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ICROFS NEWS, April 2016

Beefarm: Meeting the complex challenges of food and lodging to wild bees
Researchers and 18 fruit growers and seed producers try to develop a simple tool to assist farmers in improving living conditions for wild bees. The project has found a total of more than 40 species of solitary bees in fruit farms with varying abundance and diversity in the individual farm.

Mortality among organic dairy calves to be reduced
In the new RDD 2.2 project ViOrCa, an alliance of six organic farmers and scientists from Aarhus University is set to develop new methods for the housing and feeding of calves to reduce the high mortality rate in organic cattle herds.

Greater biological N fixation requires good management
Leguminous green manure, cover crops and grain legumes can provide substantial nitrogen (N) inputs to cropping systems and thus substitute needs for imports in fertilizers or manure. However, climatic and soil conditions seem to be the most determining factors for the nitrogen contribution of legume components.

Old cabbage and beetroot varieties get a new lease of life
The organic research project MOVE will be studying how the seeds of old vegetable varieties with interesting properties can be made available to hobby growers and organic farmers.

Food and nutrition security from an agro-ecological and organic perspective
The potential role of organic and agro-ecological farming to feed the world in the twenty-first century is one the themes in the new publication "Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security" .

IFOAM EU: Food and farming can be transformed through organics
IFOAM 10th EU congress in Amsterdam April 5-7 focused on how organic and agro-ecological approaches can lead future agri-food systems and be a valid tool for the EU to address political, environmental and societal challenges.

19th Organic World Congress: Call for Papers is now open
Every three years stakeholders come together at the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering to discuss and deliberate the issues of the day.
The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, taking place from 09 - 11 November 2017 in India, now opens its call for papers.


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