CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe
Full project title:CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems
Contract period:1 November 2016 to 31 October 2019
Main funder:EU Horizon 2020
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Susanne Padel
Other staff involved:Ambrogio Costanzo
The overall aim is to promote innovation through diversity-based ‘alternative’ cereal food systems in European agriculture via knowledge exchange between researchers, producers and other relevant stakeholders.
These 'alternative' systems are based on local, decentralised approaches to production and processing, regard to quality and health, and short supply chains for products with strong local identities. Diversity is embedded within these food systems, through the agro-biodiversity in the fields, improving resilience and adaptation to current challenges, and through a diversity of approaches, contexts and actors in food manufacturing and marketing. Diversity thus becomes a cross-sectorial issue and helps support innovation in the agronomic, processing, and marketing phases in response to consumers’ demand for health and sustainable products.
The project will create a multi-actor network of researchers and ‘practice communities’, adopting a bottom-up approach. It will work with EIP-AGRI Operational Groups to synthesize, share and disseminate existing best practices, research results and co-innovative solutions in organic/low-input cereal food systems, focusing particularly on agrobiodiversity and the associated values of quality and health.
Through its activities and training products, CERERE will address the key issues and most urgent needs of these systems: availability/ management of adapted germplasm, use of rotations, soil fertility, weed competitiveness and crop protection strategies, quality-oriented processing techniques, alternative marketing schemes. For each of these, CERERE will identify opportunities for better integrating science and practice, paving the way for more dynamic interactions between the two domains.
ORC's roleORC will contribute to the identification and synthesis of a range of best practices and research results relevant for building innovative, diversity-based and quality and health- centred cereal food systems.
Current progress highlights
Read interview with Kimberley Bell of the Small Food Bakery YQ and the rise of an alternative grain network
Project leader and partners
- The University of Reading (Co-ordination)
- The University of Florence
- Rete Semi Ruralis
- Réseau Semences Paysannes
- Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
- The University of Helsinki
- The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
- Red Andaluza de Semillas
- Formica Blu
- Organic Research Centre
- SEGES P/S
- Institut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique
- The University of Debreceni
- Organic Arable (in close collaboration with ORC)