Biocyclic Vegan International is a broad network of associations, private individuals, companies and institutions with the common objective to establish and promote a sustainable, closed loop and vegan oriented form of organic farming by introducing the biocyclic vegan principles in all areas of agriculture and food production. Through its member associations in various countries, the network advises growers on the conversion to biocyclic vegan farming and raises public awareness of the benefits of this form of cultivation. In addition, it participates in research projects on humus accumulation and sustainable soil fertility increase through the use of biocyclic humus soil on a purely plant-based basis. The legal foundation of the International Biocyclic Vegan Network is the Berlin-based not-for-profit company Adolf-Hoops-Gesellschaft mbH who is the editor of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and the owner of the Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal.
Ploutos is an EU-funded project, which is comprised by 33 partners and aims to rebalance the agri-food value chain and enhance its economic, social and environmental sustainability. In order to achieve this, the project will develop a Sustainable Innovation Framework, which will follow a systemic approach to the agri-food sector and build on a combination of behavioural innovation, collaborative business models and data-driven technological services. Based on this Framework, Ploutos will deploy 11 Sustainable Innovation Pilots throughout 13 European countries, where new innovation solutions and methodologies will be applied, tested, evaluated and practical lessons will be derived. Moreover, a virtual Innovation Academy will be set up, offering stakeholders the opportunity to attend a series of applied experiments and good practices related to the sustainability of the agri-food value chain. The Innovation Academy of Ploutos will be the mechanism for the design, support, presentation, and promotion of all the implemented innovations, ensuring their maximum impact. This will stand as the legacy of the project, integrating all the information and best practices that will transform the agri-food sector and make it more competitive, efficient and sustainable.
The Minnesota Soil Health Coalition is a farmer-led, farmer run non-profit organization focused on reducing inputs and increasing profits through farmer-driven conservation and education. It is a membership organization. The members can support soil health and enjoy the benefits of networking. Additionally, they can be the source of change in soil management, attend field days for free, access the mentor network, the specialist list, the Healthy Soils forum, and receive the monthly newsletter and information on soil health events. The Minnesota Soil Health Coalition works to promote large-scale adoption of soil health practices, unite conservation organizations and develop a soil health community.
UPSCALE is a H2020 Research & Innovation project worth €7.66 million, which started in November 2020 and lasts for 5 years. The project aims to take key steps to realize the transformative potential of push-pull technology by expanding its scope and applicability from individual fields to whole landscapes and regions, and from cereal to other important crops and cultivation systems. The overall goal is to address food security, livelihoods and climate change resilience in the sub-Saharan region of East Africa, while reducing the environmental impact of agricultural practices. For this, it will foster the design, adaptation and adoption of strategies for integrated agro-ecological management based on push-pull technology for wide-spread and climate-resilient sustainable intensification.
The Regeneration Academy is a young ambitious organization that works on the transition towards regenerative agriculture and entrepreneurship. By using education, R.A. gives young entrepreneurs and students the tools to become innovators in the field of regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration.
The Global Plant Council is a global coalition of plant science research organizations promoting plant science and highlighting its importance and impact on society. It provides an independent and inclusive forum to bring together those involved in plant research, training, and education.
Promote Pollinators, the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ on pollinators was founded at the end of 2016 in response to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. The assessment emphasises the threats that human activities pose to pollinators, and the key role pollinators play in the conservation of biological diversity, ecosystems, food production and the global economy. The first countries to join the Coalition were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Peru, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. By now (early 2022), Promote Pollinators has 30 member countries and 4 observers. Members of
Promote Pollinators sign a declaration and commit to taking action to protect pollinators and stop their decline, sharing experiences and lessons learned, seeking collaboration with stakeholders, developing research and supporting other members. Wikifarmer is one of the observers of the Coalition. Promote Pollinators supports members in developing national pollinator strategies through practical meetings and workshops. The coalition also shares knowledge with a wider network through a bi-monthly newsletter and regular webinars that are open to the public.
For over a century, The Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) has portrayed a diverse network of people who interact with each other in an attempt to generate knowledge, innovation and societal development. Thus, UFLA is proud of its striking path, which has ensured it an outstanding position in the national scenario. UFLA’s 500 hectare campus draws the visitors’ attention due to its modern infrastructure, embracing its 18 educational and scientific departments, more than 150 classrooms and 250 thematic laboratories fully equipped to ensure the student’s progress to cross the knowledge boundaries. Featured in the environmental field, UFLA develops programs that have been models for the entire state such as the Chemical Waste Management Plan for laboratories, the collected rainwater system, the structuring of its watersheds, the planting of 50,000 seedlings of 53 native and fruit species and UFLA Recycle campaign, which traded plastic cups for reusable mugs. All this commitment has ensured UFLA the first position among all Brazilian universities that competed in the Green Metric 2012 ranking, elaborated by the Universitas Indonesia (UI) in order to highlight the efforts in sustainability and environmental management in the campus of universities worldwide.
Azerbaijan State Agricultural University aims to develop systematized knowledge, skills, and habits, competitive agricultural specialists with modern thinking. The University is located in ancient Ganja, a modernized city while still preserving its great history. Azerbaijan State Agricultural University was established as a faculty in 1920 and became an independent higher education institution in 1929. The University offers studies at the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. Degree levels and many research opportunities. The education system of the university consists of Agronomy, Soil science and agrochemistry, Veterinary medicine, Zoo engineering, Engineering, Agrotechnology, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and management faculties, correspondence education division, and master training center. The university provides education in Azerbaijani, Russian and English languages for more than 6000 students from the different regions of the country and abroad. There are more than 300 foreign students from 11 countries of the world at Azerbaijan State Agricultural University. Modern and refurbished buildings, classrooms, labs, Veterinary clinic, Plant Clinic, Education and experimental farm (78.3 ha), scientific research centers, baseline libraries, and internships in innovative agribusiness companies provide high-quality education here.
Hawassa University, as one of the leading Universities in Ethiopia, has changed its research approach to cater for problem-solving and life-impacting thematic and disciplinary research outputs. It has a long history of success in collaborative research work and community services. Hawassa University leads many internationally and nationally-funded research and community service projects including those supported by NORAD, World Vision, Canada (IDRC, CIDA), DAAD (CLIFOOD), GIZ, Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, etc. The University also has immense collaboration experience in academic and research work with Universities in the country as well as a number of internationally known universities abroad. Having roots back in 1976, Hawassa University is currently fully committed to the provision of the three pillars of mandates given to higher academic institutions, which include research, technology transfer, and community services. The University has organized itself under seven colleges and three institutions offering trainings for more than 31274 undergraduate, 5283 Masters, and 255 Ph.D. level students under its regular and continuing education programs according to 2019/20 enrolment data.
RNBGU offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, integrated, and diploma courses in Agriculture, Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Management & Social Science for Educating Stars for tomorrow. The course and curriculum are in accordance with the UGC guidelines and keeping in mind, the international standards. The university is ranked high on various parameters by acclaimed bodies and is a recipient of various awards including the Best University in Rural India by ASSOCHAM in 2018, and Best Education Brands by The Economic Times in 2017 for internationally benchmarked curriculum, innovative pedagogy, and experiential learning.
Rice Science Center was established in 2005 at Kamphaeng Saen Campus, Kasetsart University. RSC is taking the major league in integrating science and technology to breed new climate-ready, nutrient-dense rice to fight double malnutrition and mitigate the effects of climate changes on sustainable crop cultivation in the near future.
Regeneration International is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems. The vision of the organization is a healthy global ecosystem in which practitioners of regenerative agriculture and land use, in concert with consumers, educators, business leaders and policymakers, cool the planet, feed the world and restore public health, prosperity and peace on a global scale.
Lendahand is a social enterprise where you can make your impact with crowdfunding. Our crowdfunding platform gives investors in Europe the chance to invest in entrepreneurs in emerging markets that don’t have access to the capital they desperately need. By providing debt financing to SMEs and financial institutions that have strong track records and proven business models, we’re able to help their businesses succeed and grow. As a result, they’re able to create new jobs and improve their local economies. These companies and institutions then repay our crowd with interest rates ranging from 3-7%. It’s a win-win for both parties in the truest sense. We’re helping fix the broken financial system in developing countries by providing a sustainable investment platform that our crowd of investors loves. Lendahand is also a certified B Corp. B Corporations are companies who are certified – after a thorough assessment – for meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Thought For Food® is the world’s entrepreneurial innovation engine for food and agriculture. We work with more than 30,000 next-generation leaders from over 175 countries, empowering them to generate and scale breakthrough business ventures that build sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems. Our comprehensive suite of next-gen innovation programs include the TFF Challenge®, an annual collaborative innovation prize competition; the TFF Digital Labs™, a digital startup accelerator and collaboration platform; the TFF Ac ademy™, an in-person incubation program for world-class startups; and the TFF Summit™, a flagship global event focused on bringing the voices of the next generation together with policy and business leaders to co-create solutions
The International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) is an organization that binds together all students worldwide that share a similar dream and ideals for agricultural and related sciences. Since its inception in 1957, IAAS has played a significant role in transforming the agricultural education world. This is manifested through its tireless effort exhibited through training and releasing to the different communities thousands of students and professionals with varying expertise that suit the biological sciences field. IAAS is a non-governmental youth organization independent of any international body, governmental or religious mandate, and has no political affiliation. The IAAS body has over 10,000 students who make up over 150 Local Committee representatives of their Faculties in more than 50 countries worldwide.