NOBL stands for Network for Organic Food and Farming Research. The network brings together relevant stakeholders (researchers, government and farmers’ and consumers’ organisations) and aims to reinforce agricultural research and knowledge circulation in favour of the Organic Food and Farming sector in Flanders.

Major objectives of the network are:

  • More support and recognition of research into organic agriculture in Flanders.
  • Better understanding of the research needs, tuned to the needs of the organic sector.
  • Promotion of co-operation between researchers
  • Promotion of interaction between researchers and stakeholders from the agri-food chain
  • Expanding international contacts
  • Dissemination of research results.

NOBL was established in 2007 by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish Government and is coordinated by the Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries, and Food Research (ILVO).

NOBL is together with CCBT (Coordination Centre for applied research and extension on organic agriculture) and BBN (Organic farmers' networks) united in the Flemish Organic food and farming Research & Knowledge network (FORK-network).

NOBL represents the FORK-network as National Platform in the European technology platform TPOrganics and is involved as a stakeholder in the COREOrganic ERAnet.


Currently following organisation support NOBL:



Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Flemish government:
Division Sustainable Agricultural Development
Division Monitoring and Study                          


 Biobedrijfsnetwerken, organic farmers groups



BioForum Vlaanderen, umbrella organisation of the organic sector and a membership organisation with a strong network of certified producers, processors, distributors, retailers and relevant organisations


Boerenbond, the largest professional organisation for the Flemish farmers


Coördinatiecentrum praktijkgericht onderzoek en voorlichting Biologische Teelt

Image Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven
Image Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGhent

Logo HOGent Natuur en techniek

Department of Life Sciences and Landscape Architecture - University College Ghent


Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research


Inagro, Department Organic Production, Research Centre for Organic vegetable and arable production


Thomas Moore Institute, Geel , University College

 Image Proefcentrum Fruitteelt vzw, research station for fruit growing
Image Provinciaal Proefcentrum voor de Groenteteelt
Oost-Vlaanderen vzw
, research station for vegetable production

Proefbedrijf  Pluimveehouderij,
provincial experimental farm for poultry

Flanders' Food Flanders' Food,

Network organization that promotes co-operation between knowledge institutes and Government

Image Agro- and biotechnology, University College Sint-Lieven, Sint-Niklaas
Image Vives, University of Applied Sciences