‘Cropping for the future: networking for crop rotation and crop diversification’

The EIP-AGRI Service Point is organising the workshop ‘Cropping for the future: networking for crop rotation and crop diversification’. This two-day event will take place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June 2019 in Almere, the Netherlands.

Farmers and farmers’ organisations, agroforesters, entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups, advisory services, universities, research technology organisations, rural networks, and anyone who may be involved in relevant projects or has experience with engaging in, designing and/or implementing crop rotation and/or crop diversification practices across Europe are invited to apply.

Scope and objectives

Crop rotation and crop diversification are important farming practices with most significant impacts in the short and long term. They can clearly have a role in improving soil conditions, water quality, weed management and plant protection systems, biodiversity, and more. By adopting these practices, farmers and foresters can make a significant contribution to improving environmental conditions in EU rural areas.

The overall aim of the workshop is to promote networking among Operational Groups (OGs) and other innovative projects dealing with crop rotation and crop diversification. This means to learn more about each other, find common issues, explore possibilities for future collaboration and knowledge exchange. The event also aims at creating awareness and promoting the adoption of crop rotation and crop diversification as farming practices with multiple environmental benefits, both in the short and long term.

The specific objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To assist OGs and other innovative projects dealing with these two farming practices by:
  • identifying common challenges
  • exploring potential solutions to shared challenges
  • exchanging good practices
  • connecting participating projects
  • promoting further cooperation between partners from different OGs and research projects
  1. To highlight the benefits of these farming practices, and link them to broader issues such as climate change, Sustainable Development Goals, objectives in the future CAP, and more.