FABulous Farmers (where FAB stands for Functional Agrobiodiversity) is a new European project designed to support farmers in the transition to more agro-ecological practices on their farm. The project is active in in 5 countries (BE, NL, LUX, FR & UK) in a total of 12 pilot regions. FABulous Farmers aims to reduce the reliance on external inputs, like chemical fertilizers and pesticides, by increasing the use of functional agrobiodiversity (FAB). In this way, farmlands can improve their pollination, pest management, soil and water quality. The aim is to bring farmers together locally and to provide them with knowledge to introduce such agricultural practices. Other actors in the landscape (landowners, managers of the public green domain) are also a target group in the pilot areas. The project targets a variety of measures, each of which can make a (small) contribution to (more) agro-ecology in agriculture.
The farmers and other local actors involved are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas in networking sessions. ILVO supports the networks in the pilot areas and zooms in on the knowledge that farmers need. Demonstration fields are created to visualize the effects of a particular measure. Because the modified approach within agricultural production can be strengthened by similar adjustments in the management of the broader rural environment around the agricultural fields, ILVO also coordinates initiatives where e.g. municipalities, individuals or landowners plan to use FAB-enhancing effects. Finally, the local communities are also included in the FAB story through citizen science. Through various tools, ranging from apps to square-meter gardens, citizens together with farmers can follow the effects of the FAB measures applied.
Through the aforementioned networks around FAB (functional agrobiodiversity) we expect an accelerated implementation of FAB practices by farmers and other land managers. Existing and new knowledge and practical experiences on FAB are bundled, deepened and exchanged between farmers, scientists, citizens and policymakers in the 12 pilot areas spread across 5 countries. The results are then forwarded to policymakers to strengthen agricultural policy.
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|Effective start/end date||11/01/19 → 10/01/23|