the study of genetics and biotechnology as they relate to animals. The institute likely conducts research on a wide range of topics including animal genetics, biotechnology applications in animal breeding, genetic engineering, and related areas.

Ecovalia is a Spanish non-profit organization dedicated to promoting organic agriculture and sustainable development. It works to support and advocate for the organic farming sector in Spain, providing certification services, organizing events and training programs, and promoting consumer awareness of organic products. Ecovalia plays a significant role in advancing the organic movement in Spain and collaborating with international partners to promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Luomuliitto – The Finnish Organic Association is an interest group representing organic farmers in Finland. We are a member of the organic trade association; ProLuomu. Our most important task is to protect the interest of the organic sector. We do advocacy work for the benefit of the organic producer. Our members are 12 local organic associations and private individuals, other associations and business organisations.

The Irish Organic Association is a non-profit organization based in Ireland. It is dedicated to promoting organic farming practices and supporting organic farmers and growers in Ireland. IOA provides certification services for organic producers, offers training and education programs, and advocates for policies that support the growth and development of the organic sector in Ireland. As a company limited by guarantee, IOA operates on a non-profit basis, with any profits reinvested into its mission of promoting organic agriculture.

Bioland Beratung GmbH is a German consulting firm specializing in providing advice to farmers and businesses involved in organic agriculture. It offers expertise in organic farming techniques, certification requirements, and sustainable land management practices.

AgroBio is a Portuguese association that represents the agricultural and agro-industrial sector, particularly focusing on organic agriculture and promoting sustainable practices in farming. It acts as a platform for cooperation, communication, and advocacy among various stakeholders involved in organic farming and related activities in Portugal.

Asociația Inter-Bio is a Romanian organization focused on promoting and supporting organic farming. It works to strengthen the organic agriculture sector in Romania by providing training, certification, and networking opportunities for organic farmers and producers. Asociatia Inter-Bio also advocates for policies that support organic farming and raises awareness about the benefits of organic agriculture among consumers.

The Latvian Rural Consultation and Education Center is an organization based in Latvia that provides consultation and education services to rural communities, farmers, and agricultural stakeholders. LLKIC offers guidance, training, and support on various topics related to agriculture, rural development, and sustainable farming practices. Its mission is to empower rural communities, enhance agricultural productivity, and promote sustainable development in Latvia’s countryside.

The Italian Foundation for Research in Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture is a research organization in Italy dedicated to studying and promoting organic and biodynamic agriculture. It conducts scientific research, provides education and training, and offers technical assistance to support the development and advancement of organic and biodynamic farming practices in Italy. The foundation aims to enhance the sustainability, productivity, and environmental stewardship of agriculture through its research and outreach activities.

Stichting Louis Bolk Instituut is a Dutch research organization focused on sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and health. It conducts scientific research, provides advisory services, and develops innovative solutions to promote sustainable farming practices and improve human health. The institute aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and practical applications in agriculture and health, contributing to a more sustainable and resilient food system.

The Ecological Technology Center NGO (Mittetulundusühing Ökoloogiliste Tehnoloogiate Keskus), is an Estonian organization dedicated to promoting ecological and sustainable practices. It focuses on research, education, and advocacy related to environmental conservation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and eco-friendly technologies. The center aims to raise awareness, provide expertise, and implement projects that contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society in Estonia.

FiBL Switzerland, or the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland (Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau Schweiz), is a renowned research institute based in Switzerland. It specializes in conducting scientific research, providing advisory services, and promoting organic agriculture. FiBL Switzerland focuses on various aspects of organic farming, including crop cultivation, livestock management, soil health, and sustainability. The institute’s research aims to advance knowledge and innovation in organic farming practices, contributing to the development of more sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural systems.