With financial support from:
The CropExplore for Farmers project is mapping the potential of more than 200 arable crops within the Flemish bioeconomy with deder, yacon and hemp as demonstration cases.
Suppose you want to bet as a grower on crop diversification by adding a new crop to your rotation. But how do you decide which crop this will be? And what is the most suitable variety to start with? There is also a clear need from the processing industry due to the current crises to work with more sustainable raw materials, to opt for zero-waste production and to reduce dependence on foreign countries. But which raw materials then have the greatest potential?
Today, it is not easy to answer these questions. Indeed, knowledge about new crops that have potential within the Flemish bioeconomy is highly fragmented and nowhere to be seen at a glance. This makes it very difficult for growers to compare two potential crops and make the right choice, but also for the food industry and other sectors to find the right opportunities.
CropExplore for Farmers (CEF) is an agricultural (LA) project and moreover a cross-sector (inter-cluster) project with the aim to inspire and encourage farmers to grow new crops that have a potential within the Flemish bioeconomy.
Concretely, we want to achieve this goal by:
Farmers are the primary target group of the CropExplore for Farmers project. More specifically, this refers to arable farms active in conventional or organic cultivation.
This project is also relevant for the processing industry and this from different sectors within the bioeconomy. By stimulating the cultivation of new raw materials, the processing industry can focus more on product innovations with locally grown raw materials. Hence, companies within the Flemish food and beverage industry and the chemicals and plastics sector also belong to the target group of this project.
Flanders' FOOD manages and coordinates the project. Implementation is in the hands of:
CropExplore for Farmers were recognized as a cluster project within the Flemish Bioeconomy Policy Plan.
The CropExplore for Farmers project started on 01/01/2023 and will continue until 31/12/2025 (project duration 3 years). Until then, participation is possible. Afterwards, results can be requested (subject to payment).