Evidence-based support for transition to agroecological weed management in diverse farming systems and European regions

About Conserwa

26 partners from 12 European countries

Objectives in pillars

Objective 1

Compiling a portfolio of agroecological farming practices, studying their optimal combinations & transferability, including suitability under climate change scenarios.

Objective 2

Supporting the implementation of these combinations and the measurement of their performance & impacts using novel tools.

Objective 3

Supporting knowledge management & communication between stakeholders with the ultimate goal of practical decision-making and impact assessment through an open DSS.

Objective 4

Studying factors influencing farmers’ decision-making in applying agroecological farming, working together with the value chain, such as the food processors & consultancy services.

Work Packages

WP1: Project Management

WP1 coordinates the project tasks, milestones and deliverables, and ensure compliance with EC financial and administrative procedures.

WP2: The CONSERWA case studies

WP2 sets up the case studies and provides grounds for continued data collection, and comparable results on the agro-technical and socio-economic context in each case study

WP3: Agroecological Weed Management practices study and delivery of optimal combinations for the Case Studies

WP3 puts together a library of weed management practices fordifferent crops, farming systems and soil/climate types based on agroecological principles and selects appropriate combinations for each case study, while creating transferability information.

WP4: DSS platform

WP4 develops a Decision Support System, directed to different stakeholders and actors in the value chains for weed management strategies evaluation and selection in agroecological contexts.

WP5: Studying social and system factors influencing adoption of agroecological weed management

WP5 supports continuous engagement of farmers and other important stakeholders (food industry, advisory services, agri-pharma industry, consumers), supports co-design activities while studying factors influencing the adoption of agroecological weed management and the limitation of identified barriers.

WP6: Performance, impact and sustainability assessments

WP6 monitors and assesses the performance of the CONSERWA interventions, their sustainability and impact, as well as the performance of the technology solutions and studies climate change impacts on AWM practices, through the selection of existing KPIs and proposition of new indicators.

WP7: Dissemination, Networking, Training and Exploitation

WP7 facilitates dialogue between farmers and their communities, engages with decision/policy makers, influences industries and society to promote the sharing of knowledge on potential developments in agroecological weed management, while designing and implementing a training program. All project communications, networking, clustering and broader dissemination are monitored in this WP.

Multi-actor approach

CONSERWA utilises the multi-actor approach by 

Continuous engagement of farmers and farmer communities in co-designing the CS interventions and in surveys for understanding the barriers they face in adopting AWM practices

Engagement of the food industry through the survey, interviews and focus groups

Setting up consumer observatories to get perspectives on agroecological farming and related products

Involving agri-pharma and IBMA in the design of transition pathways and alternative consultation services

Collaborating with all stakeholders and policy-makers in the preparation of policy recommendations

Engaging with young generation of farmers for training activities

Case studies

CS 1 – France

Pedo-Climatic region: Atlantic, Continental, Alpine & Mediterranean
Farming system: Organic/Agroecological farming
Crops involved: winter and summer cereals, vegetables, vineyards

CS 2 – Spain

Pedo-Climatic region: Alpine and Mediterranean
Farming system: Organic farming and Conventional farming
Crops involved: vegetables in organic farming and citrus in conventional farming

CS 3 – Finland

Pedo-Climatic region: Boreal/Arctic
Farming system: Organic farming and Conventional farming
Crops involved: small grain cereals, vegetables (kale, carrot)

CS 4 – Portugal

Pedo-Climatic region: Mediterranean
Farming system: Organic farming, Mixed farming
Crops involved: cork tree, animal feed, beef cattle, pine trees

CS 6 – Hungary

Pedo-Climatic region: Pannonian
Farming system: Organic & Conventional farming
Crops involved: cereals, maize, sunflowers & oilseed rape, vine, apples, sour cherries, cherries, mixed vegetables)

CS 5 – Greece

Pedo-Climatic region: Mediterranean/ Mediterranean mountains
Farming system: Organic farming, Conventional farming
Crops involved: winter wheat and crop rotation with barley or rye

CS 8 – Italy

Pedo-Climatic region: Continental, Mediterranean, Alpine
Farming system: Organic farming, Conventional farming
Crops involved: cereals (wheat/maize) & soybean, barley, pea & millet for organic farm

CS 7 – Romania

Pedo-Climatic region: Pannonian, Steppic
Farming system: Agroecological, Organic & Conventional farming
Crops involved: cereals, maize, sunflowers, oilseed rape, vine, various vegetables & fruits

CS 9 – Germany

Pedo-Climatic region: Continental & Atlantic
Farming system: Conventional
Crops involved: maize

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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101081802

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