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15-17 November 2017. Brussels. Organic innovation days. The Organic Innovation Days was TP Organic’s annual event gathering actors from the organic and conventional food and farming sector as well as policy-makers to discuss the latest innovations in the organic sector and beyond.
As part of the event, the winners of this year’s Call for Organic Innovations were announced, who presented their innovative and successful solution they have developed to address the needs of the organic sector.
This year’s edition was also enriched with the OK-Net Arable Final Conference where the best practices to improve yields in organic farming were presented and followed by a discussion on knowledge exchange and innovation support in organic farming.
- Coordinated by IFOAM EU, the OK-Net Arable project promotes exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists with the aim to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe.
- OK-Net Arable has launched a knowledge platform providing access to a wide range of tools and resources that can help improve production, and a virtual meeting place for cross-border learning.
- The project is financed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s main funding instrument for research and innovation and involves 17 partners from 12 countries all over Europe.
The European Commission has published the Work Programme 2018-2020 of Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge 2. It includes several calls that are relevant for the organic and low-input food and farming sector.
Scope A of the call SFS-08-2018-2019 “Improving animal welfare” was specifically developed for the organic and low-input farming sector. Under that scope one call is planned for 2018 with a total budget of 10 million euro.
TP Organics has made an assessment, listing all the calls where organic has been mentioned. Please click here to view the document.