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The contribution of research to the development of organic farming in Europe

Niggli, Urs (2002) The contribution of research to the development of organic farming in Europe. In: Powell, Jane (Ed.) UK Organic Research 2002: Proceedings of the COR Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, pp. 19-24.

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Summary

On national as well as on EU level, research funds should be directed substantially towards organic farming in order to improve the economic and ecological performance of organic farming. The impact of research funds is very high in this field of food production, because, as yet, the potential of organic farming has been scarcely tapped by research. Integrating organic farming research into conventional research structures means disintegrating organic farming itself. Therefore, special attention should be given to how research activities are organised. National or regional centres of competence (hubs) are needed in order to provide and maintain an appropriate quality of research.
These hubs can be organised as real or virtual centres.
Evaluation procedures for most national and EU research funds do not consider adequately the unique approach and methodology of organic farming research.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic Farming, Research, Europe, Pioneers, Forschungskommunikation
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Research communication and quality
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Europe
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Communication
Related Links:http://www.organic.aber.ac.uk/Conference/CORconf.shtml, http://www.organic.aber.ac.uk/Conference/proceedings.shtml, http://www.fibl.org/forschung/forschungskommunikation/index.php
Deposited By: Niggli, Prof. Dr. Urs
ID Code:558
Deposited On:17 Mar 2003
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:27
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The paper was held at the biannual Conference of COR - The Colloquium of organic Researchers, which took place in March 2002 Aberystwyth, Wales.

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