OK-Net EcoFeed

About OK-Net EcoFeed

OK-Net EcoFeed is coordinated by IFOAM EU and involves 19 partners from 11 countries throughout Europe. The project is financed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s main funding instrument for research and innovation. OK-Net EcoFeed is funded under the umbrella of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). This policy instrument aims to foster innovation by connecting farmers and researchers. OK-Net EcoFeed started in January 2018 and will run until December 2020. 

Organic feed and livestock production are concentrated in different regions. Animal feed often has to be imported from regions far away from where the animals are raised. The problem is most challenging for protein feed, which is sometimes even not available in organic quality.  

Increasing the availability of organic and regional feed will further improve the sustainability of organic agriculture. OK-Net EcoFeed will work with farmers, breeders and the organic feed industry to make practical solutions available to improve the use of organic and regional feed.

All knowledge generated by the project will be formatted in practical fact sheets and videos and made available on the OK-Net Knowledge platform.

OK-Net EcoFeed will work with 11 innovation groups that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge among farmers, business actors, researchers and advisors. These groups will identify innovations from the ground up and ensure that solutions disseminated by the project “work in the real world” of farming and business. The innovation groups are amongst the most pioneering in organic pig and poultry production in their country  

OK-Net EcoFeed will build on the experiences of the OK-Net Arable project that established the OK-Net knowledge platform. The OK-Net knowledge platform exists for farmers and farm associations to find practical solutions in organic farming, and at the same time discuss how it works on the field, in their geographic and climatic conditions.

The partners of OK-Net EcoFeed are: IFOAM EU (Belgium), ICROFS (Denmark), FiBL (Switzerland), Organic Research Centre (UK), The Soil Association (UK), ITAB (France), IFIP (France), CRAPL (France), ITAVI (France), FNAB (France), Bioland & Bioland Beratung (Germany), AIAB (Italy), SLU (Sweden), Danube Soya Austria & Danube Soya (Serbia), Ecovalia (Spain), Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), CIHEAM Bari (Italy).

A multi actor-approach

The multi-actor approach is prominent in this proposal: 
(1) at EU level with scientific partners and farmers' associations jointly coordinating the work packages; 
(2) on the local level with farmers, farm advisors and scientists cooperating in farmer innovation groups.