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Societal impact

The Centre translates innovative research into practical solutions, enabling farmers to embrace sustainable practices. We personally mentor farmers, provide hands-on training and boost confidence to embrace sustainable farming practices.

Together with farmers, governments and chain actors, we create a powerful network that accelerates the transition to sustainable agriculture. Our impact goes beyond the agricultural sector. Through events and publications, we actively share knowledge with society, striving to set a sustainable standard for the future.

Public activities

A selection of the public activities:

Rabo &Co - het ledenmagazine van Rabobank - interview with Gjalt de Jong on the importance of regenerative agriculture
Podcast Open Science Bites- Stefano Bertorini about bringing farmers and researchers together for sustainable agriculture
ESsentie Westeresch - mini docu about pilot where Forestry Commission and leaseholders are working towards a sustainable form of agriculture
Podcast Omrop Fryslân - Gjalt de Jong about nature inclusive agriculture
Documentary Omrop Fryslân - Fryslân Dok - about Nature inclusive agriculture

Friesch Dagblad - Minisimposium UG Campus Fryslân ‘Healthy food from healthy soil with healthy incomes'- Friesch Dagblad

Nieuwe oogst - newswebsite about agriculture

Broerstraat 5 - Interview UG -magazine with Gjalt de Jong about the sustainable agricultural transition.

Re-Ge-NL is a project funded by the National Growth Fund (NGF). The NGF is an initiative of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate Change and of Finance. With the NGF, the government is investing 20 billion between 2021 and 2025 in projects that will ensure long-term sustainable economic growth. The NGF invests in projects with the most opportunities for structural and sustainable economic growth in the two areas: Knowledge Development and Research, Development and Innovation.

With the allocated funds, Re-Ge-NL will work with Dutch farmers to develop a future-proof agricultural sector. By focusing on regenerative agricultural practices, combining food production with soil improvement and nature restoration, the project will not only contribute to the conservation of our natural resources, but also provide economic opportunities for farmers across the agri-food complex.

The project will start with a thousand farmers making the transition to regenerative agriculture, with specific focus on five focus areas. The grant will allow these farmers to be supported and provided with the necessary resources and expertise to implement regenerative farming practices. These first steps will serve as a leading example for the entire agricultural sector, both nationally and internationally.

This valuable financial support will enable regenerative agriculture to become the new norm between 2030 and 2040. The Re-Ge-NL project will not only transform the agricultural sector, but also contribute to a more sustainable future for the planet and the communities that depend on it.

The Re-Ge-NL programme proposal was submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. It was developed by Next Food Collective, Wageningen University & Research, Groningen University and Utrecht University in collaboration with 54 partners from across the food system. Farmer cooperatives and networks, chain parties, financial institutions, knowledge & technology providers and education & research institutions will jointly start implementation in 2024.

Read the summary of the programme

More about ReGeNL

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