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Priority topics for Horizon 2020: Work Programme 2016/2017

In December 2014, TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming Research published priority topics for the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/2017. Horizon 2020 is the current research framework programme of the European Union.

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According to TP Organics, the topics will highly contribute to the implementation of the European Union's Organic Action Plan as well as leverage the organic sector's contribution to Sustainable Food Security, resilient food systems and the renaissance of rural areas.

The selection of topics is the result of a process of one year and a half with experts and stakeholders, including an on-line consultation with more than 300 responses. Together, they will support sustainable growth of the organic sector in Europe and beyond.

The topics have been clustered in two parts. Part A focuses on the contribution of the organic food & farming sector to Sustainable Food Security and resilient food systems. It includes following topics:

  • Alternatives to critical inputs used in organic agriculture
  • Availability of organic seeds – Towards 100% organic seed
  • Eco-efficient production of animal feed at local level
  • Organic food processing concepts and technologies
  • Public health effects of organic food systems in Europe

Part B focuses on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the organic sector and strengthening the contribution of the organic sector to a rural renaissance. It includes following topics:

  • Innovative ICT tools for organic cropping systems"
  • Internet-of-Things based solutions for resource efficient primary production
  • Developing the organic farming policies of the future
  • Improving organic certification
  • Better market and benchmarking data
  • Improving food security and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

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