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Association de coordination technique pour l’industrie agroalimentaire

ACTIA is a non-profit organisation, created upon the joint initiative of the French Ministry of Agriculture and the French Ministry of Research in 1983, and grouping today 30 technical private and non-profit centres providing services to French industrial companies in food and drink sector.

With over 1000 skilled food technologists, and a total budget of 80 Millions of Euros, the 30 technical centres, members of ACTIA, have developed an international knowledge and expertise on all sectors of food industry and all technologies providing services to more than 75% of French food and drink companies. ACTIA Centres activities consist mainly in research and technology transfer for the companies they are supporting to better solve their problems and stimulate innovation. Due to the large covering of ACTIA network regarding French food and drinks companies, ACTIA is a good experienced partner, ensuring technology and knowledge transfer to companies, especially SMEs. ACTIA association is providing many services to its member technical centres aiming to increase their research and development capacity in order to maintain a high quality of services provided to industrial companies.

ADIV, technical centre member of ACTIA will participate actively in LegValue as third party of ACTIA. ADIV is the favourite partners of professionals from the meat and meat products sector for innovation and development. It is one of the most important technical centres for food Industry, the only one which activities cover all species (bovine, porcine ovine and poultry) from the slaughtering to the consumption. With 33 engineers and technicians, ADIV has competencies in the main strategic fields of the meat sector: Process Engineering, Technology and Product Quality; Hygiene and Safety; Nutrition and Health; Environment; Technical-economics, Pre-engineering and Training. Each year, ADIV runs or takes part in more than 50 R&D cooperation projects (national and European ones), thus it develops privileged relations with Research and Development world, and keeps a high level of expertise. Companies can benefit from this expertise through technology transfers. These transfer take the form of customized services (SMEs mainly) as continuing education, technical supports and research programs. Each year, ADIV carries out about 150 contracts of this kind. ADIV has considerable and wide ranging technical means: an EC accredited trials platform (1,000 m²), a nutritional workshop, a robotic unit, a microbiology laboratory, a physicochemical laboratory, and a P2+ laboratory where challenge tests are carried out. This P2+ laboratory is equipped with pilot materials which can reproduce the different unit-based working methods of meat products in controlled industrial conditions. Thus, our centre regularly carries out growth tests on food for industrial meat companies.

Expertise in relation to the topic

ACTIA expertise is including nutrition of food products and new proteins sources as well as innovation and creation of new food products.

Role in the project

ACTIA will contribute to a case study on value chain analysis related to a French SME (NUTRINAT) producing legume-based food products (Task 2.1). It will perform dissemination activities of LEGVALUE especially communication targeting food industry in Europe (Tasks 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4).

ADIV will perform a study of competitiveness between animal and plant proteins, for the implementation of a transitional food model in response to the needs in proteins of European populations including an analysis of the market environment as well as the development of a design brief for bi-sourced protein food. (Task 2.2 and Task 2.3).

Key persons involved

Key persons from ACTIA

Christophe Cotillon (M) - Food Engineer.

Antoine Kieffer (M) - Food Engineer. 

Key persons from ADIV

Laurent Picgirard (M) - Food Engineer. 

Emilie PARAFITA (F) - Food Engineer. 

Valérie Scislowski (F) - Phd. 

Claudine VIGIER SOUVIGNET (F) - Training Agro Engineer 


RSK ADAS Ltd ,(ADAS)is a consultancy providing independent, science-based environmental research and consultancy to the land-based sector. It works extensively with farmers, the food supply chain and policymakers on farm production and its interaction with the environment. Established for over 65 years, our strong scientific and research skills provide us with an evidence base on which we are able to deliver real solutions to our clients. Through our experienced specialist consultants, we deliver specific, strategic and policy advice, as well as applied/strategic R&D. ADAS was historically an extension service and has maintained and built on its contacts with the farming and food industry including links to wider land management uses for other ecosystem services. ADAS plays a significant role in delivering public programmes to farmers and land managers across England and Wales and has extensive networks with advisors, agronomists and other intermediaries in the agricultural sector. Our industry connections are strong across all sectors working at a strategic level with many companies in the agricultural and horticultural supply chains both pre and post farm gate. In the supply industry we work with all the main seed producers, fertiliser and agrochemical manufacturers, feed companies and distributors. Post farm gate we are working with many consumer facing organisation including the main supermarkets and undertake a range of supplier engagement activity for corporates such as PepsiCo, Heineken and Kellogg. In 2013 ADAS set up an industry led Yield Enhancement Network which aims to work with farmers, industry and researchers to drive innovation in the industry. We also have excellent contacts with industry representation organisations and wider stakeholders.

Expertise in relation to the topic

ADAS works extensively on agricultural policy analysis and evaluation in order to meet competitiveness and environmental sustainability objectives. While this is mainly in a UK (and Ireland) context, the policies are closely linked to the Common Agricultural Policy and related directives. Much of the focus is to encourage uptake of skills and technology to deliver increased productivity but also to drive supply chain integration so that there are longer term demand drivers as well as shorter term policy incentives. Beyond regulation, policy relies on encouraging behavioural change so that farmers adopt new practices and technologies and this has been a key focus for our work which is relevant to LegValue.

ADAS is currently working with Roger Vickers at PGRO and others to set up a ‘Yield Enhancement Network’ for peas (to run alongside our cereal YEN and oilseed YEN). Productivity and particularly yield stability / reliability are crucial issues which compromise European pulse production, and hence the European protein shortfall. ADAS crop physiologists have strong expertise in understanding and the means of enhancing crop productivity, including of pulses. Through the new Pea-YEN we will be developing a yield model and method of yield analysis which enables the pea industry to identify specific likely causes of yield shortfalls (from potential yield) which will be applicable across Europe.

Role in Project

ADAS will contribute mainly to all tasks of WP4 and will lead T4.1, and also to WP5 but will contribute through expertise and comments across all the WPs. The ADAS policy team routinely map policy themes and objectives against industry practices and technologies to understand interactions and how these can be developed or managed.

Key Persons Involved

John Elliot - Head of Policy and Economics

Dr. Yiying Cao - Research economist

Dr. Carla Turner - Social researcher

Dr Elizabeth Whitworth - Modeller

Prof R Sylvester-Bradley - Head of Crop Performance

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • Defra Sustainable Intensification Platform Research Project 1: Integrated Farm Management for improved economic, environmental and social performance. (National, 2014-2017). Consortium works on interventions and metrics for sustainably intensive and productive agriculture, including the use of legumes. A suite of metrics and indicators were developed and might be used to identify and monitor the sustainability of farming systems; to evidence the public intervention with regulations and incentives.
  • Review of evidence to support decision makers in the agriculture and land use sector together with the wider foodchain in delivering emission reductions and improved climate change resilience. (Welsh Government, 2014). Using expert scientific evidence and the knowledge and views of industry stakeholders to inform and provide recommendations (practical and implementable) for policy intervention.
  • Analysis of the costs and benefits of control measures for reduction of Campylobacter in broiler meat at different stages of the food chain (EC Commission, 2012). The project developed a cost/benefit model (measuring cost, uptake, efficacy, health benefits and impacts on trade). The costs and benefits detailed in the bio-economic model can be used to inform the policy analysis. It aims at addressing a public policy issue through industry actions which invariable added cost to production.
  • The Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) exists to encourage any organisation or individual who is striving to close the gap between current yields and potential yields. YEN is run entirely with industry sponsorship and membership fees. This project evidences ADAS’s knowledge of and interest in the opportunity to increase crop yields by looking at best practice in the industry. Through the new Pea-YEN we will be developing a yield model and method of yield analysis.
  • Defra (2014) the impact of proposed CAP reforms on farmers’ behaviour. Working with stakeholders, advisors, agents and farmers to test responses to the CAP reform post-2014 using a workshop, consultations and focus groups. ADAS’ expertise in designing and interpreting to inform policy is key for success in the LegValue project.

AICF – Agro Inovação S.A., founded in 2013, is a Portuguese company focused on the agricultural industry dedicated to the production and commercialization of protein crops, oilseeds and other destined for human consumption.

We began activity in research and production of Stevia culture, in order to extract from this a natural sweetener for use in the food industry and replace the aspartame product base. Besides Stevia we noted that the vegetable protein deficit for human consumption stood at extremely worrying figures, so we started in the production and commercialization of grain legumes. We initiate ourselves in chickpea crop on an area of ​​100 ha and on the agricultural campaign 2015/2016 we have around 800 ha occupied with this culture.

In this agricultural campaign we also initiated the cowpea production for human consumption.

The Agro Inovação S.A.’s philosophy is based on import substitution in the agricultural products in deficit, in other words, we only produce what we import and so we relate ourselves in the national market areas that are loss-making.

Expertise in relation to the topic

The AICF is a company that makes the production and commercialization of grain legumes and intends to expand the range from this type of crops.

We make the chickpea production and will start cowpea production. With the production of these crops under contract we have an organized farmer’s network that allows us to continue production of these crops, allowing its commercialization and supply the food industry.

Agro Inovação S.A. seeks to develop among farmers a technical follow-up work and monitoring from sowing to harvesting these crops, and that our technical try to be aware of recent investigations in this area of study in order to apply in the field knowledge obtained.

We work in partnership with cooperatives and organizations of national producers with whom we have established production contracts. With these contracts we guarantee a fixed price to producers and the flow of total production.

We believe in grain legumes cultures because they are crops with great interest agronomic, nutritional and economic.

Role in the project

AICF is involved in the production and commercialization of grain legumes, and will contribute mainly to WP1 by providing a farm network and to WP2 (Value chain). AICF will participate in WP4 with INIA for Portugal and potentially for Spain, in WP5 and WP6 with support of farmers. AICF will provide its expertise as an SME involved in processed legumes for food and feed.

Key persons involved

Carlos Pereira (M) is agricultural engineer with Master's degree in agricultural engineering from university of Évora. It belongs to the production department.

Diogo Carvalho (M), is agricultural engineer with Master's degree in agricultural engineering from university of Évora. It belongs to the production department.

Marco Duarte (M) is a responsible for the financial department.

Tiago Pinto (M) is agricultural engineer with graduation in agronomy from University of Évora. It belongs to the production department.

Relevant infrastructure

AICF benefits of portfolio farmers, an experienced agriculture technical staff and close contact with the food industry.


The French Chambers of Agriculture were founded in 1924. They are self-governing public bodies, managed by elected representatives from the agriculture sectors. The French Chambers of Agriculture work as a decentralized network comprising 88 Chambers of Agriculture at district level (“département"), 21 regional Chambers of Agriculture, and the APCA and the academic institute ESITPA at a national level. The Chambers have about 8 000 permanent staff.

The Chambers of Agriculture are involved in nearly all agricultural sectors: plant and animal production; agricultural economics; farm management and strategy; local food products (production, processing and marketing); rural development and local planning; environment and management of natural resources; agricultural and rural policies. In these various sectors, their activities include information, advice, training, experimentation and demonstration, supporting groups of farmers (~1800 permanent groups), follow-up of “reference farms” (~3000), expertise and studies, project co-ordination, and communication.

For many years, the Chambers of Agriculture have been supporting farmers in optimising practices in crops’ productions and in developing new value chains involving stakeholders in the value chains and in territories. Their main areas of expertise include: crop protection, crop fertilisation, means to reduce chemicals, diversification of crop production, livestock management and food supply, management of trial to produce new references, and mobilization of the local network of stakeholders.

Expertise in relation to the topic

Chambers of agriculture as an advice’s organism had a wide expertise in the development of new practices among the farmers, in relation with all kind of stakeholders involved in value chains or in territories. With a view to produce references and to demonstrate to the farmers, Chamber of agriculture also realised field trials, and develop famer’s network to produce references and to profit from the collective production.

Legume crops are part of the subjects studied by Chambers of agriculture, for different objectives: development of a new value chain as a diversification of the production (adaptation of the new crop to the local pedoclimatic conditions, needs of new infrastructures, new organisation of groups of producers…), agroecological services at the plot or the rotation level (nitrogen fixation, soil biodiversity, greenhouse gas mitigation,…), protein autonomy in animal systems…

Role in the project

CRAN will provide seven farm networks to produce references for LEGVALUE project. CRAN will be a major contributor for WP1 and WP2. Indeed, we will be able to collect and synthetize references from all the farmer networks and value chains provided to the project. CRAN expertise in animation of farmers’ group will also give us a major place in the communication (WP6) of the results of the project targeted to the farmers. CRAN will participate in WP4 with the political bodies through the elected farmers who run Chambers of Agriculture and who sit in different political bodies.

Key persons involved

VITTE Guillaume (M) - Agricultural engineer

HENAUT-RAOULT Yaëlle (F) - Agricultural engineer

D’HUBERT François (M) - Agricultural engineer

HIRISSOU François (M) - Engineer.

TOURNADE Jacques (M) - Agronomic engineer

GUERLESQUIN Jacques-Yves (M) - Advisor

BIDAULT Marie Christine (F)  - Engineer 

ALLIES Alain (M) - Adviser

MASSEBEUF Mélanie (F) - Agricultural engineer 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • VIVEPOIS (GRR TERA VASI Haute-Normandie, 2016-2019). It will provide experiment in three level (farm, greenhouse, laboratory), to measure the impact on C&N dynamic, soil micro biodiversity and soil rhizobiaceae, mycorrhiza and aphanomyces euteiches after the introduction of winter pea in crop rotation.
  • LEG+ (under review – not yet aceepted) (ADEME, 2017-2020). It will provide economical data about services allowed by legume introduction.
  • CASDAR CAP (“Collectifs autour de l’Agro-écologie en Périgord”) “Autonomie protéique en élevage: comment et jusqu’où?” (CASDAR, 2013-2016). It will provide relevant information about crops allowing to develop protein autonomy.
  • Plan protéine départemental en Charente. It is a local initiative to develop protein production and protein autonomy for local livestock breeding in the department of Charente and to involve the main stakeholders. It will provide a useful case study for the value chains studies and for the identification of the politic levers

The not-for-profit Foundation for Agricultural Research (DLO) is part of Wageningen University & Research Centre (Wageningen-UR). The Institute PPOPRI of DLO employs about. 450fte with an annual turnover of CA 100M€. The organisation has a track record of a large number of European projects, many of which of a multidisciplinary nature. Within PPOPRI seven business units are organized of which the unit AGV will participate in this proposal. The BU AGV operates in the complete agricultural plant production chain and covers all aspects from improving crop performance, sustainable production and entrepreneurship. Its major goals are the transfer of scientific knowledge into practice with the development of practice oriented solutions to farmers and the whole agronomic sector. To realize this DLO-PPO has expertise on the cutting edge of development of new knowledge and support of innovation practices. The organisation is leading in co-innovation approaches with farmer groups, SME’s and stakeholders and is experienced in developing and monitoring of new innovation concepts combined with hands on experience in facilitating and guiding innovative farmer groups. Transitions in agricultural practice are and have been supported by the unit such as the reshaping and aligning of agricultural practice to improve their environmental performance based on decreased nutrients and pesticides use.

Expertise in relation to the topic

Together with a farmer’s co-operative, the group is working on soy introduction in practice for 4 years. Also, the group has carried out and is carrying out pea, soya and bean field research in close co-operation with farmers. Regarding transition processes, the group has been implementing transition theories in practice such as Demographic, Economical, Social, Technological, Ecological and Political (DESTEP) analysis, Strategic Niche Management (SNM), Reflexive Monitoring in Action and Stakeholder Management.

Role in the project

DLO will lead WP5 and will provide, follow and support an active farmer’s group on soya production co-ordinated by the Dutch farmer’s co-operative Agrifirm (WP1 and WP2).

Key persons involved

C.L.M. de Visser M.Sc. (M)

Timmer (M) - Agronomist 

H.B. Schoorlemmer M.Sc. (M) - Agricultural economist

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • Development of an economic feasible soya production in the North of the Netherlands. This project is carried out in close co-operation with farmers and the farmers’ co-operative Agrifirm and focusses on improving the yield and quality of soya production in practice. There is a contract with a soya drinks company to buy the product if of sufficient quality. This project offers a relevant infrastructure accessible for the LegValue project.
  • DLO-AGV is involved in several innovation networks with farmers. For example in the Dutch programme Innovative Veenkoloniën ( 61 project groups with farmers and other stakeholders work on new strategies for crop protection, yield optimization, precision farming, storage The frequent interaction with these farmer groups provides relevant context to LegValue for introduction of legume species in a region in the Netherlands that is most likely to absorb a significant acreage of legumes species.
  • The strategic research programme Transition & Innovation (KB VI programme funded by Dutch government in 2010-2014) with 26 projects. Especially results of 3 projects will be very useful for application in LegValue: Collective Action, Regional Transitions (both used Strategic Niche Management and Stakeholder Management) and Entrepreneurial Learning & Innovation.
  • PURE-IPM (FP7, 2011-2014). In PURE-IPM a WP on co-innovation was organised as a small scale experiment with a new cooperation between research and practice. DLO-AGV developed a practical training and coaching for advisors and researchers in 4 co-innovation pilots. These pilots consisted of groups of farmers and other stakeholders, who worked on a self-defined challenge to improve the sustainability of the crop protection on their farms. The advisors and researchers facilitated the innovation process and supported the networks with expertise and practical guidance in on-farm trials. The experience in and the results of this project will be applied in LegValue as co-innovation is a key process to successfully increase of legume species production at farm level.
  • Kans. In the Interreg IVb project GROEI.Kans (2009-2012) with 24 Belgian and Dutch partners, DLO-PPO was responsible for a ‘toolbox’ for facilitators of innovation processes. This toolbox will be used as an inspiration to create our own toolbox for successfully facilitates the LegValue farmer’s networks in producing legumes.

The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (FH-SWF) has been ranked amongst the leaders in the well-known "University ranking list" produced by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE). About 13500 Students attend courses at 5 locations in engineering, natural sciences, information technology, business administration and agricultural economics. FH-SWF is the contact for industry, agriculture and trade in many of the latest technology and process sectors for its region and beyond. Research and business are successfully linked to each other in common projects and act as partners for innovative and technological advice. The agricultural department has a history of more than 80 years in academic teaching and research, graduates report that they are well equipped for both: academic success as well as career in the business world. Besides numerous research projects of the agricultural department, the cooperation with the interdisciplinary structured Institute of Green Technology & Rural Development [] led to a number of successfully completed projects.

Expertise in relation to the topic

Legume cultivation and increase crop rotation is one of the central teaching aspects of the FH-SWF, for Bachelor as well as for Master students. Not only do they learn the theory and aspects of pea and bean growing in class but our research farm enables them to “taste & feel” the impact of no-tillage farming, direct seeding technology and modern plant management. The research farm is used for teaching as well as for project related research, financed by corporations as well as public entities. From a socio-economic perspective FH-SWF is active in quantitative and qualitative data collection and market analysis relating e.g. to consumer interest for modern animal keeping, value-chains in bio-economy and urban agriculture.

Role in the project

FH-SWF will lead WP3 and will contribute to all other WPs, passing on specific knowledge of the German agricultural and market conditions, including policies. In WP3, It will use information provided by the LegValue partners in order to describe the heterogeneity of the EU legume market, elaborate price setting schemes, develop market information scenarios and create an easy-to-use economic viability tool for farmers. FH-SWF will provide and follow a farm networks. Farm network (75 farmers, distributed in Germany) and regional value chain organisation on pea and fababean (DemoNetErBo German project).

Key persons involved

Marcus Mergenthaler, Prof. Dr. (M)

Bernhard-Carl Schafer, Prof. Dr. (M)

Wolfgang Stauss, MBA (M)

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • DemoNetErBo (BMEL Protein Crop Strategy, 2015-2018), aiming at communicating the actual knowledge of cultivation, processing and consumption of peas and beans, describing trade and marketing, support innovation for feed and food, disseminating ecosystems services of legumes while supporting the GAP 2020 targets, FH-SWF is working on supply chain analysis for food.
    LegValue will get requested information to support its activities and answer specific research questions.
  • SunPro (BMBF Bioeconomy 2030, 2014-2017),German-Brazilian project, coordinated by Fraunhofer IVV, Sustainable cultivation and novel processing of sunflower seeds for simultaneous production of sunflower oil, solid fuel and protein-rich food ingredients. FH-SWF is dedicated to the socio-economics of sunflower (products) production. LegValue will profit from the methodology applied to analyse qualitative data.
  • SocialLab (BMEL Innovation in agriculture, 2015-2018), targeted to understanding at a profound level the criticism of consumers towards animal husbandry, this project is working on parameters that enable measurable changes of conditions in animal keeping, reducing the gap between societal expectations and real-life agriculture. LegValue will get access to customer expectations for animal feeding.
  • LeguAN (BMEL, 2011-2014), the project was aiming at efficient and market-oriented production of innovative food and feed ingredients based on domestically grown (grain and period) peas and beans. The protein fractions of the legumes and their interaction with secondary plant ingredients as well as polysaccharides were characterised. LegValue will be able to make use of the agro-economic data generated in the project.
  • GL-PRO (FP5, 2003-2006), concerted action of European Extension Network for the Development of Grain Legume in the EU. It will provide past expertise on crop management, environmental benefits and potential areas for growing pea, fababean and lupins. 5 partners of GL-PRO are involved in LegValue. The share a common understanding of the EU legume market.



FiBL is one of the world’s leading organic farming research and technology transfer centres dedicated to sustainable agriculture with 150 staff members. FiBL’s research team works together with farmers and farmer organisations to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts. It focuses on soil and crop sciences, socio-economic and animal sciences. FiBL has numerous international projects and initiatives participating in 46 projects under the EU’s Framework Programmes.

The FiBL Department of Extension, Training and Communication (ETC) will contribute to LegValue and interact with the research departments of FiBL. The ETC works at the interface between farmers, research institutions, educational centres, associations, business actors and other stakeholders. The advisors within the ETC team advise and train farmers and orient research projects towards the needs of practitioners managing on-farm demonstration and experimentation in close collaboration with researchers and local organisations. The communication group produces all materials and information used by farm advisors, farmers and teachers such as technical guides, farmers’ magazines, manuals, online-videos and websites, including 400 practice-oriented publications.

Expertise in relation to the topic

The participation to LegValue will be managed by the Suisse Romande branch of FiBL. This branch works on extension, training and specific research projects in field crops and soil sciences, in close collaboration with research groups from the main location Frick. Two projects will bring needed expertise related to LegValue. Intercropping has been studied for more than 8 years and pea or fababean / cereals mixtures have been successfully introduced into practice in close collaboration with farmers and feeding mills. A research project is presently dedicated to soybean for human consumption and develops new solutions for high quality production and transformation processes. Main interactions with other departments will concern the Plant Breeding group of the Department of Crop Sciences (DCS) in order to provide specific knowledge on legume species and the Department of Soil Sciences (DSS) to assess soil quality and functions of organic cropping systems.

Role in the project

FiBL will participate in WP1 and WP2 with two case studies with farm networks and value chains, and in WP5 and WP6. The specificities of organic cropping systems will be brought in relation with feed production and the development of legume-based mixtures in the first case study. The second case study concerns the production of soybean for human consumption and the adaptions of the crop from feed to food in European context (breeding program, cropping techniques, harvest reception, transformation processes, and food technology).

Key persons involved

Dr. Raphaël Charles (M) 

Maurice Clerc (M) 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • B3S “Organic soybean in Switzerland” (National project financed by different stakeholders, 2016-2019). This project will bring new knowledge on optimising the soybean production chain from seeds (breeding program) to the final product (tofu, milk).
  • TILMAN-ORG “Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems” (EU-Core Organic, 2012-2014). It will provide expertise on the development of efficient cropping systems.
  • CC4CA Cover crops for conservation agriculture (NRP68 Soil as a Resource). It will provide references concerning the integration of legume species in crop rotation and related agrosystems services.
  • Diversifood “Embedding Crop Diversity and Networking for Local High Quality Food Systems” (H2020, 2015-2019). The multi-actor approach of this project and the objective to improve crop diversity brings references to similar approaches of LegValue.
  • GL-Pro “European extension network for the development of grain legume production in the EU” (FP5, 2003 2006). This concerted action had analogue objectives and will bring useful references to measure the progresses and challenges still remaining for the last 10 years.

The National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinarian Research I. P. (INIAV) is the State Laboratory that develops research activities in the agricultural and veterinary fields. It has the task of carrying out scientific and policy research to support public policies, while defending the national interests and the deepening of Europe’s common policies. INIAV provides laboratory services and scientific and technical support to both farmers and industry. Its National Reference Laboratories perform official analysis in the fields of Animal Health, Plant Health, Food and Feed Safety. The preservation and management of the plant and animal germplasm’s databases as well as of the national collections of reference are also included in INIAV’s responsibilities. INIAV’s core competences are:

  • To develop the scientific and technological basis that supports the definition of the public sector policies. To promote the activities of research, experimentation and demonstration, according to the public policies’ guidelines designed for each sector, in order to ensure the technical and scientific support that leads to the development, innovation and improved competitiveness in areas such as the forestry, crop’s protection, food production, animal health and food safety, as well as in the area of food technology and biotechnology.
  • To ensure its National Reference Laboratory role.
  • To cooperate with related scientific and technological institutions, both national and international.
Expertise in relation to the topic

INIAV, at Elvas is the National Research Institute for breeding grain legumes, cereals, forage and pastures. The breeding programme of grain legumes started in 1986. As a result of this activity, we already have 16 varieties in National Catalogue of Varieties (5 of chickpea, 1 of fababean, 2 of pea, 1 of lentil, 1 of cowpea, 2 of Lathyrus cicera, 1 of white lupin, 2 of yellow lupin and 1 of blue lupin).

Role in the project

INIAV will participate mainly in all tasks of WP1 (farm / field) by providing data, expertise in Mediterranean climat, and field experiment on request. In WP2, with a networking of variety testing (agronomic and technological evaluation) grown in conventional systems, and the mapping of legume crop species (peas, fababeans, lupins and chickpea) INIAV will provide and follow value chain case studies in pea and in fababean, and will share the farm network on chickpea with AICF. INIAV will organise the workshops planned in T1.4 and in WP4, together with AICF. INIAV will be also active on dissemination WP’s gathering farmers and the whole crop value chain actors.

Key persons involved

Mrs Isabel Duarte (F)-  Researcher 

Mrs Graça Pereira (F) - Researcher

Mrs Manuela Meneses (F)- Technician

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • SWUP-MED (FP7-KBBE-2007-2012). It will improve food crop production in the Mediterranean region, influenced by multiple abiotic stresses. This project was worked mainly in farmers’ communities to improve farming systems, by strengthening a diversified crop rotation and using marginal-quality water for supplemental irrigation.
  • EUROLEGUME (FP7- KBBE-2014-2017). It will improve the sustainable production of leguminous crops and their multipurpose use in a changing climate, ensuring new varieties and new food and feed products, broadening the production area and thus turning EU more competitive and sustainable.

The Institute for Food and Environmental Research (ILU e.V.) was founded in 1991 in Bergholz-Rehbruecke (today called Nuthetal) near Potsdam, Germany. As a non-profit organization it conducts applied, technologically oriented research and development for the food industry and the preservation of the environment. The organization pursues objectives that are exclusively and directly exploitable for common use. Members of our organization are companies from the food industry and tangential areas and representatives of non-university research.

The Institute for Food and Environmental Research has a permanent staff which thus combines the expertise of food scientists, chemists and food chemists, biologists, microbiologists and biochemists who have many years of experience in the biotechnology, food and environmental research. Additional staff will be bound to different upcoming projects. The organization has access to cutting-edge equipped laboratories and pilot plants. For the technological application of research powerful experimental facilities are available which may be used by our cooperation partners.

ILU claims the ambition to contribute with its research into marketable solutions especially for small and medium enterprises. Thus the innovation and competitiveness of small and medium food and environmental industry may be stabilized and strengthened.

Expertise in relation to the topic

Within numerous projects, ILU developed new technological ideas, strategies or products for the food and feed industry. From the beginning, ILU is partner of the legume revival in Germany. It was partner in many projects dealing with lupins, peas, soy beans and their value-added potential for innovative, healthy food and feed products.

Role in the project

ILU will contribute to WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP6, through the evaluation of possibilities to use legumes as raw material for feed and food production. Within its network, ILU will interact with many small and medium enterprises interested to introduce ingredients based on legumes (e.g., flour, flakes, crispies, meat analogues) into their food products. ILU is acting as a consultant for product development for food and feed, and will contribute to assess the quality parameters and processing in T2.2 and T2.3.

Key persons involved

Prof. Dr. Sascha ROHN (M) - Professor of Food Chemistry

Michael Sandmann  (M) - Project manager

Rosemarie SCHNEEWEIß (F) - Food scientist

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • PlantsProFood (national, BMBF, 2010-2013), It will provide knowledge about the possibilities for using lupin seeds in food supply chains with regard to developing innovative food products. ILU developed the innovative food products.
  • LeguAN (national, BMEL, 2011-2014), It will provide knowledge about the possibilities for using peas and beans in food supply chains with regard to developing innovative food products. ILU developed the innovative food products.
  • ProLegu (EU-CORNET, 2014-2015), It will provide knowledge about the possibilities for using peas as poultry feed. ILU produced the feed.
  • TRADEIT (EU-FP7, 2013-2016), It is a collaboration between researchers, food networks, traditional food SMEs, academic institutions, SME clusters, technology providers, food associations and entrepreneurial networks. The main objective of TRADEIT is to strengthen regional economies and the competitiveness of SMEs.
  • NutriAct (national, BMBF, 2016-2021), It will provide knowledge on nutritional biomarkers in best-agers when consuming diets rich in plant proteins. Here, a human intervention study with 500 subjects consuming food products with enhanced amounts of plant proteins (most of legume nature) will be conducted.

INRA is a French public research institution that focuses on issues related to agriculture (including forests), food and food security, environment and land management, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. INRA ranks second in the world and first in Europe for publications in agriculture and forestry. The missions of INRA are to: (i) serve the public interest by maintaining a balance between excellence of research and the demands of society; (ii) produce and disseminate scientific knowledge and innovation, particularly in the fields of agriculture, forestry, food and environment; (iii) contribute to the expertise, training, promotion of scientific and technical culture and science/society debate.

Two INRA research units are contributing to LegValue:

  • UMR Agronomie. This unit is composed of 20 permanent researchers and engineers, 10 support agents, 8 PhD students, 10 non-permanent engineers and 15 internships per year, and is developing co-design approaches with agricultural partners and farmers for management practices and innovative arable cropping systems including a diversity of crops, among them being legume crops. UMR Agronomie is also specialist in designing support tools for crop management and assessment of ecosystem services. Moreover, UMR Agronomie has developed global approaches in Agronomy, based on statistical analyses of national and international databases and crop modelling. It is involved in several national and international projects on legumes (LEGATO, PeaMust, LEGITIMES, COSELAG), aiming at assessing the benefits of growing legumes, at different scales, and designing legume-based cropping systems.
  • UMR AGIR. AGIR (« AGroecology, Innovations, teRritories ») is a research unit regrouping 80 permanent researchers and engineers from various disciplines (biotechnical sciences and social sciences). The research objectives of AGIR are finalized around the sustainable development of agriculture embedded in agrifood systems. For LegValue project it is the social scientists team of AGIR called “ODYCEE” that is mobilized. ODYCEE (“Organizations, DYnamics of knowledge and innovations in the supply chains and territories”) groups near 20 permanent researchers in economics, sociology, management, geography. ODYCEE conducts analysis on the levers and constraints of the development of sustainable agricultural practices, by considering the whole agrifood system. Social scientist of ODYCEE are used working with biotechnical sciences, including AGRONOMIE-unit, with previous and current common research projects (LEGITIMES, COSELAG…) concerning the design of agricultural and food systems with legumes.

Both UMR AGronomie and ODYCEE-Team are used working with extension services such as TERIN.

Expertise in relation to the topic

The agronomist scientists of AGRONOMIE implied in LegValue are specialists of legume-based cropping systems. They are expert in analysis the agronomic and environmental benefits and risks of growing legumes in arable systems from field to global scales. They have also a strong expertise in developing methods and tools to support farmers and advisors to design innovative cropping systems, aiming at taking up the numerous challenges raised for future agriculture, and driving farmers towards agroecological practices.

The social scientists of ODYCEE implied in LegValue are specialists of innovation economics, organizational economics, institutional and ecological economics. They have expertise on the analysis of agrifood and agrifeed supply chains, by considering both technological and organisational dimensions of innovation processes, on the analysis of the structuration of markets by considering the values pluralism of actors, and by conducting both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Role in the project

INRA will lead WP1 (Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy, UMR Agronomie) and WP2 (Marie-Benoit Magrini, ODYCEE-team) and will participate in WP3, WP5 and WP6. INRA will have a key role in analysing the on-farm results on legume crop management and services, and legume-based cropping systems assessment, and in the assessment of economic and environmental impacts of scaling up legume-based cropping systems in Europe. INRA will also contribute to the development of the decision support tool for the farmers to better assess the economic value of introducing a legume crop in their cropping systems. Social scientists of INRA will also interact with the social scientists of the other WPs to exchange and contribute to social science knowledge on innovation processes and policies, markets and supply chains structuration and sociotechnical transition from those legumes case studies.

Key persons involved

Dr. Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy (F), leader of the WP1 - Senior researcher

Dr Elise Pelzer (F) - Researcher

Dr Nicolas Guilpart (M) - Agronomist

Rémy Ballot (M) - Engineer

Dr Marie-Benoit Magrini (F), leader of the WP2 - Economic specialist

Dr Thomas Debril (M) - Sociologist

Dr Gael Plumecocq (M) - Economist

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • LEGITIMES (ANR, 2016): it will provide data on innovative crop management and legume services.
  • LEGATO (FP7, 2017): it will provide data on cropping system and food uses.
  • PEAMUST (ANR, 2019)
  • COSELAG (CTPS, 2017): it will provide co-design of legume breeding quality criteria.



IT is a fully-owned INRA subsidiary company founded to exploit INRA’s research results and innovative technologies, and develop them into concrete business opportunities. IT is a technology transfer company specialised in innovative technologies arising from agriculture-related research. The IT European Projects Department is aimed at strengthening INRA’s contribution to the implementation of the European Research Area with the mission to help INRA researchers and partners to setup projects in response to EC calls and manage them when selected by the EC. The same support is given to other public or private organisations.

Expertise in relation to the topic

Thanks to a team combining scientific background, project management skills and good knowledge of EC programmes, the Europe Department of INRA Transfert has a strong expertise in:

  • Supporting researchers in the conception, construction and writing of relevant proposals in the fields of forests, animal health, agriculture and environment.
  • Managing FP6 and FP7 collaborative projects from very large to smaller ones (i) Large CP as Innovine (vine improvement), PURE (integrated pest management solutions) and SOLIBAM (Strategies for organic and low-input integrated breeding and management); ii) Infrastructures: NADIR, iii) Integrated projects as Co-Extra (co-existence and traceability of GMOs) and BaSysBio (Bacillus subtilis systems biology) and (iv) Networks of excellence as EVOLTREE (evolution of trees as biodiversity drivers) and Endure (durable exploitation of crop protection strategies).
  • Managing H2020 collaborative projects. IT is currently involved in the management of five H2020 projects (DiversiFood, Euclid, Feed-a-Gene, ParaFishControl, Saphir, GenTree and IMAGE).

Additionally, in terms of dissemination of the project results, IT puts at the disposal of the project the unique expertise held by its Technology Transfer department in:

  • Managing technology portfolios through analysing inventions and their environment, searching for industrial beneficiaries, negotiating terms and conditions of technology transfer.
  • Supporting development of innovative start-up companies by defining a business project around the know-how or patented technology to be transferred; determining IP related results to guarantee conditions for product commercialisation; organising the technology transfer to the innovation company.
Role in the project

IT will take in charge the project management tasks supporting the Coordinator (TERIN), the LegValue decision-making and implementing bodies of the project and the whole consortium (WP8). Amongst others, IT will support the consortium on administrative and financial issues, meeting logistics, etc. and will develop and update the project collaborative workspace (internal project repository for information exchange and storage).

Key persons involved

Dr Oriana Rossi (F) - Project coordinator

Dr. Enric Belles-Boix (M) -Consultant

Dr. Diep Tuong Bao (M) - Head of the European Projects Department.

Relevant projects related to LegValue

IT has been in charge of the management of the following European projects, dealing with agricultural topics, cereals or participatory approaches:

  • Diversifood “Embedding Crop Diversity and Networking for Local High Quality Food Systems” (H2020, 2015-2019), explores genetic resources for original crop associations, including legumes-cereals. It will provide knowledge on multi-actor participatory breeding approaches and phenotypic data of lupine accessions in mixtures.
  • WHEALBI “Wheat and barley legacy for breeding improvement” (FP7, 2014-2019). The objective of WHEALBI is to strengthen bread wheat and barley production in Europe by enabling the development of new, productive varieties adapted to cropping systems that require lower inputs and which are health and environment friendly.
  • CANTogether “Innovative sustainable mixed farming systems” (FP7, 2012-2015). The objective is to design, test and assess innovative mixed farming and territorial systems, based on the simultaneous utilization of crops and animals. It has brought together a European network of 24 existing experimental and commercial farms covering a wide diversity of natural and socio-economic conditions in which the most promising mixed farming systems had been implemented in order to verify their practicability and to perform in-depth integrated assessments (economic and environmental).
  • PURE”Innovative crop protection for sustainable agriculture” (FP7, 2011-2015). The overall objective of PURE is to provide practical IPM solutions to reduce dependence on pesticides in selected major farming systems in Europe (annual arable and vegetable, perennial, and protected crops).
  • SOLIBAM “Strategies for Organic and low input Integrated Breeding and Management” (FP7, 2010-2014), aimed at improving the performance and quality of crops using plant diversity, crop associations and participatory plant breeding. SOLIBAM will provide knowledge and strategies to breed adapted cultivars and to manage co-cultivation of species.

The Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (LAMMC) is a state research institute. LAMMC conduct of basic and applied research, develop of experimental and other activities in the fields of agronomy, horticulture, forestry science, ecology and other related braches, accumulate of new scientific knowledge, its systemize and disseminate to the public, promote of balanced and sustainable land and forest economy and rural development.

LAMMC associated with the unique geographical position, soil, agrometeorological conditions, farming and consumption traditions. The institute employs 41 scientists, 9 researchers and 9 PhD students. Presently the Institute is involved in more than 10 international programmes and projects, is carrying out over 50 projects according to national science programmes, ministries-supervised research programmes and research contracted by national and foreign business entities. LAMMC maintains close connections with foreign science and research institutions.

Expertise in relation to the topic

The LAMMC covers research and technology development, extension and education including PhD studies. The LAMMC provides services to agriculture and forestry in the form of advice and recommendations.

Role in the project

LAMMC will participate in WP1, WP2, WP4, WP5 and WP6. LAMMC will be mainly involved in WP1 and will provide unpublished data of field experiments of legume cultivation, crop management, and Lithuanian farmer’s survey on the way they manage crop. LAMMC will provide and follow value chain case studies in Lithuania (T2.1).LAMMC will organise workshops planned in T4.4 in Lithuania. LAMMC will participate in WP4, by organising the workshops in Lithuania, and will collect the information about Lithuanian laws and regulations in relation to the protein crop / legume cultivation. LAMCC will also contribute to WP5 through its participation to workshops, as well as to WP6 dissemination activities targeted to Lithuanian farmers and actors of the value chain.

Key persons involved

Dr. Zydre Kadziuliene (F)- Head researcher

Dr. Ausra Arlauskiene (F)- Senior researcher

Dr. Lina Sarunaite (F)- Senior researcher

Relevant project related to LegValue
  • FertilCrop - Managing fertility building in organic cropping systems (CORE Organic Plus 2015-2017). It will provide experiment data and farm networks on associated legumes with cereals.
  • Soyabean management technology. National programme (2015–2017) supported Lithuanian ministry of Agriculture. The project will provide as experimental data of soy bean growing technology.
  • The productivity of plant mixtures and nitrogen utilization efficacy in the organic agricultural system’s cycle plant–soil. National programme (2012–2014) supported Lithuanian ministry of Agriculture. It will provide data on innovative crop management and legume services, with an expertise on participatory research and development including farmers.
  • Quality Legume – Based Forage Systems for Contrasting Environments (COST Action 852, 2001–2007). It will provide past expertise on crop management, environmental benefits and potential areas for growing legumes for feed.

The Latvian Agricultural Advisory and Training Centre (LLKC) was established in 1991. The national office is situated in Ozolnieki, about 30 km south of Riga. 99% of share capital is owned by the State represented by Ministry of Agriculture and 1% of share capital is owned by the Farmers’ Federation of Latvia.

The organisation receives about 60% of its funding from the state and EU programs through annual contracts, but 40% from services provided to farmers. LLKC has about 450 employees and there is Rural development and advisory offices of the LLKC in each of the 26 regions. Also LLKC co-ordinates and methodologically manages the work of municipal specialists in promoting rural development in 110 local municipalities of Latvia.

In the Rural Advisory Offices there are advisors in the different fields of production and in the regional offices, there is advisor, specialised in plant production, animal husbandry, economics, crop farming, book-keeping, veterinary medicine, rural development and technical matters respectively, as well as other fields.

The main activities are advisory services and training of farmers and rural entrepreneurs, farm demonstration programs, market surveys, information for farmers, etc.

The main aims are:

  • Improvement of the efficiency of agriculture in Latvia.
  • Development of market-orientated agriculture.
  • Assisting development of rural economy and welfare.
Expertise in relation to the topic

LLKC has started to gain experience with demonstrations and field trials since the year 1997 within PHARE project in cooperation with the Danish consulting centre. Over the past four years demonstrations include conventional field beans in order to find suitable varieties for Latvian agro-climatic conditions as well as suitable agricultural equipment. In organic farms organic soy is being demonstrated as a protein source in animal feed. The study results are summarized in editions ( pp.31-37, 45-50;

and pp.209-214).

The farms are selected according to the demonstration theme, selecting those that can provide a demonstration of the research object; study course is reflected in the field days.

Role in the project

LLKC will be mainly involved in WP1 and will establish a network of demonstration farms which will demonstrate 1) the advantages and disadvantages of inclusion of legumes in crop rotation plans; 2) possibilities to provide own-produced high-quality feed at the same time reducing the amount of purchased feed - determine the economic value; 3) to evaluate the after-effect of legume cultivation by growing them as catch crops to reduce nutrient leaching - to determine the economic value. LLKC will gather information about sowing areas, productivity changes in different regions of Latvia as well as different growth conditions of conventional field beans, peas, clover and legumes mixture. LLKC will organise workshops planned in T4.4 in Latvia. LLKC will participate in WP4, by organising the workshops in Latvia, and will collect the information about Latvian laws and regulations in relation to the protein crop / legume cultivation as well as evaluate Latvian support system for legume cultivation. LLKC will also contribute to WP5 through its participation to workshops, as well as to WP6 dissemination activities targeted to Latvian farmers and actors of the value chain.

Key persons involved

Mr. Kaspars Žūriņš (M)- Director 

Mr. Oskars Balodis (M)- Head of LLKC Crop Production department.

Mr. Māris Narvils (M)- Crop Production advisor.

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • Baltic Deal “Baltic Sea Regional Programme 2010–2013” It will provide experience in competence raising concerning agri-environmental practises and measures as well as support to farmers to reduce nutrient losses from farms.
  • Beras “(Baltic Sea Region Programme 2010-2013)” It will provide expertise for conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture.
  • Field demonstration in farms “Project financed by Latvia Ministry of Agriculture” (2011-2016) it will provide demonstration farm network on associated legumes and cereals – growing agrotechnics demonstration and gross margin calculation.

The PGRO mission is to pursue the provision of current advice for growers, the realisation of improved crop yield, quality and economic guidance. To facilitate open, accessible, reliable and relevant knowledge exchange. To develop progressive and innovative approaches towards crop research and development. To create and maintain extensive and close links with growers, processors, trade and fundamental researcher communities.

The organisation aims to ensure members are able to quickly and easily glean appropriate information and advice. Research is be carried out to a high standard and within appropriate quality criteria such as GEP and GLP as necessary and the organisation cultivates a widely held reputation for reliability and collaborative independence. Knowledge exchange and transfer activities form a core plank of the PGRO’s purpose.

Expertise in relation to the topic

PGRO has developed a strong network of collaborating partners ranging from leading international fundamental research institutes to renowned consultancies, Grower representative groups and Trade bodies Its’ extensive network of members and contacts make PGRO ideally suited to a programme of research examining supply chains and commercial pathways. The organisation focuses on accumulating knowledge of a practical and applied nature, transferring that knowledge for immediate application and impact. It provides market updates, pest monitoring and agronomy services, variety and agronomy tools for decision support as well as rolling programmes of practical field trials. Services are provided free via various communications methods including web sites, social media, paper publications, training programmes, site promotional knowledge transfer events and direct face to face and telephone contact.

Role in the project

PGRO will participate in WPs 1 to 5 providing information, data, guidance, advice, practical resources and assistance. It will lead WP6 in which its primary role will be the promotion and provision of open access to the study findings and the delivery and population of an information repository of first point of reference for growers, the trade, supply chain and policy makers in the EU, the purpose being to enhance the impact of LEGVALUE outcomes. PGRO will provide and follow farm networks through surveys of their farmer' members with 2 value chains on fababean and pea.

Key persons involved

Mr. Roger Vickers (M)- CEO,  joint leader of WP6. 

Ms Becky Howard (F)- Research Manager, project coordinator joint leader of WP6. 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • LEGATO (FP7, 2013-2017) will provide data on cropping system and food uses, and know how concerning the impact of rhizobium application on yield and protein content of grain legume species.
  • OPTIBEAN (UK 2011-2015) “Improving the availability of UK sourced protein feed through new fababean varieties, production and utilisation systems”. The delivery of an agronomy tool for fababean production and successful uptake of fababean as a feed ingredient and soya substitute in various commercial livestock units.
  • PC-GIN (2005 - 2018) the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network serves the process of legume crop improvement. It enables scientific resources, results and knowledge delivery to breeders, producers and end users. It provides resources, expertise and understanding to public and commercial sectors in breeding and in the definition and improvement of product quality, commercial and public goods. It promotes and executes the translation of genomic research to crop improvement, consistent with the needs of UK industry, and policy objectives relating to sustainable agriculture and has links and involvement in, European pulse crop research programmes.
  • GREEN PIG (2008-2012) the environmental consequences of using home-grown legumes as a protein source in pig diets (Green Pig) Demonstrated that home grown legumes can be used beneficially as a soya substitute in both feed and environmental terms.
  • BEANS 4 FEEDS (2012-2016) the project aims to develop air-classification technology for fababeans to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of UK food production and food security.



Roskilde University was founded in 1972 with the objective of providing research and education at the highest level in the fields of technical science, natural science, social sciences and humanities. The university is characterized by i) pushing boundaries for knowledge through a problem-oriented approach, ii) focusing research and education on fields where the university has international or national status, iii) bringing university and society closer together. RUC has 1000 employees and around 8500 students.

Expertise in relation to the topic

RUC’s interdisciplinary tradition will primarily contribute to this projects ambitious multi-actor focus providing inputs on holistic and participatory planning methodologies and tools. In addition, comprehensive experience working with mechanistic understanding of legume species cropping as well as field scale assessment, also involving farmers, will be used across WPs. The overall expertise includes scientific, technological as well as social aspects related to development and utilisation of nature, resources, infrastructure and technology and will contribute to inclination within the economic development and analyses of the policy, regulation and planning which controls the upgrading and transition to sustainable development.

Role in the project

RUC is involved in WP1 and WP2 including producing, transforming and bringing goods and services to end-consumers as well as support to active collaborative social networks and institutional adaptation. RUC also contribute to WP3 in regards to a description of the market for legumes and its price setting, and to WP4 where assessment of existent and new policy schemes is in focus. In WP5 RUC will lead T5.4 and will be active in the across pilots assessments with special emphasis towards social networks.

Key persons involved

Prof. Dr. Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen (M) - Agro ecologist 

Ass. Prof. Dr. Rikke Lybæk (F) - Environmental, bio-economic and socio-technical analyst 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • Climate-café “Climate Change Adaptability of cropping and Farming systems for Europe” (FACCE-ERA-NET+, 2015-2018) focusing on cropping systems with climate change adaptation potential. It will provide multi-actor experiences established within a cross-disciplinary consortium.
  • SOLIBAM “Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management” (EU FP7 2010-2014), developing specific and novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices. It will provide methodologies for farmers’ participatory research exploiting crop diversity advantages
  • BIOCONCENS “Biomass and bioenergy production in organic agriculture” (DK ICROFS, 2007-2011), focusing on consequences for soil fertility, environment, spread of animal parasites and socio-economy. It will provide knowledge about temporal and spatial diversity and farmer relevance criteria.
  • GLIP “Grain Legumes Integrated Project - New strategies to improve grain legumes for food and feed” (EU FP6 2004-2008) focusing on making legume crops more competitive in European agriculture using novel breeding tools as well as seeking new ways of growing, treating, processing and using grain legumes for feed and food.
  • INTERCROP “Intercropping of cereals and grain legumes” (FP5 2003-2006) aiming at increasing organic cereal and grain legume protein production in Europe while enhancing biodiversity in European farming systems and safeguarding the organic farmers’ earnings.

SEGES is a private non-profit advisory; test and research association owned by 30,000 Danish farmers. It bridges the gap between farmers and research in close cooperation with local agricultural advisory centers and is the main Danish supplier of professional knowledge for farmers as well as for food businesses, authorities and agricultural colleges.

In this two string system SEGES acts as national center for 28 local advisory centers throughout Denmark organized in the overall partnership Danish Agricultural Advisory Service which employs 3.500 professionals. Approximately 650 are working at SEGES and 3/4 have a university degree within agricultural and biological sciences; economics; business administration; law; ICT and marketing.
SEGES is an all- round house subdivided into 4 main departments: Crop Production & Environment including Organic Farming; Dairy & Cattle Farming; Pig Production and Economy and Business Management.
It is highly specialized in implementation and dissemination of knowledge and innovation directly to advisors and farmers. Major effort is made through the internet; social media and special information databases having more than 1 million yearly visitors of professional adviser and farmers.
The most important tasks of SEGES are to keep advisers at the local advisory centers up to date with the latest research results and knowledge and identify challenges from the agricultural praxis requiring new and more research at the universities.

Practically this means that SEGES:

  • Generate knowledge and innovation and research results by means of a dynamic co-operation with researchers from universities and through national field trials.
  • SEGES performs about 1.000 field trials each year to test new varieties, fertilizers, pesticides and cultivation systems.
  • Transmit requests and inspiration to the universities for innovation and research activities initiated by experienced challenges and from the farmers and their organisations.
  • Convey knowledge to professionals and farmers through large specialized information portals; by means of direct contact to individual and groups of farmers; demonstrations, seminars and major conferences as well as implementation of knowledge and tools by means of specialized methods for agriculture.
  • Develop ICT solutions for data management and optimization of agricultural holdings.
  • Provide specialized advisory services and knowledge implementation directly to Danish farmers.
  • Being the main Danish institution involved in coordinated implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Expertise in relation to the topic

SEGES has the expertise in agronomical and economical advice for farmers, through field trials, development and demonstrations projects. Working together with the farmers gives the expertise in implementing new knowledge and facilitate movement of knowledge in-between framers, researchers and agricultural/food companies. SEGES has experts on both grain legumes and clover grass. SEGES has the system to put up field trials on farms, which in this project could be of value to the farm networks.

Role in Project

SEGES will be mainly involved in WP1, providing two farm networks (organic fababean and clover). SEGES will as well contribute to WP2 with experience on value chain networks around the farm networks, WP4 with information on policies in Denmark and the organisation with RUC of the workshops planned in T1.4 and WP4 in Denmark, WP6 dissimilation from the project to Danish farmers.

Key Persons Involved

Inger Bertelsen (F)- Senior Advisor in organic farming

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • ECOPROTEIN (National project, 2012-2015). It will provide knowledge of grain legume in farm networks especially fababeans, and field trial data on fababeans and narrow leaved lupines.

SSSA is an Italian public university funded by the State to pursue excellence in higher education and research through a multidisciplinary approach. SSSA is presently ranked as #1 University in Italy for Agricultural Sciences and #10 in the World among young universities (<50 years) upon the Times Higher Education Index. Research carried out at the Institute of Life Sciences (Group of Agroecology) is focused on (i) the development of sustainable low-input and organic farming/cropping systems and of indicator toolboxes for their assessment; (ii) functional biodiversity in agroecosystems: genetic, species and habitat diversity and their relationship with the provision of agroecosystem services; (iii) cover crop single stands and mixtures in arable and vegetable systems, with special emphasis on legume species; (iv) weed ecology, weed management, dynamics and functional analysis of weed communities.

Expertise in relation to the topic

SSSA has considerable expertise in Agronomy, Agroecology and Functional Agrobiodiversity, including use of participatory research methods. Legumes have a central place in SSSA’s research approach and activities. The latter include on-farm and on-station research, including long-term cropping system experiments with grain legumes and legume cover crops, carried out in collaboration with UNIPI. SSSA has also expertise in inter- and transdisciplinary research with stakeholders engagement.

Role in the project

SSSA will participate in WP1, WP2, WP4 and WP6, and will lead T1.1. In WP1 it will utilize long-term data and data from dedicated experiments on legume-based agro-ecosystem services (AES) carried out in the latest 5 years to quantify and rank potential provision of AES (available as Task Leader). Dedicated trials will be run within LEGVALUE where needed to quantify AES. SSSA will also use data previously collected in dedicated on farm trials (conventional and organic) to assess crop management and economic performance in a participatory way with the engagement of multi-actors, and contribute with expertise to the development of the concept and structure of the multi-year analytical tool (T3.4) and the decision-making tool for farmers (T1.4). SSSA will take care of the analysis regarding the farm network involved in its proposed case study (organic CSA-based network), will provide data, expertise (e.g. on non-chemical weed management and on non-chemical legume green manure devitalisation) and engagement of own contacts (companies, other experts) when required. In WP4 SSSA will help identify good practices and recommendations on prospective policy measures based on multi-actor feedbacks. In WP6 SSSA will contribute to various dissemination activities and co-organise demand-driven local events (e.g. field days, training) in collaboration with UNIPI.

Key persons involved

Prof. Dr. Paolo Bàrberi (M) - Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops

Dr. Anna-Camilla Moonen (F) - Assistant professor in Agronomy and Field Crops 

Dr. Gionata Bocci (M) - post-doc

Dr. Stefano Carlesi (M) - post-doc

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • CAPSELLA-Collective Awareness PlatformS for Environmentally-sound Land management based on data technoLogies and Agrobiodiversity (H2020-ICT, 2016-2018). WP leader (P. Bàrberi). It will provide ICT tools to foster multi-actor capacities in the field of agrobiodiversity.
  • FERTILCROP-Managing FERTILity building in organic CROPping systems (H2020-ERA-NET Core Organic Plus, 2015-2018). WP leader (P. Bàrberi). It will provide knowledge on the effect on soil fertility of various conservation agriculture practices under organic conditions.
  • QUESSA-Quantification of Ecological Services in Sustainable Agriculture (FP7, 2013-2017). WP leader (A.C. Moonen). It will provide insights on the quantification of agroecosystem services in various cropping systems.
  • OSCAR-Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotations (FP7, 2012-2016), partner. It has provided knowledge on the multipurpose role of legume cover crops.
  • SOLIBAM-Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding And Management (FP7, 2010-2014): WP leader (P. Bàrberi). It has provided knowledge on the importance of legume crops and cover crops in diversified food systems.

The mission of TERIN is to improve the economic competitiveness of oilseed, grain legumes and hemp crops through technical means, by adapting production to the economic context, the regulatory requirements and demands of society. Its program aims to optimize grain production, to value the products and diversify outlets. TERIN is the result of the merging of two entities in 2014: CETIOM (Centre Technique Interprofessionnel des Oléagineux Métropolitains) and the technical staff of UNIP (Union Interprofessionnelle des Plantes riches en Protéines).

TERIN’s inter-professional activity is shown at the institutional level through the composition of its board of directors: its members are all agricultural professionals representing each economic player in the oilseed, grain legumes and industrial hemp supply chains in feed, food and non-food.

TERIN partnerships aim to transfer the results of research to the operational actors in the field, and to pass on the demands of producers towards researchers. TERIN is included in several UMTs (technological mixed units) with INRA, has many collaborations with other arable crop technical institutes through common studies, experimentations and actions (Arvalis, ITB, etc.) and it benefits from many partnerships with development organisations at the field level.  The UMT Pisom, coordinated by TI, is speciality dedicated to legumes. The experimental network around TERIN covers close to 760 field trials/experiments per year, including 190 dedicated to protein crops (legumes).

Expertise in relation to the topic

TERIN aims at increasing competitiveness of oilseed crops and pulses via programmes of research, development and agricultural extension. It has a wide expertise in field trials, work with farmer’s networks, and a tradition of close collaboration with basic research laboratories, especially with INRA. Communication, training and extension are major activities of TERIN through technical publications, field meetings, and a web site. TERIN was certified ISO9001 for all its activities since July 2000. TERIN leads a network of 10 field stations representatives of the diversity of the crop production in France and including different pedo-climatic conditions. TERIN is also developing cropping system evaluation sites and 10 innovative farmer networks for co-innovation, allowing the assessment of the delivery of ecosystem services provided by the grain legume crops. TERIN dedicates each year a wide effort in crop modelling to develop decision making tool for the farmers and other supply chain actors

Role in the project

TERIN will participate in all WPs and will lead WP7. TERIN will play a key role in ensuring strong and efficient interactions among all WPs, and in developing multi-actor approach to enlarge the outcomes of the project towards a largest audience as possible. TERIN will be in charge of gathering and maintaining a database for the project with a clear management of the access right within and without the consortium. TERIN will be responsible of T1.4, T2.1 and T5.3, and will provide and follow one supply chain case study in France. TERIN will provide other additional ones depending on the running and the demand of the different WPs to fulfil and or enhance the impact of LegValue outcomes.

Key persons involved

Mr. Frederic Muel (M) Project coordinator and leader of WP7

Mrs Anne Schneider (F)- Agronomist

Dr. Veronique Biarnes (F) - Agronomist

Mr. Vincent Lecomte (M)-  Agronomist 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • PROGRAILIVE (FEADER, 2015-2019). It will provide experiment data and farm networks on associated legumes with cereals.
  • LEGATO (FP7, 2013-2017). It will provide data mainly on cropping system and food uses, and some know how concerning the impact of rhizobium application on yield and protein content of several grain legume species.
  • COSELAG (CTPS, 2016-2017). It will provide a co-design of legume breeding quality criteria with all actors involved in the value chain, and the identification of targeted criteria depending of the different end uses that will be shared at the start of LegValue.
  • LEGITIMES (ANR, 2014-2017). It will provide data on innovative crop management and legume services, with an expertise on participatory research and development including farmers, extension services, stakeholders and scientists
  • GL-PRO (FP5, 2003-2006), concerted action of European Extension Network for the Development of Grain Legume in the EU. It will provide expertise on crop management, environmental benefits and potential areas for growing pea, fababean and lupins. 5 partners of GL-PRO are involved in LegValue.

TUN is the result of the merging of two entities in 2015: UNIP (Union Interprofessionnelle des Plantes riches en Protéines) and ONIDOL (Organisation Nationale Interprofessionnelle Des graines et fruits Oléagineux). The mission of TUN is to represent and defend the interest of oilseed and vegetable proteins branch, by adapting this value chains to the technical, economic and market context, the regulatory requirements and demands of society.

The major task of TUN may be an important conciliation and arbitration role in this branch. The composition of its members is representing each economic player in the oilseed, vegetable proteins and industrial hemp supply chains in feed, food and non-food. Quality, relationships organisation, promotion, research and knowledge of target feed and food markets are major activities of TUN through statistics publications, sectors meetings and a website.

This governance is based on six inter-branch commissions: production, market, food, feed, communication and non-food.TUN collects inter-branch subscriptions and support the research (public research, technical institutes) and the development to the operational actors in the oilseed and grain legumes supply chains. TERIN (Terres Inovia) is the major beneficiary for this program aims to optimize grain production, to value the products and diversify outlets.

TUN leads the GSP (Groupement de sélectionneurs de protéagineux) and the GIE (Groupement d’Intérêt Economique) Soja.

Expertise in relation to the topic

TUN aims increase competitiveness of grain legumes via inter-professional actions, the knowledge and the transparency. It produces statistical information in the field of production and target feed and food markets. TUN creates letters, booklets such as the grain legumes markets news, “Note aux opérateurs” and the pea price indicator edited monthly and the key figures of the sector published annually.

TUN provides diagnostic analysis and value chain studies of the grain legume sector (ex.: La filière féverole, 2014; ProtéaSupply, 2016).

Role in project

TUN will participate in WP2 to WP6, mainly involved in WP2 and WP3. TUN will lead T2.4 and T3.3, providing its expertise in price setting, institutional tools in the value chains and economic data. TUN will provide and follow four supply chain case studies in France, mainly on the organisational design of several value chains. TUN will be able to provide other additional ones depending on the running and the demand of the different WPs. TUN will participate in WP4 and will organise the workshops in France.

Key persons involved

Mrs Nathalie Blosseville (F)- Engineer

Mr. Jean Paul Lacampagne (M)- Engineer

Mrs. Françoise Labalette (F) - Soya bean specialist

Mrs. Corinne Peyronnet (F)- Engineer

Mrs. Elodie Tormo (F)- AgroSup engineer in feed sector

Mrs. Noëmie Simon (F)- VTC engineer

Mrs. Céline Le Guillou (F)-Engineer

Mr. Nam Ly (M) -Designer

Relevant projects related to LegValue

  • GL-PRO (FP5, 2003-2006), concerted action of European Extension Network for the Development of Grain Legume in the EU. It will provide past expertise on crop management, environmental benefits and potential areas for growing pea, faba bean and lupin. 5 partners of GL-PRO are involved in LEGVALUE.
  • SOJALOC (empowering protein of Midi-Pyrenees from farming soybean product locally): It will be a value chain case study for LegValue
  • PROTEASUPPLY (2016). It will analyse the French pea and faba bean supply-chains and identify the blueprint accepted by all actors involved in the supply chains. Outcomes will be provided to LegValue.
  • COSELAG (CTPS, 2016-2017). It will provide a co-design of legume breeding quality criteria with all actors involved in the value chain, and the identification of targeted criteria depending of the different end uses that will be shared at the start of LegValue.
  • VALORISCOP (2018), a watch on the use of animal feed co-products practice (CEREOPA) that will be accessible to the partners of LegValue.

The main research focus of UHH is the identification and characterization of secondary plant metabolites, their stability and reactivity, as well their breakdown products and properties. Special regard is given to the changes of secondary plant metabolites along the food supply chain. Neo-formed degradation products as well as reaction products have been isolated and characterized. Projects in this research field have been funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Methods for the identification and quantification of secondary plant metabolites and their breakdown products by means of HPLC/DAD/MS, HPTLC/MS and NMR spectroscopy as well as several techniques to investigate radical scavenging properties and the redox potential been developed.

Expertise in relation to the topic

In several projects UHH was responsible for developing and evaluating quality parameters for legumes, food and feed raw materials based on legumes and. In those projects UHH analysed samples being provided from the other project partners. They coordinated the chemical analytical activities and developed criteria catalogues. With the help of these data, suggestions for choosing appropriate varieties from the viewpoints of agricultural practice as well as of feed and food production will be developed.

Role in the project

UHH will lead T2.3 and be particularly involved in the evaluation and assessment of quality parameters for legumes. This project bears to possibility to study much more influence factors affecting the legume compounds such as starch, proteins, and bioactive compounds. UHH will participate in WP2 - WP5 for Germany in close cooperation with FH-SWF.

Key persons involved

Prof. Dr. Sascha ROHN (M) - Professor of Food Chemistry 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • LeguAN (national, BMEL, 2011-2015), It will provide knowledge about the possibilities for using peas and beans in food supply chains with regard to developing innovative food products. UHH coordinated the whole project.
  • ProLegu (EU-CORNET, 2014-2016), It will provide knowledge about the possibilities for using peas as poultry feed. UHH coordinated the analytical platform.
  • DemoNetErBo (national, BMEL, 2016-2018), It will provide whole value added chains for the different uses of legumes. 75 farms will be used to demonstrate how legumes are produced. Further, the trade of these legumes is imitated for different purposes such as feed or food industry.
  • NutriAct (national, BMBF, 2016-2021), It will provide knowledge on nutritional biomarkers in best-agers when consuming diets rich in plant proteins. Here, a human intervention study with 500 subjects consuming food products with enhanced amounts of plant proteins (most of legume nature) will be conducted.

Founded in 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe and the second largest university in Italy with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and more than 84.000 students, as well as 2 Integrated Research Teams, AlmaFood and Alma Low Carbon, aimed at the integration and exchange of expertise of the University in the fields, respectively, of the agri-food and the reduction of CO2 emissions and climate-changing gases. UNIBO is one of the most important institutions of higher education across EU and the second Italian University in access to EU funding. UNIBO has gained a considerable experience in International and European research projects, successfully participated in FP7 with 268 funded projects in different specific programmes.

In the first years of Horizon 2020, UNIBO won 81 projects (21 as a coordinator) for a total EU contribution of over 27 M€. In the framework of the Societal Challenge II – BioEconomy and related- initiatives, UNIBO is coordinating 2 projects, and participating as a partners in 14 agri-food projects (3 under BBI JTI, 10 under SC2, 1 project under SC5 on agri-food wastes), with a total EU contribution of over 5 M€).

At EU level, UNIBO is part of the Scientific Advisory boards of both the HDHL JPI and FACCE JPI, member of the focus group Water & agriculture of the EIP AGRI, ETP Ocean and Biofuels and RTO member of the BIC Consortium supporting the JTI Biobased Industry. UNIBO pays a special attention to the Blue Growth and the Mediterranean by being activated a BLUEGROWTH@UNIBO integrated team, supporting the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Med Area (PRIMA), being involved BLUEMED initiative and coordinating the Thematic Steering Group on Blue Growth of the EU STRATEGY FOR THE ADRIATIC-IONIAN REGION (EUSAIR) initiative. UNIBO is also actively participating to the Knowledge and Innovation Communities: in particular, in the Food&Bioeconomy area, UNIBO is affiliate member in the Climate-KIC, core member of the KIC Raw Matters and is a member of the FoodNEXUS Consortium working, on a KIC-Food proposal, for an Italian Co-location Center.

Expertise in relation to the topic

The research group participating in LegValue has a wide experience with agricultural, water and environmental policy evaluation. It has considerable expertise in a wide range of research tools, including participatory and expert-based techniques, mathematical programming, econometric methods, monetary evaluation techniques, agent-based and principal-agent models. Two departments will be involved in the project:

  • Department of Agricultural Science deals with a broad range of disciplines related to agricultural sciences, forestry, food and environment. The agricultural economics unit deals with agriculture and environmental resource economics, water and agriculture policy evaluation, economic evaluation of projects and investments, evaluation of the impact of research and innovation, evaluation of technical development in agriculture, farm planning models and decision support models.
  • Department of Statistical Sciences hosts advanced research activities in a number of fields including: statistical methodology; econometrics; applied economics; applied statistics; demographics; agro-food economics and statistics; education and social statistics; environmental and bio-medical statistics; marketing research; measurement and evaluation.
Role in the Project

UNIBO will lead WP4 whose objective is to investigate of current policy settings influencing the production of Legumes in Europe with the aim to identify potential policy needs, simulate selected alternative policy design options and identify good practices and recommendations on prospective policy measures. UNIBO will be involved in WP5.and will provide and follow 2 supply chain case studies in Italy with the respective farm networks.

Key persons involved

Dr. Davide Viaggi (M) - Professor in Agricultural Economics and Rural Appraisal. 

Dr. Meri Raggi (F)- Researcher in Statistics 

Dr. Francesco Galioto (M) - Researcher in Agricultural economics.

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • CAP-IRE (FP7, 2008-2010). It will provide a framework and empirical background for changes of farming systems in connection with policy, especially the CAP.
  • NETGROW (FP7, 2010-2014). It will provide basic knowledge and conceptual framework about mechanisms of innovation in the food chain.
  • CLAIM (FP7, 2015-2019). It will provide a framework for analysing the provision of ecosystem services by agricultural systems, usable, among other, to support policy design.
  • PROVIDE (H2020, 2015-2018. PROVIDE studies the provision of public goods by agriculture. It will provide conceptual and practical insights about the connection between different farming solutions and public goods provision, as well as insights about the value of public goods and mechanisms (public policies) for their production, including CAP design options.

The University of Pisa is one of the oldest universities in the world (officially established in 1343). Today the University of Pisa is a prestigious modern centre of teaching and advanced research. It offers 60 undergraduate and 71 postgraduate degree programmes, in all the main areas of knowledge and advanced professional education. The University has 19 Doctoral schools which provide a large number of doctoral programmes; it also offers 68 third cycle specialisation programmes and more than 100 special shorter professional programmes of further education, including an MBA. Research and teaching are combined in all fields and levels. The University of Pisa (2010-2011) has about 52000 bachelor and master students and 950 doctoral students. The research and teaching staff comprises 1552 persons. The Centre for Agri-Environmental Research “Enrico Avanzi” (CiRAA) will be the UNIPI’s structure involved in LegValue. CiRAA is the largest agricultural experimental centre in Italy and one of the largest in Europe (more than 500 ha of agricultural land). CiRAA mainly conducts on-farm research and regularly organizes demonstration activities to involve local stakeholders in new developments and products. Plot-scale experiments are usually included in the layout of larger scale (field) experiments, many of them designed and carried out as long-term experiments (the oldest since 1986). The main research topics of CIRAA include: low-external input cropping systems, soil tillage, cover crops (mainly legumes), crop protection and weed control, organic farming, agricultural mechanisation, animal husbandry, food quality, biomass and bioenergy, economic and environmental impact.

Expertise in relation to the topic

CiRAA is currently hosting two important long-term experiments on organic farming (since 2001) and cover crops (since 1993). The first one (the so called MASCOT – Mediterranean Arable System Comparison Trial) is being carried out at field scale by applying both under conventional and organic management a crop rotation including both grain legumes (i.e. pigeon bean) and legume green manures (i.e. common and hairy vetch), which are evaluated from several agronomical, ecological and economic point of views. In the second long term experiment (named COVER CROPS LTE); the factorial combination between soil tillage (i.e. annual ploughing versus conservation tillage), mineral N fertilization levels and cover crop species (including clovers and vetch) is being evaluated from agro-environmental and economic point of views. CiRAA includes several facilities for the implementation and management of field trials. The staff of CiRAA includes graduated technicians (devoted for data collection and analysis), field technicians (for the practical implementation of field operations), lab technicians (for sample processing and chemical analyses), and also administrative people. The fleet of CiRAA includes tractors and implements adapted both for entire fields and small plots. CiRAA offers also a chemical lab for the analysis of soil, water and plant samples. A meeting room is also available for the organization of dissemination activities. Due to its valuable acreage, CIRAA can be considered at the same time as a research station and as a commercial farm. In fact, a considerable portion of the agricultural land is managed for marketable production of arable crops and field vegetables. Also for these aspects, CiRAA has been formally included by the Tuscany Regional Government among the Centres for Innovation Transfer in Agriculture, and periodically CiRAA organizes field days, conferences, training courses and workshops aimed at dissemination of the results of the research activities among stakeholders.

Role in the project

UNIPI will participate in WP1, WP2, WP4 and WP6, and will lead T1.2. In WP1 it will utilize long-term data and data from dedicated experiments on legume-based cropping systems in order to estimate and map the yield of several legume species in different pedoclimatic conditions of Europe. UNIPI will also contribute to the identification of success stories of growing legumes, by using data previously generated in dedicated trials (conventional and organic, both on-farm and on-station) and digesting them within multi-actors elaborations. Together with other partners, UNIPI will contribute also to assess crop management and economic performance in a participatory way with the engagement of multi-actors, and contribute with expertise to the development of the concept and structure of the multi-year analytical tool and the decision-making tool for farmers. In WP2 UNIPI will provide data, expertise (e.g. on non-chemical weed management and on non-chemical legume green manure devitalisation) and engagement of own contacts (companies, other experts) when required. UNIPI will contribute also to gathering data on the effect of the use of bio inoculants such as commercial products including Pseudomonas putida as stimulant for soil fertility. Furthermore, UNIPI will share its expertise on the use, set-up and design of cost-effective machines for non-chemical weed control in grain legumes and mechanical termination of legume cover crops. In WP4 UNIPI will help identify good practices and recommendations on prospective policy measures based on multi-actor feedbacks. In WP6 UNIPI will contribute to various dissemination activities and co-organise demand-driven local events (e.g. field days, training) in collaboration with SSSA.

Key persons involved

Dr. Daniele Antichi (M)- Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops.

Prof. Marco Mazzoncini (M) - Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops and Director of CIRAA. 

Dr. Christian Frasconi (M)- Assistant Professor in Farm mechanization.

Dr. Massimo Sbrana (M)- Research fellow 

Dr. Luisa Martelloni (F)- post-doc 

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • FERTILCROP-Managing FERTILity building in organic CROPping systems (H2020-ERA-NET Core Organic Plus, 2015-2018). Task leader, deputy WP leader (D. Antichi). It will provide knowledge on the effect on soil fertility of various conservation agriculture practices under organic conditions.
  • QUESSA-Quantification of Ecological Services in Sustainable Agriculture (FP7, 2013-2017), partner. It will provide insights on the quantification of agroecosystem services in various cropping systems.
  • OSCAR-Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotations (FP7, 2012-2016), partner. It has provided knowledge on the multipurpose role of legume cover crops.
  • SOLIBAM-Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding And Management (FP7, 2010-2014), partner. It has provided knowledge on the importance of legume crops and cover crops in diversified food systems.
  • SMOCA-Smart Management of Organic Conservation Agriculture (IT-MIUR FIRB, 2014-2017), Principal Investigator (C. Frasconi). It provides knowledge and practical solutions (innovative machines and agronomical strategies) on smart inclusion of legume cover crops within organic and conservative cropping systems (e. arable crops, field vegetables and orchards).

Valorex is a SME, created in 1992 and has become the leader in thermo-extrusion from oil seeds as linseed, for animal feed and human food.

Valorex business trades are multiple: selecting and contracting seeds from cooperatives and other seed contractors in France and Europe. Production of compound feed for livestock in the west of France, producing seeds for extrusion for animal feed manufacturing (France, Europe, Asia, North America) for food industries (France, Europe), board counselling, expertising, creating support tools for industries to help in food and feed.

Valorex has been at the initiative of numerous scientific studies on the effects linseed as a natural source of Omega 3 in nutrition and health of animals and humans, also on the impact on methane emission by ruminants. They are also at the origin of the Bleu Blanc Coeur association (or Healthy Farming Association) that is the relay between consumers and the sustainable agricultures who are working on health solutions and environmental solutions too.

The technological process developed by Valorex aim to optimize the nutritional value of seed for protein.

Valorex development in the last 15 years has been built around linseed; the next 15 years will be spent on developing technologies that will enhance nutrition by protein crops (lupine, fababean and pea) for feed.

Expertise in relation to the topic

The corporate development plan of Valorex, and consequently our expertise, is in total relation to the topic. Actually, we are developing new process to prepare rich-protein seeds for a better nutritional valuation by animals, for a better economic valuation of the animal products as meats, eggs or dairy products, by answering the societal expectations, thanks to an adapted communication with the label Bleu Blanc Coeur. We are in relation with all kind of stakeholders involved in value chains from farmers and their suppliers (products and services), until distributors and consumers.

Role in the project

VAL will provide its own value chain supply based on processing grain legumes for feed and will look at potential for food products (WP2). Val will be involved in T3.2 and T3.3, and in WP4 and WP5, by providing its expertise, constraints and will as an SME.

Key persons involved

Guillaume CHESNEAU (M) - Director Research & Development

Mathieu GUILLEVIC (M) - Doctor of agricultural sciences.

Tiphanie SOULARD (F) - Engineer crops.

Stéphane DOUABIN (M) - Innovation and value analysis in agronomy.

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • AGRALID - ANR-12-ALID-0003 Project.

Nutritional, environmental and socio-economic assessment of several dietary menus; to move towards a Sustainable development of agricultural practices and nutritional recommendations.

  • LEGITIMES – Projet ANR-GUI-AAP-06, Programme Agro-biosphère

Construction and evaluation of territorial scenarios to include legume inclusion in cropping systems, responding to global changes in the ecosystem. Insertion in vegetable Territories to reduce Main Ecosystem Services.

  • PROLEVAL - Projet Structurant pour la compétitivité (PSPC)

PROteaginous, OLEaginous, Animal VALorisation. Development of technological processes for a better valuation of protein and oil seeds in animal feed.



Wageningen University is a leading life science university in Europe focusing on research and education in sustainable food production, health, and quality of life. Wageningen University is part of Wageningen University and Research centre, comprising 5,000 employees and hosting 9,000 students from over 100 countries. Wageningen University is active within the domain of healthy food & living environment, and comprises 5 departments, including Plant, Animal, Environment, Social Sciences, and Agrotechnology and Food. The Farming Systems Ecology (FSE) group is within the Plant Science department will contribute to LegValue. The focus of the chair group is on the transformability of agro-ecosystems, based on the analysis, evaluation and design of low external input farming systems. The ultimate goal is to contribute to fundamental re-design towards sustainable agriculture in the framework of the circular economy, partly using an action research approach. This is exemplified by integration of plant and animal production in which the utilization of natural processes is maximized and the use of external inputs and the emissions of nutrients to the environment are minimized in an ecosystems and landscape context.

Expertise in relation to the topic

Farming Systems Ecology is involved in a range of projects in the Netherlands, Europe and the developing world focused on quantitative agro-ecology, ecosystem services at field, farm and landscape level, and making research actionable with actors. It has developed a suite of modelling tools to support a quantitative systems perspective at the field, farm and landscape levels. Since 2013 the group is involved in a network of on-station experiments on diversification of cropping systems in organic production in Wageningen (sandy soils) and Lelystad (marine clay soils), complemented by a farmer network in the Dutch polders who market products both through long organic value chains and through their own brands.

Role in the project

Farming Systems Ecology (FSE) will participate in WP1 through its cropping system diversification experiments and network. Using field and farm level quantification it will elucidate how uptake of legumes in cropping systems both as monocrops and in mixtures affects the capacity of cropping systems to provide their own nitrogen sources (stockless farming), and to enhance biocontrol potential through species diversification. FSE will provide and follow the organic value chain organised by the farm network. (WP2)Through its farmer network FSE will contribute to the LEGVALUE multi-actor approach to enlarge the outcomes of the project towards a largest audience as possible in WP6. FSE will contribute to the development of the decision making tool for the farmers to better assess the economic value of introducing a legume crop in their cropping systems.

Key persons involved

Dr. Walter A.H. Rossing (M)- Associate Professor in the Farming Systems Ecology group.

Dr. Dirk F. van Apeldoorn (M)  - leads the diversification experiments and farmer network that FSE contributes to the project.

Relevant projects related to LegValue
  • stability THROUGH DIVERSITY (Various donors, 2012-2016). It will provide data on innovative crop management and legume services, with an expertise on participatory research and development including farmers, extension services, stakeholders and scientists. FSE is co-leader.
  • HORTECO (NWO, 2016-2021). It will provide tools and criteria for co-innovation of value chains that support diversification of cropping systems, identifying lock-ins and institutional constraints and providing process management tools to overcome these. FSE is coordinator.
  • Climate CAFE (ERANET+, 2015-2017). The project ‘Climate change adaptability of cropping and farming systems for Europe’ brings together long term experiments and farmer networks on benefits of diversified cropping systems, many with legumes, for climate change adaptation. FSE is co-leader.
  • Quessa (FP7, 2013-2017). The project quantification of ecosystem services for agriculture will provide tools and data for modelling and quantification of ecosystem services.
  • PURE (FP7, 2011-2015). The project will provide tools for co-innovation between researchers, advisors and farmers.

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The Leg Value project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727672.

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