The temporal and spatial diversification of crops through rotation, multiple cropping and / or associations allow low-input agronomic practices and constitute a key pillar of the transition towards agroecology. However, diversified farming systems will only emerge, if clear benefits to farmers and society are demonstrated, if the upstream and downstream value chains are fully engaged, and if the sociotechnical regime is more disposed to support crop diversification.
The objective of the European Conference on Crop Diversification is to explore how we can achieve the full potential of agri-food system diversification for improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services, resource-efficient and sustainable value chains. Moreover, it provides a platform to discuss the implications of implementing more integrated sociotechnical systems (i.e. which facilitate co-innovation across research and development, education, advisory, business and policy sectors).
The focus will be on all scientific aspects of agri-food system diversification, including support for practical implementation of crop diversification in value chains and policy-related issues.
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