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3rd CAPTIIVATE newsletter

Our 3rd project newsletter covering period from January to August 2023 is out! 

You will read about: 

  • learning activities & testing of Eco Farm Assessment and Decission Tool (EAD tool) 
  • 3rd and 4th transnational project meeting 
  • Learning, Teaching & Training activities 
  • CAPTIVATE presentation at Symposium on Agriculture in Dubrovnik, Croatia 
  • CAP Multiplier events in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia
  • EAD tool process of development




The Strategic Plan of the Common Agricultural Policy of the Republic of Croatia 2023-2027, for the first time, enables the provision of support for eco-schemes as one-year climate and environmental interventions within direct payments. Although green payments are being phased out starting from 2023, eco-schemes do not directly replace them because green payments were mandatory for direct payment beneficiaries, while obligations for implementing eco-schemes are voluntarily undertaken by the beneficiaries.

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Product Environmental Footprint - a standardized method for assessing the environmental impact of products intended for sale in the European Union


Companies from the food industry and all other industries that want to market their products (goods and services) as environmentally friendly within the European Union, will have to consider measuring the environmental performance of any of their products throughout its life cycle. Without an up-to-date and dependable Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) or other sustainability assessment methods, it is almost impossible to make optimal decisions for improving a product’s environmental performance.

Multiplier Event in Croatia

Another CAPTIVATE Multiplier Event was conducted yesterday in Sisak, Croatia! 

Event was organised by project partner IPS Konzalting, as part of the seminar „New EU calls in agriculture“. Focus of the seminar was introducing particpants, mainly farmers, with novelties of the new CAP 2023 - 2027 with an emphasis on EU green ambitions and connected rules and requirements for farmers.

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European Green Deal

The European Green Deal is a package of policy initiatives, which aims to set the EU on the path to a green transition, with the ultimate goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050. The European Green Deal provides solutions related to climate, environment and nature protection issues. It contains measures to improve resource efficiency through the transition to a clean circular economy and to stop climate change, reduce pollution and restore biodiversity.

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1st Multiplier Event was held in Hungary

We joined the organic farming conference, organized by ÖMKi in Kecskemét at John von Neumann University on 28 February 2023, with a full session dedicated to the CAPTIVATE project activities, attracting nearly 60 participants, primarily farm advisors, farmers, teachers, and students.

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Partnership meeting in Vienna!

We are in Austria on the 3rd TPM of the project, hosted by FiBL-AT, between 16-17 January 2023. This is a crucial and busy period by the CAPTIVATE work plan, right before starting the learning activities, and soon finishing the development of our knowledge base, assessment tool, and e-learning platform. We are also getting ready for the learning teaching training activity, and the preparation for the first wave of multiplier events.

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Today, the world's agriculture faces many environmental, economic and social challenges. Answers to problems often induce development directions that are partly opposed to each other, such as in the case of digitization and ecologization. In our research, we identified the most important sustainability challenges affecting agriculture, the food industry and consumption through descriptive statistical analysis of Eurostat's agri-environment management indicators and HCSO data.

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Farm to Fork Strategy

Climate change and environmental degradation present a serious threat to Europe and the entire world. Since the time of the industrial revolution, there has been a significant increase in the average temperature at the world level, and the average temperature at the world level today is higher by 0.94 - 1.03° than at the end of the 19th century. According to the European Environment Agency, the EU is the third largest source of greenhouse gases in the world, right after China and the USA.

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The farm sustainability data network: An example for accessing sustainability information of European agriculture

Agriculture and food systems are the central driving forces of environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change. In order to facilitate the transition towards more sustainable forms of food production, understanding and measuring on farm sustainability is crucial to evaluating the status quo and progress of applying on farm environmental measures and eco-practices.

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Farm sustainability assessment tools – examples and relevance

Farmers and their farms play a crucial role in the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and food systems. Recognizing the urgent need for increasing resilience of socio-economic and ecological systems, we must consider sustainability assessment as an auspicious instrument for improving decision-making strategies at farm level to facilitate sustainable change.

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Sustainability assessment using the SMART farm tool

Sustainability is the buzzword in the current debate about the environmental impact of the agricultural and food sector. The sector needs to become much more sustainable, most experts, practicioners and political decision-makers agree. But how this should be done, continues to cause heated debates. The central question is: how can we produce and provide sufficient healthy and culturally appropriate food for a growing  population in a resource limited world? At the same time, farmers should reduce negative environmental and social impacts of food production.

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Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems – FAO’s approach to sustainability

In the view of increasing environmental concerns, sustainability has come into the foreground over the past decade and several sustainability assessment tools have been developed. Critiques claim though, sustainability is only an empty phrase because of frequent unreflective usage and overstretching of the concept - often solely for commercialization purpose. Nonetheless, sustainability assessment is more important than ever due to ongoing environmental degradation, socioeconomic worsening or even crises related to agriculture and food systems.

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The situation of organic farming in the European Union and Hungary

The article primarily provides farmers and consultants with basic information about the current situation of organic farming. Within the framework of the CAPTIVATE program, it provides information on the topic of sustainable and organic farming.

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