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SOLMACC: Climate-friendly practices applied
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2016 has been a successful and very interesting year for the SOLMACC project, Ann-Kathrin Trappenberg the IFOAM EU/
SOLMACC project coordinator writes in a newsletter. The 12 farmers in Sweden, Germany and Italy continue to implement the climate-friendly practices on their farms and 5 of them opened their doors to other farmers, farm advisors and policy makers to demonstrate and discuss their work on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Furthermore,the project partner FiBL analysed data from all 12 farms and presented first results on how the practices help farmers to save greenhouse gas emissions. In first assessments, some of the SOLMACC climate-friendly farming practices show a great potential to reduce GHG emissions up to 15% on organic farms.
Next to the practical implementation on the farms,SOLMACC have also increased its advocacy work which aims at providing the right policy framework for climate-friendly and sustainable farming. Part of these efforts was an event on “How can the CAP drive climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agriculture sector?” in November.
"Our work for more climate-friendly farming will continue in the next years with more events and publications", writes Ann-Kathrin Trappenberg. SOLMACC will, for example, be part of a BioFach session on practical research on climate change in organic agriculture.
Climate-friendly practices applied: optimized crop rotations
In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the farms, SOLMACC farmers implement different changes in their crop rotation systems, including an increased share of grain legumes and increasing forage legumes/grass-legume leys.