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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.



The main idea of CORE organic is to coordinate research programmes between the 21 partner countries.


TP Organics

TP Organics is a European technology platform fororganic food and farming research. Read more...


The EU research project SOLID on Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying runs from 2011-2016. Read more...


The EU project, VOA3R, is aimed at sharing scientific and scholarly research related to agriculture, food, and environment. Read more...



ICROFS Research

Danish R&D


Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.


Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.

The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.




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Cow - ICROFS International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

International research in organic food systems


The secretariat of ICROFS initiates, coordinates, and participates in international research activities. The aim is to strengthen the positions of organic farming and food systems. Furthermore, ICROFS works for increasing the conversion possibilities from conventional farming production, as well as promoting the sustainable development of farming and food systems as a whole and to contribute to the development of agro-ecological methods.


Projects can either be geographical focussed activities or horizontal activities that applied globally or to a wider range of organic farming and food systems.


International research


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Innovations in ORGANIC FOOD SYSTEMS for Sustainable Production and Enhanced Ecosystem Services

ICROFS organized jointly with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Organic Management Systems Group of American Society of Agronomy (ASA-OMS) an International Conference that took place 1-2 November 2014 Long Beach, California. See Conference Leaflet

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Chinese-Danish network on Systemic Approaches to Pest Management without Pesticides

ICROFS coordinates the ‘Chinese-Danish networking on Systemic Approaches to Pest Management without Pesticides’ funded by International Network Programme of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The network was established in collaboration with the China Agricultural University, Beijing. The network consists of Danish and Chinese researchers who will identify joint research interests and research areas and provide recommendations for research topics of priority for the two countries. The network held its 1st workshop in April 2012 in China while the 2nd workshop was held in Denmark in August 2012.

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Proceedings and recommendations from two network workshops...


Productivity and Growth in Organic Value-chains (ProGrOV)

A research project on productivity and growth in organic value-chains, ProGrOV in short, was launched in January 2011. This project will focus on improving productivity and growth in existing organic value chains in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania through development of agro-ecological methods, governance and management of organic value-chains, and capacity development regarding research focused on participatory and interdisciplinary approaches.



Biodiversity benefits organic agriculture and organic agriculture benefits biodiversity– true or false?

In the spirit of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, ICROFS together with the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC, USA, invited a group of researchers, policy makers, and research administrators to a ½ day seminar at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC. The aim was to solicit knowledge and opinions regarding the relationship between organic agriculture and agro-biodiversity.

Research has shown higher levels of biodiversity in organic agriculture than in conventional systems at field, farm and landscape levels. This is one of the reasons for support to organic agriculture among consumers and politicians. However, it has been questioned whether the biodiversity in present forms of organic agriculture is sufficient to make a significant contribution to nature preservation and to securing ecosystem services.

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Sustainability of organic farming in a global food chains perspective (GlobalOrg)

A research project on sustainability of organic farming in a global food chains perspective (in the framework of the Danish DARCOF III resaerch programme) .



EU research


The European Union is financing research concerning environment, food safety, and animal health etc. This includes research in sustainable and organic farming. DARCOF are participating in a number of these project.






CERTCOST is a European research project supported by the European Commission. CERTCOST is the acronym for the EU FP7 collaborative project "Economic Analysis of Certification Systems for Organic Food and Farming."

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CORE Organic

The main idea of CORE Organic is the trans-national coordination of research programmes between partner countries. CORE Organic is the acronym of the EO FP6 ERA-net project: "Coordination of European trans-national research in organic food and farming."



CORE Organic Funding Body Network (FBN)

The CORE Organic Funding Body Network was set up in 2007 to continue and broaden the collaboration after the end of the first CORE Organic ERA-net project, and since then, the CORE Organic FBN has expanded to 23 countries.

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The international organisation for research in organic farming



Organic Eprints

Organic Eprints is an open, on-line archive for research in organic agriculture with more than 8,000 publications – and growing rapidly. All use of the archive is free of charge. The archive contains scientific and popular articles, reports, presentations, project descriptions, books and other research publications.

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ICROFS Research

EU research

Within the last years the European Union has financed a growing numberof research projects in organic food and farming.


Link to the Danish Research School for Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (SOAR).



ICROFS Publications

ICROFS newsletters
ICROFS news is published app. four times annually



Knowledge syntheses

Find information about ICROFS' knowledge syntheses.



Former DARCOF news
Former DARCOF news, prior to 2009.



Books and reports

Most former books and reports are issues in Danish, but publications in English can also be found here.






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