EISA Annual Report 2014 published

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The European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) was founded with the common aim of developing and promoting Integrated Farming throughout Europe.

EISA members help create a better public understanding of agriculture through a network of demonstration farms and various other communication and demonstration activities. They bring farmers and consumers together to raise awareness of how farmers are working in harmony with nature to produce good, safe food and renewable resources with economic, environmental and social care.

The EISA Annual Report 2014 presents an overview on EISA’s and national EISA members’ activities as well as a brief description of the six associate members. If you are interested in receiving further information or in getting involved …
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Biodiversity in and with agriculture

BlühmischungIntegrated Farming Topic Sheet no 3 / 2015

Biodiversity – an underestimated treasure?
Biodiversity is commonly perceived as diversity of wild plant and animal species. However, in addition to all visible species of wild plants and animals, biodiversity also includes invisible and microscopic life – and thus also soil life – such as bacteria, fungi, algae and nematodes, to mention just a few. Furthermore, biodiversity includes all crops grown and all livestock kept on farms, the multitude of varieties within individual species, all different habitats as well as the multiple ecological services and interdependencies between species and habitats such as pollination for example. Biological diversity is a value as such… Read more

Crop Protection through Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Requirements and Opportunities

SA-IF-ICM-IPM-CubeIPM: Integrated Farming Topic Sheet no 2 / 2014

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the careful consideration of all available plant protection methods and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of populations of harmful organisms and keep the use of plant protection products and other forms of intervention to levels that are economically and ecologically justified and reduce or minimise risks to human health and the environment (Sustainable Use Directive, SUD, 2009). IPM is one important element of the holistic Integrated Farming approach… Read more

Focus on innovation and biodiversity: Successful EISA Farm Visit 2014

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Representatives of EISA members and farmers from Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg and Germany as well as the Dutch Skylark Foundation attended this year’s EISA Farm Visit to Bernburg-Strenzfeld (DLG Field Days) and Quellendorf (APH e.G. Hinsdorf GbR) in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Innovative trends in agriculture, in particular with regard to oil & protein crops, plant breeding, crop protection, remote reconnaissance and field robots, as well as measures to conserve and enhance biodiversity, were… Read more…

A closer look at Integrated Farming …

templatesIntegrated Farming (IF) is more than the sum of its individual parts: it is an holistic and systematic approach, which understands and focuses on the interactions between all management decisions and practices on a farm. It is a dynamic system, equally open for innovation and the best of tradition, with continuous opportunity for further improvement.

This set of sixteen single page documents highlights the contents of the eleven chapters of the EISA Integrated Farming Framework. The additional pages expand on related topics. With these key papers, EISA aims to contribute to a better understanding of the complex process of producing sufficient high-quality food while meeting the environmental and social challenges of sustainable development. Read more …

The production of this brochure was kindly supported by the associate EISA member Fertilizers Europe.

What IF

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An alliance of national organisations of seven European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Sweden and the UK), the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) was founded in May 2001 with the aim of developing and promoting sustainable farming systems, which are an essential element of sustainable development. Read more…

Potential for enhancing biodiversity

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Integrated Farming Topic Sheet no 1 / 2013

When enhancing biodiversity is on the agenda, agriculture is requested on a regular basis to take productive land out of production – and devote this area to biodiversity. There are, however, considerable areas which are neither used for agriculture, nor for industry, nor for settlements. These areas are “Eh da” – “land in hand” – and could be dedicated to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Not only with regard to the efficiency of resource use, this is a very promising approach. Read more…