Today, agricultural systems are facing multiple challenges, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, dwindling resources, degradation of soil and water quality.
Agroecology can strengthen the sustainability and resilience of farming systems and thus contribute to addressing these challenges. Based on the premise that Open Innovation Arrangements (OIAs) and in particular Living Labs (LL) and Research Infrastructures (RIs) are instruments that have large potential to contribute to amplifying agroecology in Europe, the main aim of ALL-Ready is to prepare a framework for a future European network of LLs and RIs (to be called “AgroEcoLLNet”) that will enable the transition towards agroecology throughout Europe.
The project will lay the groundwork and prepare the necessary prerequisites and activities. Testing will verify and improve the project’s outcomes, which will be communicated widely in Europe.
The implementation plan will be tested and integrated into the validated framework of AgroEcoLLNet. The project relies on a highly participatory and inclusive approach and on experimentation in real life situations and thus itself uses a living lab approach.
An underpinning principle of the project is strong stakeholder engagement, which has begun in the preparation of this proposal.
The project ALL-Ready – “The European Agroecology Living Lab and Research Infrastructure Network: Preparation phase” is supported by the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no 101000349.
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