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Research programmes, projects and facilities

During the last decade a number of national research programmes and projects in organic farming have emerged. There is already a lot of scattered information available, however the programmes are often very different, which makes it difficult to compare or utilize information on a wider scale. This hinders the achievement of a critical mass necessary for technical advancements and break-through.

There is thus a need for systematic collection and storage of information for common, which can provide the starting point for a deeper analysis of gaps and overlaps in the current activities from which ideas for potential future cooperation can be developed.

A common open source project database will be established in order to systematically store data on programmes, projects and facilities in each participating country. Criteria for defining the kind of research projects to be included in the databases will be established. Links to existing national databases and internet portals will by made and the user interface will allow national and continuously updating.

First step in this task is to collect, check, and storage all relevant information in the common database. In addition to field-tested enquiries a fruitful source to get current and consistent information is the analysis and interpretation of project presentations held on scientific symposiums and conferences within organic farming.

Construction of the database will be finalized in August 2005. The database will be operational from the beginning of 2006.

Related work

One of the objectives of the EU supported research programme Organic Revision is to make a public web-based database of differences between the major organic standards of Europe and other relevant standards in relation to EEC Reg. 2092/91.

Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming