Research Strategy for Organic Food and Farming: Flanders 2013 – 2017

In 2014, the NOBL (Network for organic food and farming research) published together with its partners of the FORK network (Flemish Organic Research and Knowledge network), CCBT (Coordination centre of applied research and extension on organic farming) and Biobedrijfsnetwerken (Organic farmers’ networks), the "Research Strategy for Organic Food and Farming- Flanders 2013-2017”. The strategy starts from a vision on sustainable and organic food production and consumption and describes areas where research can contribute to the further development of organic agriculture as an example of the agro-ecological agricultural model and helps to deepen the strengths of the organic production systems.

The strategy reflects what actors along the (organic) food supply chain think is important and what knowledge needs they have. This will be a starting point for writing research proposals that are driven by sustainability and innovation.

Three thematic research areas are defined:

  • Robust organic productions systems
    • Primary production: a systemic approach
    • Innovative strategies and technologies
    • Organic agriculture, nature, landscape and environment
  • Flexible organic chain systems
    • Development of market and consumption
    • Socio-economy and society
  • High quality food

The research strategy is published in Dutch but you find an English summary here.

Accomplishing this strategy, the FORK-network opts for demand-driven research, carried out through a co-creative process, with room for cooperation between different scientific disciplines and expertise, and where the farmers and other actors along the supply chain are also actively involved in planning as well as in implementing the research.

The FORK-network is open to all questions from researchers, policy makers and practicioners about research design and implementation, the dissemination of research findings and  the search for (research) partners.