STRATUS

Advisory network for optimal fertilisers use

Abstract *


STRATUS, extending over 60 months, aims to connect advisors across Europe for accelerating knowledge creation and sharing on Integrated Fertilization Management, supporting farmers to bring this knowledge into practice to achieve the ambition of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, thus reducing nutrient losses to the environment while maintaining soil fertility. For this, STRATUS will create an EU-wide advisory network through the creation of three transnational sub-networks (Fertilization Innovation Networks - FIN) on Precision farming, Bio-based fertilisers and Soil quality (SQ) in which trained advisors will collect a total of 104 Good Practices (GPs) and Research Innovations (RIs) on optimal fertiliser use and will identify at least 48 Best Practices (BPs) as the result of the systemic feasibility assessment of the GPs and RIs . In addition, STRATUS will also ensure the integration of the advisors in the MS AKIS as well as the adaptation of the project work to the local conditions through the creation of 10 Communities of Practices (CoPs), in 10 partners countries, established with local AKIS actors, following the MA approach. Based on these BPs, STRATUS will develop 60 demonstrations and training material that will facilitate advisors to exchange knowledge, experiences and key challenges for advisory practice through Cross Visits in all MS and CoPs. All the knowledge generated in the project will become available through an inventory hosted in the digital platform of the STRATUS project. STRATUS will determine the model for the exploitation model of the platform besides the self-sustainability of the EU-wide advisory network . STRATUS will cover all EU27 MS, eleven (11) MS are covered directly by project partners, while the other are covered through being members of EUFRAS and SEASN and project’s advisory organisations in charge of “mirroring” knowledge exchange.

STRATUS objectives


The overarching aim of STRATUS is to connect advisors across Europe for accelerating knowledge creation and sharing on Integrated Fertilization Management, supporting farmers to bring this knowledge into practice to achieve the ambition of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, thus reducing nutrient losses to the environment while maintaining soil fertility. Through implementing a Multi-Actor (MA) approach, and with the majority of project partners being farm advisors and associations with solid field experience, STRATUS will create an advisors’ network reaching out to all EU27 countries during the 5 year duration of the project, thus mobilizing the EU-wide agricultural advisory community while implementing measures for their effective integration in the respective national/regional AKIS. STRATUS will thus support the transition to more sustainable nutrient management by ensuring that farm advisors have access to innovative solutions for optimising fertiliser use, reducing farmers' dependency on mineral fertilisers while ensuring yields.