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Organic Farming Research Support and Research Priorities in the European Union

Gonzálvez, V.; Schmid, O.; Schlueter, M. and Slabe, A. (2007) Organic Farming Research Support and Research Priorities in the European Union. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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Summary

Support for Organic Farming focused research has increased significantly in successive EU research funding frameworks. This is in line with constantly increasing consumer demand for organic foods over the last 20 years, which has accelerated again over the last 2 years in many European countries, including new member states.
Under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the expected new increase of funds for organic farming could significantly decrease, even below the levels made available under the 5th Framework Programme (FP5). Most of the project topics listed focus on the development of methods for economic analyses of Organic Farming and/or follow a very “reductionist” one problem - one potential solution approach.
On the other side, as there is no clear instruments to establish priorities in research programmes at European level. The IFOAM EU Group has developed a consultation process to set organic farming sector priorities, which could be used as a model to set research priorities in the future.
This paper also presents a first assessment of the EU support to organic farming research, reviewing main achievements in organic food production systems research and proposing some changes in the current 7th Framework Programme.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic research, stakeholder involvement, EU organic action plan
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Research affiliation: International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM EU Group
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 7b) Dissemination&Training
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Gonzalvez, Mr V
ID Code:9899
Deposited On:14 Apr 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/10417/
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