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Dear readers,

After five fruitful years, the SOLMACC project is coming to an end. The farmers and partners involved have gained priceless knowledge and were able to transmit this knowledge to other farmers, advisors, students, policy-makers, and to other citizens from Europe and beyond. This participatory knowledge-building process and its active dissemination, which was at the core of the SOLMACC project, inspired others and contributed to greater policy support for food and farming actors tackling climate change.

The project demonstrated the economic viability and the great potential of innovative farming practices to contribute to achieving the EU’s objectives on climate change. Throughout the implementation of SOLMACC, we have seen that many different options exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the farm-level, and at the same time contribute to farmers’ adaptation capacity and economic stability.

It is also clear that if we want to achieve climate change mitigation goals in line with the recently ratified Paris Agreement further efforts from all stakeholders are required. This specifically means that farmers cannot be left alone with the burden of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Farmers need to be supported financially by policy instruments such as the Common Agricultural Policy, but also by consumers.

Finally, to ensure that climate-friendly practices are implemented widely throughout Europe and beyond, it is crucial to dedicate further funding for projects that communicate and disseminate existing knowledge, support the co-construction of new knowledge, and allow for an exchange of information.

In this final issue of the SOLMACC newsletter, we share with you the latest publications communicating the results achieved, while giving you a peak into the events of 2018. We hope that by learning more about SOLMACC, we will inspire our readers to consider the manifold solutions available to tackle climate change within in agriculture sector, in Europe and beyond, to ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Eric Gall
Policy Manager, IFOAM EU



Open field day on the Körslätt farm in Sweden in July

Demonstrating climate-friendly practices: Open field days of 2018

All twelve SOLMACC farmers hosted an open-field say on their farms in 2018. As it is the last year of the project, the events focused on sharing lessons learned and the benefits of implementing climate-friendly practices for the last five years. A myriad of visitors gathered, including farmers, advisors and students, leading to a rich exchange of knowledge.

Find out more about our demonstration farms and the outcomes of 2018 open field days.

Photo: Open field day on the Körslätt farm in Sweden in July
© Kristina Hansen

SOLMACC videos on best practices

New videos featuring SOLMACC farmers

Four videos have been created by the SOLMACC team on the climate-friendly practices being implemented on the twelve demonstration farms. Each video has SOLMACC farmers explaining the practices put in place during the project, highlighting the positive effects observed. For each practice, Lin Bautze, the scientific coordinator, also explains the benefits of the practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Watch the videos on the SOLMACC website.


Learn about SOLMACC’s results: final publications

Two new publications are now available on the SOLMACC website:

  • The Layman’s report gives an overview of the project and results achieved during the last five year and is suitable for all audiences;
  • The Practitioner’s Manual is ideal for farmers, advisors and other farming actors who wish to learn about the details of the climate-friendly practices implemented on SOLMACC’s demonstration farms.
SOLMACC Policy recommendations cover

Advocacy action

In order to have wider impact, the SOLMACC project also aimed to contribute to improved policy that would lead to great climate change mitigation and adaptation action from food and farming actors. Policy recommendations have therefore been formulated to help achieve this goal. An advocacy leaflet is also now available, outlining the key messages for tackling climate change within the agriculture sector.

SOLMACC farmer Kjell Sjelin presenting at the final event in Brussels

SOLMACC events in 2018

This year, the SOLMACC team organized two major events where projects results were presented and that led to fruitful discussions among the wider public as well as farmers and policy makers:

  • A public seminar was organized at BIOFACH in February 2018 in Nurnberg, Germany, focusing on the role of organic farming in the fight against climate change and the solutions that SOLMACC provides;
  • A final conference took place in May in Brussels, bringing together all project partners, several advisors and farmers, EU and national level policy-makers, students, and civil society representatives. Project results were presented, and a panel discussion took place around the future Common Agriculture Policy and the possibilities to support climate-friendly farming.

Find out more by checking the presentations from our events.

Photo: SOLMACC farmer Kjell Sjelin presenting at the final event in Brussels
© Tsvetelina Palatovska


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