Contact

Dr. Christian Gary
Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
UMR System
2 place Pierre Viala,
34060 Montpellier cedex 2
France
Tel. +33 4996 13050
Fax +33 4996 13034
christian.gary(at)supagro.inra.fr

Contact

Dr. Cesare Pacini
Senior Researcher
Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences
University of Florence (UNIFI-DISPAA)
Tel. tel: +39 055 275 5790
gaiocesare.pacini(at)unifi.it
Personal webpage

WP 7: Soil and plant management by farmers and farm prototyping

In a participatory approach with farmers, we will first diagnose the various dimensions of soil quality with indicators from WP2 to WP6. In a second step, we will prototype soil management strategies adapted to the farmers’ needs and then design on-station and on-farm experiments and use the models (WP6) for evaluation. Prototypes of organic soil management strategies will be assessed and improved in an iterative process with farmers. WP7 will produce easy-to-apply tools for farmers who want to assess soil fertility and help them to decide for improved crop and soil management.

The objectives of work package 7 are

  • To gather indicators, diagnosis tools, models, decision support systems available in the participant teams and produced by WP2 to WP6.
  • To prototype organic soil management strategies for annual and perennial crops with farmers.
  • To assess on-station and on-farm the operational effectiveness of the tools and models and the sustaina-bility of the prototypes of soil management strategies.

Contact

  • Work package coordinator: Dr. Christian Gary, Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France
  • Co-coordinator: Dr. Cesare Pacini, University of Florence, Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences (DISPAA), Italy

Tasks

  • Task 7.1: Indicators and tools for the assessment and design of organic soil and crop management strategies.
  • Task 7.2: Participatory design of organic soil and crop management strategies.

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