Our challenge: How to make organic farming profitable on rainfed lands VIDEO English subtitles

The project was undertaken across a total area of approximately 400 ha of rainfed land located in 4 Spanish Autonmous Communities (Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Aragón and Navarra). A total of 22 farmers participated in the project’s implementation, and each one of them offered about 25 ha of their own land. Some of these lands were used for conventional agricultural purposes (using agro-chemicals and soil turnover) while others were looking to convert their lands into organic production schemes.

New management systems based on crop rotation were introduced on the farmers’ lands, in order to move away from conventional monoculture practices. Rotational schemes for three-year cycles were set in motion: legumes-cereals-oil seed. In each of these families, different crops were chosen depending on the geographic location of each plot and the market tendencies. Traditional crops such as chickpeas, lentils, carob, durum wheat, spelt or safflower were cultivated.

Many videos about the project and its effect in networking and knowledge transfer were made and published in order to disseminate information on how to improve soil quality and promote sustainable management with low investment costs.

 

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