Carbon Farming CE

Project overview

Development of Carbon Farming in the Central Europe

Carbon farming is the process of changing agricultural practices to increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil, or to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. It has huge potential but is still underused in central Europe. The Carbon Farming – CE project wants to change this and make regions more familiar with the concept. The partnership adapts and tests various techniques and business models and develops a monitoring tool for transnational, standardised carbon sequestration.

2,25m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

9

Countries

9

Regions

11

Partners

7

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

43%

Project partnership

Project partners

Slovenija (SI)

Lead partner

Agricultural Institute of Slovenia

Address
Hacquetova ulica 17
1000 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://www.kis.si/

Project partner

Address
Koritno 67
4260 Bled
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
www.isd.si
Total partner budget
197,400 €
Knowledge Transfer Division (vocational training, adult education and farm advisory unit of GAK)
Address
Páter Károly út 1
2103 Gödöllő
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.gak.hu
Total partner budget
212,800 €
Address
Via dell’Arrigoni 120
47522 Cesena
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.rinova.eu
Total partner budget
194,750 €
DEPARTMENT OF BIOECONOMY AND SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
Address
CZARTORYSKICH 8
24-100 PULAWY
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
https://en.iung.pl/
Total partner budget
181,560 €
Address
Esslinger Hauptstrasse 132-134
A-1220 Vienna
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.bioforschung.at
Total partner budget
203,700 €
Address
Oravska 3/A
821 09 Bratislava
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.no-gravity.sk
Total partner budget
207,925 €
Department of Forage Crops Breeding and Genetics
Address
Juzno predgradje 17
31000 Osijek
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
https://www.poljinos.hr
Total partner budget
215,750 €
Agricultural Chemistry and Pedology Units
Address
Via G Fanin 44
40127 Bologna
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
https://distal.unibo.it/
Total partner budget
165,200 €
Address
Eichethof 1
D 85411 Hohenkammer
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.naturland-beratung.de
Total partner budget
214,900 €
Department of Agronomy
Address
Zahradní 1
66441 Troubsko
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
www.vupt.cz
Total partner budget
183,120 €

Roadmap

1

Challenge

Embarking on the journey towards climate neutrality, our challenge lies in the innovative transformation of agriculture. Our mission is to contribute significantly by developing unique solutions for capturing CO2 from the air and seamlessly deploying it into the soil. The focal point of this challenge involves introducing and fostering the widespread adoption of "carbon farming" practices, crafting a dynamic business model, implementing effective monitoring solutions, and formulating policies dedicated to storing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) as soil organic carbon (SOC).

2

Testing carbon farming techniques

We will test 6 different carbon farming techniques in 9 CE countries and develop a transnational guide for carbon farming techniques as a solution for mainstreaming for 45 farmers.

3

Testing of carbon farming business models

Evaluation of 5 types of carbon farming business models in the 9 Central European countries. Using the test results to develop transnational practices for carbon farming business models and upscaling of successful models.

4

Carbon farming mainstreaming

Develop a standardized monitoring methodology for carbon sequestration and measures to promote carbon farming policies to achieve broad acceptance and implementation.

News

Events

Pilot actions

Outputs

Carbon Sequestration Monitoring Methodology

The Carbon Farming CE project's Deliverable 3.2.1, tied to Activity 3.2, aims to standardize the monitoring of carbon sequestration in agriculture. The document serves as a roadmap for measuring soil carbon (C) improvements using various carbon farming methods. Soil organic carbon (SOC), the primary form of carbon in soils, offers multiple benefits such as offsetting emissions, restoring soil function, enhancing resilience, and boosting agricultural productivity and food security. The guide details methods for evaluating increases in SOC and soil quality, which contribute to these benefits. It presents a dual approach for monitoring: a straightforward visual soil assessment (VSA) for farmers and a more detailed method involving carbon stock and soil enzyme analysis for formal audits. Each method's advantages and disadvantages are discussed to help stakeholders choose the most suitable option. Designed to be user-friendly, the material includes summaries and clear explanations, with citations for those wishing to delve deeper into the subject.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Transnational Carbon Farming Material For Farmers

The "Carbon Farming CE" project's Deliverable 3.2.1 is part of a broader effort to standardize carbon sequestration monitoring in agriculture. This section focuses on providing a comprehensive guide for monitoring soil organic carbon (SOC) enhancements achieved through carbon farming techniques. The document outlines different strategies for tracking increases in SOC and overall soil quality, vital for improving soil function, resilience, agricultural productivity, and food security. It includes a simple visual assessment method for farmers and a more detailed approach involving carbon stock quantification and soil enzyme activities for professional audits. The material is designed to be accessible, with clear explanations and visual summaries, making it practical for both farmers and policymakers interested in promoting SOC sequestration.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Carbon Farming Business Model Approach Guide

Deliverable D.2.1.1 of the Carbon Farming business model approach guide is part of Work Package 2, focused on piloting a carbon farming cooperation model across nine Central European countries. This effort aims to develop and upscale transnational carbon farming business model procedures. By identifying, developing, and testing various cooperation models, the project seeks to engage a wide range of stakeholders including farmers, SMEs, NGOs, public institutions, decision makers, and agriculture support institutions. The primary objective is to influence stakeholder behavior towards adopting carbon farming methods for effective carbon sequestration. Carbon farming plays a critical role in reversing soil degradation, enhancing biodiversity, securing food supply, and mitigating climate change. While the benefits of carbon sequestration are well-documented in scientific literature, its practical application remains limited. The project intends to demonstrate these benefits more broadly, serving as a catalyst for future initiatives and raising awareness among economic actors, authorities, and consumers about the significant potential of integrating carbon farming into agricultural and food production processes.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Carbon Farming Monitoring Strategy Roadmap

This essential guide is designed for farmers, agronomists, field technicians, and researchers committed to sustainable agriculture and soil health improvement. Here, you will find detailed methodologies and strategies to assess soil quality based on crop performance and key soil conditions related to Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) storage capacity. This roadmap provides insights into the current soil carbon storage, soil functionality in relation to carbon and nitrogen cycles, and practical applications. It's recognized worldwide for its user-friendly approach and reliability, with existing reference values that enhance understanding across various agricultural practices. Despite its extensive applications, the document also discusses potential challenges, such as the need for specialized knowledge in interpreting certain data and the slow changes in SOC levels. Explore this page to download the full roadmap, access helpful references, and read additional insights on how this strategy can be effectively implemented to yield tangible benefits for both the environment and agricultural productivity.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Output number 1.1 - Pilot testing carbon farming techniques

Carbon farming techniques will be tested for two summer seasons. First growing season 9 partners will test 3 techniques each.Testing will be followed by transnational peer review, lessons learned and up voting. Second season 9 partners will trans-nationally rotate CF techniques taking best up voted technique from the other country considering CO2 sequestration and climate conditions.Output will be transnational test report and will be baseline for carbon farming solution.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

Output number 1.2 - CE guide for carbon farming techniques to minimize CO2 and improve soil quality

Based on testing 6 carbon farming techniques the most promising techniques will be collected in the tool named “CE Guide for Carbon Farming Techniques”. The guide will consist of step-by-step procedures for carbon farming in CE and will be used by farmers and agriculture advisors. The guide will consist of written instructions carbon farming including power point for agriculture advisors and explanatory video guide. It will be available online.
Type of output: Solutions
In development

Output number 2.1 - Pilot testing carbon farming business models

Carbon farming business model will be trans-nationally tested on five different stakeholder groups. After testing, transnational peer review consisting of transnational experts will be performed, focusing on development of transnational procedures for creation of carbon farming business model. Output will be baseline for carbon farming business model procedure considering environmental, social and business aspectes.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Output number 2.2 - Carbon farming business model procedures

Carbon farming business model procedures will be guide for agriculture service and farmers how to approach creation of carbon farming business models. It will be designed as easy-to-understand step-by-step guide. It will include sustainability verification model with simple CO2 sequestration assessment and socio-economic impact business model. Output will be ready for national upscaling and transnational transferring.
Type of output: Solutions
In development

Output number 3.1 - Strategy and action plan for mainstreaming of carbon farming

Strategy will define vision of carbon farming in CE while action plan will provide guide for agriculture advisors about concrete services, timeline, solutions and benefits of carbon farming, financial aspects and monitoring of carbon farming results including sustainability indicators and CO2 sequestration modelling. They will aim at greater uptake of project outputs as well policy acceptance of carbon farming as agricultural contribution to fight climate change.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

Output number 3.2 - Partners and associated partners cooperating togather

11 Partners and 15 associated partners signing partnership agreement and working together.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Antoaneta Golemanova Kuhar
Phone: +386 (0)1 280 51 03

Finance Manager

Lea Mlekuš
Phone: +386 (0)41 373 220

Communication Manager

Špela Kodre
Phone: +386 (0)51 275 800