Creating a platform for communication between science and practice in organic food system


Yanko Sakazov Blvd. 50
1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact person:
Svetla Nikolova

AGROLINK Association brings together specialists, experts and farmers in a network of partnership with the aim to influence, encourage and assist farmers and rural societies in Bulgaria to develop and support organic farming as the most sustainable agriculture system. Much of AGROLINK’s work focuses upon access to information on sustainable agriculture and consultancies on organic farming.

Lidérec u. 31
1121 Budapest, Hungary

Contact person:
Prof. László Radics

Association for Hungarian Organic Farming (AHOF) being an open and non-profit organization aims to gather all actors of Hungarian organic sector and invites stakeholders, experts and civilians to develop the organic movement in Hungary. The organization as the active participant of LOVEt project has gathered data about the Hungarian organic sector. Due to extensive contact network AHOF is able to invite stakeholders of the topic and cooperate with them in the framework of the project.

Via Tasso 169
80127 Naples, Italy

Contact person:
Dr. Salvatore Basile

BIOCERT is a scientific and technical non-profit association, involved in initiatives of Agro-environmental development. Biocert is member of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and Ecologica Association. Biocert contributes actively to the renewal of processes concerning eco-sustainable development, starting from primary sector, throughout: training, planning and research.

Belgijska 5 lok. 4
02-511 Warsaw, Poland

Contact person:
M.Sc. Dorota Metera

BIOEKSPERT is one of the main organic certification bodies in Poland. Organisation is a member of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). BIOEKSPERT works with farmers representing mainly poor rural areas. Organic agriculture is a chance for development of these areas.

Arndtstraße 11
01099 Dresden, Germany

Contact person:
Dipl. Ing. agr. Bernhard Jansen

EkoConnect is a German non-profit organisation that enforces and supports the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences in the field of organic agriculture. The organisation also offers its network to people and their organisations engaged in the organic sector from Western and Eastern Europe as a meeting platform in order to come into contact with each other. EkoConnect is a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). EkoConnect organises seminars and workshops especially for advisors, producers, processors and traders of organic products. Since EkoConnect issues the “Information letter on Organic Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe” in 10 languages with more than 6.000 subscribers in 50 countries of Europe, the organisation is in very close contact to many companies, institutions and experts.

Õssu küla,Ülenurme vald,Tartumaa
61713 Tartu, Estonia

Contact person:
MSc Darja Matt

Research Centre was established by Estonian University of Life Sciences in order to collocate and co-ordinate research in organic farming in Estonia. The main activities are research of organic food and agriculture; promotion and education in organic farming; finding the best solutions for developing organic sector in a close cooperation with organic farmers, processors, advisors, other entrepreneurs and organisations. Research Centre works with organic farmers located mainly in less favored areas. It is crucial to preserve rural life in these areas and organic farming is one possibility to do it. Participation in international projects, stimulation of networking and co-operation is the other important field of Research Centre of Organic Farming. The Centre is a member of Estonian Organic Farming Platform.

Ramiro de Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid, Spain

Contact Person:
Prof. Teresa Briz

Technical University of Madrid is the main Spanish University that deals with Agricultural issues. Students from all over Spain and also foreign students (mainly from Europe and Latin America) study there. Group of multidisciplinary staff involved in activities related to organics is representing Technical University of Madrid in the project. The main representative is prof. Teresa Briz (Department of Agricultural Economics). She is a specialist in the consumer aspects of the organic production and the quality of the organic products.

Via S. Maria in Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo, Italy

Contact person:
dr Roberto Mancinelli

Tuscia University is located in a typical rural area of Central Italy, in the north area of Rome, where organic farming is an already established activity that can be improved for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment. The Partnership is based on the cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Forests, Nature and Energy (DAFNE). Tuscia University is represented in the project by dr. Roberto Mancinelli, MSc in Agricultural Science and PhD in Environmental Science, Researcher at Department of Agriculture, Forests, Nature and Energy (DAFNE) of University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy.

Lönnrotinkatu 7
FI-50100 Mikkeli, Finland

Contact person:
M.Sc. (comm.) Anne Hytönen

The activities of Ruralia Institute are research, education and development activities. The education activities are containing both adult educational course activities and study programmes (Rural Studies and Co-op Network Studies) in co-operation with several universities. The institute operates both in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki. Mikkeli unit belongs to the Eastern province of Finland (rural areas and objective 1 area in EU categories, as well LFA area). Ruralia Institute is the only university unit in Finland which has been specialized to the organic farming issues.

In the beginning of year 2013, University of Helsinki and Agrifood Research MTT established the Finnish Organic Research Institute. The coordination unit of the institute is located in Mikkeli, and the contact person of the LOVEt II -project is responsible for the communication activities, especially science communication together with the scientists of the new institute.

Mönchebergstraße 19
34125 Kassel, Germany

Contact person:
Prof. Peter von Fragstein und Niemsdorff

Kassel is the capital of the Northern part of Hessen; a region which can be understood as disadvantaged area; 40 years a highly sponsored ‘border-district’ with stagnating business development, after unification suffering due to missing subsidies and strong competition by a highly sponsored neighbor state, Thuringia. The partnership is based on the cooperation with the Department of Organic Farming and Cropping (Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences of the University of Kassel). The faculty offers university degrees (BSc & MSc) in organic agriculture since over 10 years. It provides both facilities for higher education and vocational education in organic agriculture.

Pivola 11
2311 Maribor, Slovenia

Contact person:
Prof. Franc Bavec

The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at University of Maribor offers study programmes leading to a university degree and to a professional higher education degree. Independently or in co-operation with research teams of other institutions, the Faculty of Agriculture carries out development, applied and basic research projects. The location of Faculty in the centre of the most important agricultural region of Slovenia facilitates a good combination of theory and practice and enables the application of academic knowledge to practical work. Actual study programmes of the Faculty of Agriculture offer the possibility to acquire the knowledge and skills in the field of organic farming.

Branišovská 31
370-05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Contact person:
Prof. Jan Moudry

The Faculty of Agriculture of University of South Bohemia focus on research of agriculture in LFA areas. One of the main focuses of faculty is sustainability and sustainable agriculture, alternative systems of farming, including organic farming. The Faculty cooperates with many national and foreign educational institutions. Partnership is based on the cooperation with Department of Applied Plant Biotechnoloigies and Agroecology – section of Organic Farming, which is focused on topics Sustainable and organic farming, rural development, landscape management, plant breeding in organic farming and processing and marketing of organic production.

Rua da Mãe de Deus
PT-9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Contact person:
Prof. João Ferreira Batista

The University of the Azores is one of the Portuguese universities. In all aspects it depends from the central government in Lisbon. Throughout research and community support, the University of the Azores is involved in the solution of regional problems in partnership with regional authorities. At the national level, the University of the Azores leads several projects in biodiversity & sustainability as well as in the analysis of the country’s organic farming situation.

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB, Wageningen,
The Netherlands

Contact person:
Dr. Cor Langeveld

In the Netherlands, Wageningen University and Research Centre plays an important role in the research and education on organic agriculture. The MSc programme Organic Agriculture at Wageningen University aims at training professionals that both have a sound theoretical basis as well as knowledge and understanding of the practice in organic agriculture and its associated chains and societal setting. Substantial part of students comes from development countries with the intention to arrive at sustainable development via the introduction and/or strengthening of organic agriculture in their countries of origin.