Circular Agronomics

Circular Agronomics addresses the challenge of sustainable circular management of Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorus by analysing flows, stocks and emissions from different European agricultural, livestock and food processing practices within the value-chain of food production. The proposed solutions aim to increase resource efficiency while simultaneously addressing associated environmental challenges such as greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions as well as eutrophication of water bodies.

Along 7 work packages and 6 case-studies, representing locations with different biogeographic conditions and environmental challenges typical for the European agricultural sector, the objective of CA is to contribute to a development towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive economies that are part of circular and zero-waste societies.

The involved multi-actor and international consortium aims (i) To increase the understanding of C, N, P flows and the related potential to reduce environmental impacts at farm and regional level under different bio-geographical conditions; (ii) To close loops within cropland farming, from livestock to cropland farming and to increase the reuse of waste/wastewater from food-industry to improve soil fertility and to increase nutrient use efficiency; (iii) To highlight the performance of different prototypes of agro-ecological systems and increase sustainability of food production in the EU; and (iv) To contribute to the improvement of the European Agricultural Policies by providing evidence based, farmer led and consumer relevant recommendations for the agri-food chain. Cross-cutting social, economic and environmental evaluation ensure the overall sustainability of the investigated solution.

Partners

  • Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroaliment√†ries-IRTA
  • Kwb Kompententzzentrum Wasser Berlin Gemeinnutzige Gmbh
  • Wageningen University
  • Verein Zur Forderung Agrar- Und Stadtokologischer Projekte (Asp) Ev Institut Fur Agrar-Und Stadtokologische Projekte an der Humboldt
  • Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • Hoehere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt Fuer Landwirtschaft Raumberg-Gumpenstein
  • Centre de Recerca en Economia i Desenvolupament Agroalimentari - CREDA
  • Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  • Fondazione Crpa Studi Ricerche
  • The Rural Investment Support for Europe Foundation
  • Sogesca S.R.L.
  • Pondus Verfahrenstechnik Gmbh
  • Ema Depuracio i Enginyeria de l'aigua
  • Nutrients Recovery Systems
  • Eastern Africa Farmers' Federation Society
  • Asio Spol Sro
  • Soepenberg Fertilizers Bv
  • AGROSCOPE

Period
2018-2022
Status
active
Budget
EUR 7 032 749,04
Funding
EUR 6 999 795,50