PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Agrobiodiversity is a crucial prerequisite for ecologically and economically sustainable agricultural and food systems and is an important tool for ecological intensification of agricultural systems. However, agrobiodiversity is a complex concept that is the result of the interaction between the environment, genetic resources and management systems used by culturally diverse people. CROPDIVA will reinforce agrobiodiversity in European agricultural cropping systems on different levels and along distinct geographic and socio-economic areas resulting in resilient food and feed production systems. To realise the project objectives CROPDIVA will focus on (1) the promotion of six underutilised crops: oats, triticale, hull-less barley, narrow-leafed lupin, buckwheat and faba bean in various cropping systems and (2) on the creation of new value chains. The selected crops have unique features. Firstly, the six underutilised crops are characterised by a broad genepool, which serves as a reservoir for important traits related to e.g. resilience to (a)biotic stress as well as nutritional quality. This great genetic diversity ensures the development of climate resilient varieties. Secondly, the selected crops have great ecological benefits and advantages for a sustainable crop management system. For example, many of them produce nectar rich flowers and/or biologically fix nitrogen. Others result in early stubble, which allow to sowing cover/catch crops as a second crop or they mature early leading to a lower transpiration coefficient and less water use. Thirdly, these crops possess a high nutritious and food technological value, which create many possibilities to develop new food/feed and non-food products; a more diversified value chain will provide new market opportunities for the local food/feed and associated non-food industry and will provide opportunities for new innovative products tailored to the local demand.
PARTNERS: 27 partners and 12 countries
COORDINATOR: Prof. Geert Haesaert, Coordinator, Department of Plants and Crops, Ghent University – EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROLE OF FINS: WP4 – Characterization of raw material and new food products for quality and safety; Development of new food products: protein concentrate/isolate, functional vegetable spreads and dips, bakery products; WP5 – Exploration of the value chains; Development of marketing models; Sensory Analysis
FULL TITLE: Climate Resilient Orphan croPs for increased DIVersity in Agriculture
GRANT AGREEMENT ID: 101000847
PROGRAMME(S): H2020-EU.3.2.1. - Sustainable agriculture and forestry, H2020-EU.3.2. - SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy
PROJECT AIM: The aim of the CROPDIVA project is to enhance agrobiodiversity throughout Europe by focusing on crop diversity and on creating local value chains of six underused arable crops, namely: oats, beardless barley for human consumption, triticale, buckwheat, fava beans and lupins.