Self-sufficiency in feed – views of stakeholders

Rural Norwegian landscape with red wooden houses

Through focus group meetings with actors in the value chains for meat and milk production in Norway and Sweden, actors’ views on self-sufficiency in feed was explored in the CORE Organic project PROREFINE. According to the actors, self-sufficiency in feed can be relevant at different levels: farm level, municipal or county level, national, Nordic and…

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Agriculture Must Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Farmer in wheat field

As part of the global effort to curb climate change, agriculture must reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the government and agricultural organizations in Norway have signed a letter of intent to reduce emissions and increase the absorption of carbon in agriculture. This will also be an important part of the environmental plan called Klimakur 2030…

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Scientists Airing New Carbon Offset Scheme


Sustainable aviation was the main theme during this year’s aviation conference. Through the research project Coolcrowd, Ruralis organized the workshop “Carbon offsets in aviation open for local opportunities”. – Coolcrowd links crowdfunding to the climate and considers whether compensation for travel related GHG emissions can finance climate mitigation measures in agriculture. The conference and workshop…

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Gender equality important for food security

Bina Agarwal

Last updated: 07.09.2019 In a lecture at Ruralis this week she challenged the often-cited claim that all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depend on the achievement of Goal 5 – Gender Equality. She examined this claim through the lens of household food security which is a fundamental aspect of sustainable development. She argued that although…

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AgriLink 4th Consortium Meeting – AgriLink’s potential impact is now becoming apparent

4th AgriLink consortium meeting

”From my perspective, our meeting in Pamplona was very productive” said Pierre Labarthe, the Project Coordinator.  “We now see the first results of the project and our discussions in Pamplona show that we have the potential to tackle very important issues regarding advisory services at many different levels”. The meeting in Pamplona was an intense…

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Ruralis is the local organiser of the XXVIIIth ESRS Congress


Friday, June 28, the congress concludes with 7 excursions to several parts of Trøndelag county. The congress opens with a welcome ceremony and keynote address on Tuesday afternoon, reception in the Archbishop’s Palace and a concert in Nidaros Cathedral on Tuesday evening. Anne Margrethe Brigham is the head of the local organising committee. You can…

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Contest: We are looking for farmers, foresters and agri-food initiatives with a success story to share!


Times are changing! All across Europe the agricultural, forestry and the agri‐food sectors are facing major social, economic and environmental challenges – as well as unprecedented opportunities. Rural innovation is currently one of the hottest topics of discussion from farmhouse kitchen tables to the European Commission offices in Brussels. Rural innovation is not just about…

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ESRS 2019 in Trondheim

Clarion Brattøra

Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. It was Norway’s capital from 1030 to 1217. The city has played a key role in Norway’s history, and the Nidaros Cathedral has been a popular pilgrimage site for nearly 1000 years. We will host the welcome reception in the Archbishop’s Palace next to Nidaros Cathedral (a 20 minute walk…

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The Norwegian Way: Allodial Rights and Concession Laws

This is among the conclusions in a recent Scottish report, comparing different countries regulations of agricultural property – The Allodial act and the Concession act are two of the pillars of Norwegian agricultural policy, which distinguishes us from some other countries, says Magnar Forbord, which contributed to the report. The Norwegian agricultural policy aims to…

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Solar cookers: Simple technology with huge potential

Solar thermal fruit dryers are at the core of SOLTØRK, a research project exploring how solar technology can prevent food waste, and provide revenue for people in rural areas of Mozambique. – Today, the heat in these areas results in substantial fruit spoilage. Solar dryers combined with newly developed breathable membrane bags can absorb heat…

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Can we save the earth thorugh crowdfunding in agriculture?

In order to implement crowdfunding as a feasible solution for climate mitigation in agriculture several obstacles need solving. CoolCrowd, a research project led by Ruralis, discussed these obstacles during their first stakeholder meeting. – Carbon credit programs for customers wanting to pay for their own emissions, is getting increasingly popular, stated project manager, Pia Otte,…

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Barriers in the Bioeconomy

This is the conclusion from a review of Norway’s policy, regarding the transition to a bioeconomy society. – The Norwegian government strives towards lower dependency on fossil fuels in the national economy, which is evident in the government’s bioeconomy strategy from 2016. Our studies however, shows that relevant sectors currently awaits initiative from the government.…

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A Social Democratic Chicken


19.000 tonnes chicken was produced in Norway in 1990, compared to 86.305 tonnes in 2016, shows an article by Hilde Bjørkhaug, Jostein Vik and Carol Richards. – Chicken production in both Norway and the rest of the world has seen substantial growth since the late 90’s. This is partly due to changes in the genetic…

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Those with lowest expectations needs more involvement

  Simultaneously, the identified sector differences hints about actors in need of more involvement. These are among the findings in an article exploring expectations towards the bioeconomy in Norway, written by Lillian Hansen and Hilde Bjørkhaug. Biotechnology, industry, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture are among the sectors the study has mapped. Lillian Hansen, stipendiat hos Ruralis.…

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Living lab

Renate deltar på idedugnad

In the AgriLink project, the working method should be used to strengthen innovations in agriculture, including the involvement of counseling. At the end of February, participants from six different countries gathered in Leuven in Belgium to train and develop the work of living lab. These represented the six attempts to be carried out in one…

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