Projects

UNISECO

Title
Understanding and improving the sustainability of agro-ecological farming systems in the EU
Ref./Contract no
773901
Programme
H2020-SFS-29-2017
Duration
36 months
Coordinator
JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISC
Partners

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA Italy

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS Greece

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN Austri

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN United Kingdom

INSTITUT SUPERIEUR D'AGRICULTURE RHONE ALPES I.S.A.R.A France

BALTIJAS VIDES FORUMS Latvia

BALTIJOS APLINKOS FORUMAS VSI Lithuania

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG Switzerland

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD Hungary

LUONNONVARAKESKUS Finland

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET Sweden

GESTION AMBIENTAL DE NAVARRA S.A Spain

ASOCIATIA WWF PROGRAMUL DUNARE CARPATI ROMANIA Romania

USTAV ZEMEDELSKE EKONOMIKY A INFORMACI Czech Republic

EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION Belgium

BIOINSTITUT OPS Czech Republic

 

Summary

Understanding and improving the sustainability of agroecological farming systems in the EU

The UNISECO research and innovation project will enhance the understanding of socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agroecological approaches in EU farming systems (agroecological farming systems, AEFS, reflecting the low input and high labour and knowledge intensity of these systems) to identify and facilitate more effective and efficient development strategies for European agriculture across the diversity of its settings.

UNISECO will provide a methodological toolkit to assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of innovative strategies and incentives for agroecological approaches in EU farming systems at farm and territorial levels. The methodological toolkit will be tested in participatory case studies in 15 European countries ((DE, IT, EL, AT, UK, FR, LV, LT, CH, HU, FI, SE, ES, RO, CZ) with different biophysical, socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts of farming systems.

Expected project impacts will include: Improved policy framework to agricultural activity, particularly the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy / Farmers and farm advisors trained in AEFS / Improved understanding of strategies of agroecological farming / Greater stakeholder and public knowledge of impacts of agricultural practices / Co-created, co-delivered strategies and incentives for sustainable AEFS / Improved understanding of drivers and barriers of AEFS  / Enhanced citizen responsibility for public goods.