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SOLMACC NEWSLETTER #8
 
 
 


Dear readers,

Climate-friendly farming has a wide array of benefits that span beyond mitigation. On one hand, introducing certain practices such as agroforestry and reduced tillage can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore, help to keep global warming below 2°C. However, these practices can also help farmers to adapt to the effects of a changing climate, which is already happening, and offer additional socio-economic advantages.

Some wider benefits such as greater resilience to water stress or higher water holding capacity of the soil are not always easily noticed in farmers' daily work, however they can be observed long-term. In 2017, many SOLMACC farmers had seen a good harvest compared to their previous yields, but also compared to other farms in their region. While the crops on some other farms suffered from insufficient rain, the SOLMACC measures such as mulching, low tillage or applying compost demonstrated their positive effects by lowering the water stress and allowing crops to grow.

Climate-friendly farming demonstrates that food security is not necessarily about the absolute highest yields. It is also about lowering the multitude of risks faced by farmers by adapting to a changing environment.

In 2017, the SOLMACC team developed a brochure on socio-economic strategies in 4 languages to share solutions for viable climate-friendly farming with a wider public. Furthermore, we held a workshop to assess which policy changes are needed to support climate-friendly farming in Europe and ensure a greater uptake of innovative and beneficial practices.

2018 will be the final year of the SOLMACC project and we are looking forward to many exciting events and publications: SOLMACC will be presented at a BioFach session, every SOLMACC farm will hold a final open field day to demonstrate the impact applying innovative practices, we will hold a public event in May, and we will also publish a practitioners’ manual to ensure greater uptake of climate-friendly farming.

Cordially,
Sigrid Griese
Bioland Beratung
 

 
 

 

 
 
Participants of the field day at Biolandhof Pfänder, a SOLMACC farm in Germany
 

Climate-friendly practices applied: Open field days in 2017


Throughout 2017, farmers in Germany, Italy and Sweden have opened their doors for visitors to share knowledge about the SOLMACC practices being implemented on the farms and to engage in a discussion about climate-friendly farming. The practices included innovative composting and mulching techniques, agroforestry along vineyards, as well as optimized tillage systems. .

Learn more about our farmers and the climate-friendly farming practices they implement in our reports from the open field days in 2017.

Photo: Participants of the field day at Biolandhof Pfänder, a SOLMACC farm in Germany
© Sigrid Griese

 
 
SOLMACC's socio-economic brochure_2017
 

New SOLMACC publication: Socio-economic strategies for viable climate-friendly farming


A new brochure on socio-economic strategies for viable climate-friendly farming has been published by IFOAM EU together with Bioland, FiBL DE, AIAB and Ekologiska Lantbrukarna as part of the SOLMACC project. It outlines recommendations on making climate-friendly farming more economically viable and strategies for overcoming certain challenges such as shortfalls of information on climate-friendly farming techniques and the lack of political support.

The brochure is available in English, German, Italian and Swedish and can be found within the SOLMACC's toolbox. Go to www.solmacc.eu to learn more about farming practices that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and that are being applied on 12 demonstration farms in Germany, Italy and Sweden.

 
Ann-Kathrin Trappenberg presenting the SOLMACC project at the policy recommendations workshop in Brussels on 27 November 2017
 

Upscaling climate-friendly farming practices: SOLMACC expert policy recommendations workshop


On 27 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, 20 experts including policy makers, farmers and civil society representatives gathered to develop policy recommendations on making climate-friendly practices more mainstream in the EU agriculture and food sectors.

The workshop started with a presentation of the climate friendly practices being applied on 12 demonstration farms in Sweden, Germany and Italy, as part of the SOLMACC project. It was followed by diverse perspectives on agriculture’s contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation from Christine Muller (DG CLIMA), Sylvain Pellerin (INRA) and Ben Allen (IEEP). Their insight led to a discussion on overcoming existing bottlenecks and prioritising policy recommendations such as the adoption of a systemic approach to reducing GHG emissions from food production and better integration of climate change policies in agriculture and food sectors.

The workshop results will feed into a publication containing policy recommendations on how to better support climate-friendly farming in Europe. The recommendations will be published in spring 2018.

The presentations can be found on the SOLMACC website.

Photo: Ann-Kathrin Trappenberg presenting the SOLMACC project at the policy recommendations workshop in Brussels on 27 November 2017
© Artur Sikora

 
SOLMACC session Biofach 2018
 

BIOFACH 2018 seminar: Organic farming and climate change – potential for greater climate adaptation and mitigation for the EU’s agriculture


An event presenting SOLMACC will take place at BIOFACH 2018 on Thursday, 15 February from 10.00-10.45 in the Shanghai Room. The speakers Eric Gall (IFOAM EU), Lin Bautze (FiBL DE) and Ralf Mack (Bioland e.V.) will discuss the role of organic farming in the fight against climate change and specific farming practices that can provide both environmental and socio-economic benefits. The event draws on the experience of the SOLMACC project, presenting the results from the scientific monitoring that was done at the farms.

 
 

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