SoildiverAgro project launches the Stakeholders Community conformed by different stakeholders managing agro-ecosystems, which will be the primary beneficiaries of the project outcomes. Around each case study, volunteer farmers will be enrolled in Regional Communities to improve knowledge exchange between scientists, and stakeholders, to co-create new knowledge, to put into practice research results, to boost interactive and demand-driven innovation, and moreover to focus on real problems or opportunities that farmers are facing.
These engaging activities are essential to demonstrate and promote the tailored innovative cropping systems and management practices developed. Volunteer farmers will be enrolled as an integral strategy to develop accepted solutions in real scenarios, guarantee longevity beyond the project and to allow techniques to be honed on farms.
These communities are established after having tested innovative cropping systems and management practices in field case studies for at least one and up to three cycles. Such an approach will take place both at national level, in 5 countries (Spain, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Belgium) as well as at a European wide level.
The creation of Regional Communities is essential to ensure that the developed tools for improved management of soil biodiversity will remain used beyond the project lifetime and hone on farms once the project has been completed. Regional Coordinators will regularly contact members to engage them to assess their interests, assist them if needed and invite them to field days and regional meetings.
The SoildiverAgro R&D project is funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, with a budget of seven million euros and is coordinated by the University of Vigo. A total of 22 partners participate from Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and Estonia.