Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Solibam, a European research program on organic agriculture coordinated by the INRA

Solibam is a European research programme coordinated by the INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique), involving 22 public and private partners, including 10 European countries, 2 countries in Africa and an international research center. Objective: improve the performance of organic agriculture in terms of yields, but also sustainability, diversity of cultures and product quality. This major programme has a budget of 7.7 million euros, out of which 5.9 million is provided by the European Commission.

The European research project SOLIBAM was launched on 12 March 2010 in Nice. SOLIBAM will develop specific and novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve the sustainability, quality, performance and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems, in their diversity in Europe and taking into account small-scale farms in Africa.

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