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Diversification trough Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple Cropping, Promoted by Actors and Value Chains towards Sustainability

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Horizon 2020

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The overall goal of DiverIMPACTS is to realise the full potential of crop diversification through rotation, intercropping and multiple cropping, promoted by actors and value chains towards sustainability, by demonstrating clear technical, economic and environmental benefits for farmers, value chains and society and by providing rural actors with those key enablers and innovations that remove existing barriers and ensure actual uptake of combined benefits at farm, value chain and territory levels.
To reach its overall goal, the project will pursue and achieve the following scientific and technological objectives:
  • To demonstrate clear benefits of crop diversification at farm, value chain and territory levels
  • Characterise and quantify the technical, environmental and economic performance of crop diversification strategies through existing expertise and a set of field experiments (FEs) carried out in main biogeographical regions across Europe;
  • Demonstrate, through a range of multi-actor case studies (CSs), the potential of diversification of cropping systems to achieve improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains. Inagro and Bioforum accompagny two Flemish case studies: 'grain legumes intercropping with cereal in organic systems' and 'Crop diversification through inter-farms (arable-dairy) co-operation (vegetable, cereal, service crops).
  • To co-design technical and organisational innovations to stimulate crop diversification and co-learning
  • Create a crop diversification knowledge network of relevant actors, to share and valorise past, on-going and future experiences of crop diversification in order to identify key enablers to crop diversification and increase, in this way, awareness and knowledge/data exchanges among actors;
  • Adapt and expand existing multi-criteria assessment methods to the needs of actors to assess the technical, economic, ecological and social impacts of crop diversification at farm, value chain and territory levels.
  • To remove barriers and promote enablers to crop diversification at farm, value chain and territory levels
  • Deepen, for each case study and with local actors, the analysis of main lock-in effects to the adoption of crop diversification and identify technical innovations, organisation schemes and governance instruments that help remove barriers and promote enablers to crop diversification.
  • To develop comprehensive and long-term strategies and tools to sustain crop diversification
  • Stimulate at farm, value chain and territory levelsinnovation processes simultaneously for all actors of the sociotechnical system (farming, advisory, education, value chain, policy) and develop a practical and dynamic toolbox to sustain transition towards crop diversification;
  • Disseminate outputs through existing channels, targeting farmers, value chain actors and society and build up recommendations and roadmap for policy-makers.


Acta - Les instituts techniques agricoles


AIDER - Agricultura Integata Durabila Economic Rentabila

APCA - Instance nationale des Chambres d'agriculture

ASR - Associazione Sviluppo Rurale

Baertschi - Baertschi Agrartecnic AG

Barwy Zdrowia

BioForum Vlaanderen


CRA-W - Centre Wallon de Recherches Agronomiques

CREA - Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria

DLO - Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek

ERF - B.V. Exploitatie Reservegronden Flevoland

ESA - école Supérieure d'Agriculture

FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

FIRAB - Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Agricoltura Biologica e Biodinamica

Forschungsinstitut Für Biologischen Landbau Stiftung

HS - Hushallningssaellskapet skane

INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

INRA Transfert

Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation

LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming

LWK - Chamber of Agriculture Lower Saxony

Mühle Rytz AG

ÖMKi - Ökológiai Mezőgazdasági Kutatóintézet

ORC - Organic Research Centre (GB)

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SOCOPRO - Services opérationnels du Collège des producteurs

Thünen-Institut für ökologischen Landbau

UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain

Universiteit van Amsterdam

Wageningen Plant Reseach

Wageningen University (NL)

Walagri SA



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