Living Soils (2019)
Sustainable Agriculture and Life Project
Konya II Tarim ve Orman Müdürlügü
12-01-2019 - 11-30-2022
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, food production worldwide must be increased by around 60% by 2050 in order to meet the needs of the growing world population. Agriculture is a key sector in this regard.
At the same time, climate change poses ever new challenges for the agricultural sector:
For example, conventional production methods such as intensive plowing stress the soil in a way that contributes to increased soil erosion. As a result, more measures are needed to maintain soil fertility, such as irrigation, use of fertilizers and pesticides.
This in turn leads to increased CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and thus fuels climate change - a vicious circle!
In many countries there are examples of good practice in sustainable agriculture to break this vicious circle. So far, however, there has been a lack of networking that would allow these procedures to be brought together and be known to local actors across the EU.
This project therefore aims to create a network with partners from all fields of agriculture - producers, training organizations, researchers - in order to:
- Share sustainable practices
- Raise awareness of the risks/opportunities of different agricultural production methods and processes
- create a compendium to snowball these best practices of sustainable agriculture to all interested stakeholders
DEULA-Nienburg contributes to this project the many years of diverse professional experience of its staff in the organic farming sector.
Through its core competence of training and further education of professionals in the agricultural and horticultural sector, DEULA-Nienburg can promptly communicate new findings from research as well as best practices to the relevant stakeholders and train them in and on new methods and techniques.
A manual will be compiled with guidance on best practices in sustainable agriculture. This will be made available to farmers and cooperatives, as well as to anyone interested in the topic.