Fostering sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the EU

Project: Research

Project Details


The introduction of a legume species in the crop sequence by farmers is highly dependent on the other actors of the chain, either upstream (such as breeders who offer adapted cultivars) or downstream (such as feed or food industry, which can valorise the harvested products). The project aims at developing sustainable and competitive legume-based farming systems and agrifeed and food chains in the EU including both the economic, environmental and social benefits to produce and use legumes in a sustainable manner. Specific value chains will be evaluated to reflect local, national and regional production and market diversity used to provide a range of solutions to improve the economic interest of each actor involved in the value chains to use more legumes.

The project approach to research takes stakeholder-driven objectives where the gap between research and practice will be overcome with close collaboration between non-academic actors and scientists (multi-actor approach). The project will enhance insights into how to support actors coordination for better added value sharing including technological topics that must be supported in priority to enhance legumes development. LEGVALUE will remove current market opacity to design transition pathways for EU and national policy-makers directed to increase legume production, support technological innovation and organisational innovation in supply chains, meeting the EU Parliament 2011 motion on increasing self-sufficiency on protein rich plant materials.
Short titleLEGVALUE
Effective start/end date01/05/201730/04/2021