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ClieNFarms is a 4-year Innovation Action project funded by the European Commission to support the European Green Deal. The general aimof ClieNFarms is to co-develop and upscale systemic locally relevant solutions to reach climate neutral and climate resilient sustainable farms across Europe.

Supporting the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy and contributing to the achievement of its objectives, the ClieNFarms project aims to demonstrate, evaluate, and improve technical, organisational and financial solutions at the farm level that will contribute to achieving climate-neutrality of European agriculture by 2050. This will be done by a multi-actor approach, interactively integrating, and improving existing solutions to achieve economically viable business models in farming systems by involving farmers, extension services, agri-food business, policymakers, finance and citizens. These solutions will be disseminated, and young farmers will be targeted through capacity building.

ClieNFarms scope is based on a demonstration approach through a case-study structure that will allow a strong empowerment of farmers and supply chain accompanied by a smooth dissemination and replication of the tested innovations. These are called the I3S (Innovative Systemic Solutions Space), 20 demonstration case studies where systemic innovative solutions will be tested and evaluated using up-to-date modelling approaches and multicriteria assessment tools. With a diversity of the production systems (crops, cattle, dairy, special crop productions, etc) and geographical situations (from East to West and North to South of Europe, plus one in New-Zealand), the goal of I3S is to develop business models that ensure the financial sustainability of the solutions, with an upscaling methodology.

The project is vastly innovative as aims to:

  • Integrate different solutions to embrace mixed crop farming systems and animal production;

  • Account for biogeophysical effects associated with changes in management practices in order to promote the synergies between the biogeochemical effects and the biogeophysical effects;

  • Move from farm level to (eco)system level either through farm networks or by involving supply chains in a multi-actor designed process;

  • Validate integrative solutions and to develop the required financial incentives to engage farmers in the required transition.

A consortium of 33 partners lead by INRARE will interactively integrate and improve existing solutions to achieve economically viable business models in farming systems through a multi-actor approach.

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