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Ökologischer Betrieb
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Ökologischer Betrieb
Institute of

BW Farm Economics


ALL-Ready - The European Agroecology Living Lab and Research Infrastructure Network: Preparation phase

Agricultural landscape in rural areas
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Agricultural landscape in rural areas

The European Agroecology Living Lab and Research Infrastructure Network: Preparation phase

Paving the way for agroecology in Europe

Background and Objective

Today, agricultural systems are facing multiple challenges, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, dwindling resources, degradation of soil and water quality. Agroecology can strengthen the sustainability and resilience of farming systems and thus contribute to addressing these challenges. Based on the premise that Open Innovation Arrangements and in particular Living Labs and Research Infrastructures are instruments that have large potential to contribute to amplifying agroecology in Europe, the main aim of the ALL-Ready project is to prepare a framework for a future European network of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures that will enable the transition towards agroecology throughout Europe.


ALL-Ready relies on a highly participatory and inclusive approach and on experimentation in real life situations and thus itself uses a living lab approach. An underpinning principle of the project is strong stakeholder engagement, which has begun in the preparation of this proposal. The project has 3 phases: an initial preparatory phase in which the vision, scope and mission for the Network are defined and the criteria for inclusion in the Network of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures as well as other forms of Open Innovation Arrangements are defined. This will enable the mapping of current and emerging LLs, RIs and OIAs across Europe and their characteristics, highlighting best cases. In a second phase, different prerequisites and activities for the future Network will be prepared ‘(sustainability, including funding, governance, capacity building, data and knowledge management). Plans for each of these will be constructed with stakeholders and then tested in a small-scale pilot network and then refined to match needs. Finally, the outcomes of the work will be communicated widely throughout Europe by a variety of mechanisms. One of the final outcomes of the project will be a pilot-tested Implementation Plan for implementing the validated framework of the Network, within Horizon Europe.

Involved external Thünen-Partners

  • Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement (INRAE)
    (Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier, Avignon, Ivry-sur-Seine, Clermont-Ferrand, Rennes, Thiverval-Grignon, Dijon, Orleans, Bordeaux, Frankreich)
  • Aarhus University
    (Aarhus, Tjele, Dänemark)
  • Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, (ILVO) [BE]
    (Oostende, Belgien)
  • Ecologic Institut
    (Berlin, Deutschland)
  • ÖMKi Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
    (Budapest, Ungarn)
  • European Landowners Organization
    (Brüssel, Belgien)
  • Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL)
    (Frick, Schweiz)
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    (Ottawa, Kanada)

Funding Body

  • European Union (EU)
    (international, öffentlich)


11.2020 - 10.2023

More Information

Project funding number: 101000349
Funding program: EU – Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge "Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy"
Project status: ongoing

Publications to the project

  1. 0

    Hvarregaard Thorsoe M, Iversen SV, De Notaris C, Trkulja I, Rodel Berg T, Fosselle S, Bijttebier J, Kohler E, Godel B, Avila Castuera JM, Jonasz G, Krywoszynska A, Schwarz G (2022) Drivers of agroecology transition : ALL-Ready Project Deliverable 2.3 : ALL-Ready - The European Agroecology, Living Lab and Research Infrastructure Network: preparation phase. 111 p

  2. 1

    Schwarz G, Hobeika M, Stojacic I, Göldel B, Perez RC (2022) Report on the added value of the European Network : ALL-Ready Project Deliverable 4.1. : ALL-Ready - The European Agroecology Living Lab and Research Infrastructure Network: preparation phase. 28 p, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7105206

  3. 2

    Schwarz G, Hobeika M, Stojacic I, Göldel B, Canio Perez R (2022) The added value of a European network of Agroecology Living Labs and research infrastructures : fact sheet for policy-makers, agroecology organizations and researchers [online]. Braunschweig: Thünen-Institut für Betriebswirtschaft, 2 p, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 04.01.2023], DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7447971

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