About Agroecology for Europe
Towards the development of agroecology in Europe.
The AE4EU project
“Europe is now at a turning point regarding the future of European agriculture. Agroecology is a key concept for embracing practice, research, innovation, and education. Agroecology is essential to transform our agricultural and food system and tackle climate and nature emergencies and at the same time providing healthy food based on a strong and living rural environment. I expect the AE4EU project to have a key impact in supporting this transition.”
Dr Alexander Wezel, Director of Research at ISARA, Lyon, France
A European funded project as a coordinate and support action
AE4EU is a three years project, that started in January 2021 and aims to enable a successful transition to agroecology through a strong development with ambitious and longer-term joint actions at the European level in research, innovation, networks, training and education. Thanks to a European network and the involvement of different actors from diverse horizons and sectors, the project will analyse agroecology through its different pillars: as a science, a set of practices, and a social movement.
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6 key objectives
4. Improve human and social capital
A European Agroecology Exchange Network Hub that will include a diversity of stakeholders (such as farmers, up- and down-stream businesses, researchers, consumers and citizens) will be set up in order to facilitate knowledge exchanges in the Europe-wide network of agroecology; identify pathways of co-development and co-learning for strengthened agroecological research and innovation.
5. Improve capacity to tailor policy interventions to specific situations
AE4EU will identify and analyse policy frameworks that include elements of agroecology. Recommendations for future policies that support and promote the development of agroecology in Europe will be provided, in particular considering the context and aims of the Eco-schemes and the recently approved European Green Deal, Farm to Fork strategy and the CAP.
6. Support the development of a European partnership in agroecology
AE4EU will develop a road map and framework for a European network that includes agroecological living labs, research infrastructure and other relevant actors to build a European partnership. The overall goal is to accelerate the transition towards sustainable farming and food systems practices by promoting networking, connectivity and place-based innovation in a co-creative environment.
Italian Foundation for Research in Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture (FIRAB) was set up by organic and biodynamic farmer, environmental and labor organisations and promotes applied research in low input farming through a participatory approach and operates technical and scientific dissemination.