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Over 50 European researchers, technicians, farmers, and companies review the latest advances of the Diverfarming project in Finland and share the preliminary results of the measurements from the experimental stations.

Finland has hosted the third annual meeting of the European Diverfarming project, integrated by 25 scientific institutions, companies and agrarian organisations led by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain) and financed by the European Commission within its Horizon 2020 programme. At the main headquarters of the Natural Resources Institute Finland Luke in Joikionen, the scientific team has been able to take stock of the first two years of work and fine-tune the parameters and indicators that are being used to measure the effects of diversification on the sustainability of agrarian systems to improve the productivity of the systems, the environmental benefits and the value chain during these three days. In this sense, Diverfarming seeks to provide proof regarding the environmental impact of abandoning monocropping and adopting a new agricultural paradigm based on multiple crops and low inputs. To do so, the team take measurements throughout 25 lands located in six countries of six principal edaphoclimatic areas: North Mediterranean, South Mediterranean, Atlantic, Continental, Boreal and Pannonia, indicators such as the production, the harvest quality, the biodiversity, carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change, the content of nutrients or the microbiology of the soils, as well as the economic costs and benefits, comparing them with those recorded in areas of monocropping.

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What are the best strategies for crop diversification in response to climate change? And what are the innovations in agronomic management in an environmental context altered by the climate? This was discussed today at the first Regional Meeting of the DIVERFARMING project, which took place at the Ferrari company (Gariga plant, Piacenza), one of the case studies where the rotation of leguminous crops - durum wheat - tomatoes is tested and fertilization by anaerobic digestate (a natural fertilizer derived from biogas production). These are techniques used to increase soil carbon sequestration, thereby improving fertility and microbial biodiversity, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Spanish Diverfarming team assess their second year of work and outline the strategy of collaboration with farmers

As we reach the second anniversary of the start of the European Diverfarming project, which is led by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena and financed by the European Commission’s H2020 programme, the group of Spanish partners integrated within this consortium has held the second Annual Meeting of the South Mediterranean Region, coordinated by Beatriz Lozano, a researcher from the Department of Edaphology at the University of Cordoba.

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The Cordoba team of the Diverfarming European crop diversification project sow lavender in the alleys of the olive grove

The strategy of crop diversification and reduction in inputs proposed by Diverfarming, a European project funded by the European Commission’s H2020 programme, in the case of the Andalusian olive groves is translated into the introduction of certain crops between the alleys that separate the rows of trees.

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The German Diverfarming-team participated at the Hackathon in Trier

Winegrowers, programmers, scientists and geoinformatic students came together for the second Mosel wine-hack at February 16th and 17th. Aim of the meeting was to work in interdisciplinary teams on solutions, prototypes and ideas for digitization in viticulture and to produce creative, useful and / or entertaining products for several questions within a given timeframe. A hackathon (composed of "to hack" and marathon) is an event for the collaborative development of software and hardware products.