Strength in numbers: TRUE joins the Crop Diversification Cluster

A group of six research and innovation projects have joined together to help the sustainable economic development of agricultural feed- and food-systems. Currently, agri-food systems are dominated by a very small number of crops types, and high-input management practices. It is hoped that new ‘crop diversification’ strategies can help combat the risks the current situation poses. The six European Union funded Horizon2020 projects include: DIVERFARMING, DiverIMPACTS, REMIX, DIVERSify, LegVALUE and TRUE. Collectively they have become known as the Crop Diversification Cluster’, or CDC. The CDC aim to act as a “rally point”, for the diverse array of stakeholders which span the supply chain, and who are deeply concerned about the sustainable economic development of the agri-feed- and -food sectors.

 

TRUE has contributed to the cluster by:

  • sharing insight on the barriers and opportunities to increased legume production in Europe, including the outputs of our European Legume Innovative Network workshops;
  • attending meetings in Brussels with EU officials to discuss and identify suitable routes for collaboration, outreach and impact;
  • taking an active role in the cluster’s different working group, and a lead role with DIVERSify in communication within the cluster; and,
  •  contributing as co-organisers on the organising committee of the first European Conference on Crop Diversification.

Project outputs are shared openly by founding members and aim demonstrate:

  • innovative solutions, including new varieties, species mixtures, machinery breeding strategies;
  • economic and environmental benefit from over 100 case studies;
  •  organisational approaches to promote new business models along value chains;
  • development of new products with enhanced value for the food/feed or industrial sectors;
  • new knowledge-services to help manage and monitor new diversified crop systems;
  •  assessment tools for diverse-crop performance;
  • recommendations for policy-makers to help support more-diverse cropping systems.

For more information, download cluster leaflet and join the conversation using the hashtag #cropdiversification.

 

>>> Work Package 3:

Nutrition and product development

Download
CDC leaflet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.5 MB

Authors:

Fanny Tran

Pete Iannetta

James Hutton Institute

 

 

 


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