SUREVEG – New diversified cropping systems for organic vegetables
Financial support for this project is provided by funding bodies within the H2020 ERA-net, CORE Organic Cofund, and with cofunds from the European Commission
27 July, 2018; Authors: Hanne Lakkemborg Kristensen, Alessandra Trinchera
The demand for organic vegetables is rising rapidly but cannot be met by current agronomic methods. The lack of attention for biodiversity and soil fertility of current practices may damage the credibility of organic products. There is a clear need for new agronomic methods.
Started on March 2018, the CORE Organic Cofund project SUREVEG “Strip-cropping and recycling of waste as the basis for biodiverse and resource-efficient intensive vegetable production” will develop and implement new diversified, intensive cropping systems using strip-cropping and fertility strategies combined from plant-based soil-improvers and fertilizers.
The CREA is involved in the SUREVEG Consortium as Italian partner.
Objectives – SUREVEG aims at improving resilience, system sustainability, local nutrient recycling and soil carbon storage. This will be achieved by:
1) designing and testing strip-cropping systems in vegetable producing countries at different geographical locations in Europe;
2) producing and testing soil-improvers and fertilizers based on pre-treated organic plant residues;
3)- developing and testing smart technologies for management of strip-cropping systems.
Participatory approach - The intensive and diverse production systems will be adjusted to local needs and barriers by early and continuous involvement of stakeholders. The tangible outputs are a database of crop traits and specific advices for farmers’ and advisors’ implementation of strip-cropping systems and fertility strategies. This will include species choice, system designs, soil-improvers’ and fertilizers’ recipes. Other outputs will be field visits, national and transnational meetings, stakeholder-oriented and scientific publications and YouTube videos.
Expected outcomes - The SUREVEG impact will be to significantly decrease the dependency on biopesticides and non-organic fertilizers. Positive environmental impact is expected on water and soil quality and landscape biodiversity, while boosting credibility and productivity of organic vegetables. Impact will derive from the reintegration of nutrients into the soil by changing organic plant residues from being “waste” to “resource”. This is done in the light of EU policy on circular economy, which asks for 30 percent of the phosphorus supply not to originate from chemical fertilizers.
Coordinator: Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
CREA Principal investigator: Alessandra Trinchera (e-mail: email@example.com)
Partner countries: DK, BE, NL, IT, FI, ES, L.