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About Living Labs

A Living Lab can be defined as an open innovation environment in real-life settings in which user-driven innovation is the co-creation process for new services, products, and societal infrastructures. LLs are a rapidly diffusing phenomenon, as demonstrated by the growth of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Recent EU-H2020 funded projects have put a strong emphasis on LLs building evidence on the validity of this approach for rural areas and agriculture, from rural-based circular economy (LIVERUR), to agro-ecological innovation (AE4EU and ALL-Ready).

Living Labs in the context of LIVESEEDING innovation action:

The 17 LLs offer a forum where actors involved in organic breeding at different stages of the innovation process will be mobilised by partners and engaged through appropriate methods in participatory co-creation processes in the organic seed sector. Each LL will integrate different segments of the project’s activities into real-world settings that will be specific to their unique context. LLs will represent a diversity of European agroecosystems, breeding approaches, and value chains.

Country: CH

Number of Living Labs: 2

LL1 name and stage: vegetables (A, R, C)

  • Value chain: Coop CH (retailer)
  • Seed companies/breeders: Sativa, Zollinger
  • Farmers & farmer associations: BioSuisse

LL2 name and stage: Legumes (E, N)

  • Value chain: Hilcona (food processing)
  • Seed companies/breeders: Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz e.V.
  • Farmers & farmer associations: BioSuisse

Country: DE

Number of Living Labs: 1

LL1 name and stage: vegetables (A, N, C)

  • Value chain: Naturata, Voelkel, Odin, Bioverita
  • Seed companies/breeders: Kultursaat, Sativa, Saat:gut
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Demeter, Bioland

Country: ESP

Number of Living Labs: 2

LL1 name and stage: Vegetables (A, P, C)

  • Value chain: Local processors, chefs, local markets
  • Seed companies/breeders: Les Refardes, Associació Varietats locals
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders

LL2 name and stage: Vegetables (A, R, C)

  • Value chain: Agricola Villena Coop, provider to major retailers in ES, local markets and restaurants
  • Seed companies/breeders: PPB with UPV scientists
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Organic farmers in Coop, also open to non-members

Country: FR

Number of Living Labs: 2

LL1 name and stage: Arable (A, R, C)

  • Value chain: Local processors, chefs, AMAP (CSA initiatives) and local markets
  • Seed companies/breeders: PPB with farmers, processors and consumers
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Federation of Organic farmers and Réseau Semences Paysannes

LL2 name and stage: Cereals (A, R)

  • Value chain: Registration and certification office, millers, bakers
  • Seed companies/breeders: UBIOS (cooperative seed station)
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Coops of organic farmers (Biocer, Cocebi)

Country: GR

Number of Living Labs: 2

LL1 name and stage: Cereals (A, N, C)

  • Value chain: Variety examination office, processors, millers, local markets
  • Seed companies/breeders: AEGILOPS
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Union of North Greece Ecological farmers

LL2 name and stage: Pepper (A, R, C)

  • Value chain: Local processors, chefs, local markets
  • Seed companies/breeders: AEGILOPS, OIKOS SEEDS
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Union of North Greece Ecological farmers

Country: HU

Number of Living Labs: 1

LL1 name and stage: Arable (A, N, C)

  • Value chain: Lidl (retailer)
  • Seed companies/breeders: local seed producers
  • Farmers & farmer associations: on-farm producer partners

Country: IT

Number of Living Labs: 2

LL1 name and stage: Rice (E, R, C)

  • Value chain: EcoNaturaSi (organic retailer)
  • Seed companies/breeders: Una Garlanda organic farm (registered seed company)
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Network of organic rice producers from “Resilient Rice” project

LL2 name and stage: Tomato (E, R, C)

  • Value chain: Zolle (CSA initiative in Rome); La Buona Terra
  • Seed companies/breeders: ARC, RSR, ALSIA Basilicata
  • Farmers & farmer associations: DesBri (CSA consumer group)

Country: NL

Number of Living Labs: 1

LL1 name and stage: Wheat (E, N)

  • Value chain: De Graanrepubliek, local millers and bakers through the country
  • Seed companies/breeders: Dottenfelderhof, Agrologica, ÖMKI
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Organic farmers through the country

Country: SI

Number of Living Labs: 1

LL1 name and stage: Arable (E, N)

  • Value chain: Local agrifood businesses
  • Seed companies/breeders: RGA
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Local farmers association

Country: PT

Number of Living Labs: 2

LL1 name and stage: Vegetables (E, R, C)

  • Value chain: Community markets, restaurants, variety tasting, PPB
  • Seed companies/breeders: Science Centre of Idanha
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Association ADPM

LL2 name and stage: Maize (A, P, C)

  • Value chain: Maize associated with human uses (e.g. maize bread)
  • Seed companies/breeders: IPC - PPB activity
  • Farmers & farmer associations: ADERSOUSA, COPAGRI, processors, municipality of Lousada

Country: UK

Number of Living Labs: 1

LL1 name and stage: Arable (A, N)

  • Value chain: White's Oats, processor
  • Farmers & farmer associations: Organic Arable (LTP)
  • Value chain: Hilcona (food processing)
  • Seed companies/breeders: Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz e.V.
  • Farmers & farmer associations: BioSuisse

Legend of Living lab stage:

A = Advanced; E = Emerging; N = National; R = Regional; P = Periurban; C = Citizens directly involved;
Med = Mediterranean; Cont = Continental, Pann = Pannonian
LIVESEEDING Living Labs list

LL name & stage

Climatic area, EU zone

Partners

Value chain

Seed companies/breeders

Farmers & farmer associations

Vegetables_CH (A,R,C)

Cont., Centre

31,2

Coop CH (retailer)

Sativa, Zollinger

BioSuisse

Legumes_CH (E,N)

Cont., Centre

2

Hilcona (food processing)

Getreidezüchtung Peter

Kunz e.V.

BioSuisse

Vegetables_DE

(A,N,C)

Cont.,

Centre

17

Naturata, Voelkel, Odin,

Bioverita

Kultursaat, Sativa,

Saat:gut

Demeter, Bioland

Vegetables_ES1

(A,P,C)

Med.,

South

6

Local processors, chefs, local

markets

Les Refardes,

Associació Varietats

locals

Unió de Llauradors i

Ramaders

Vegetables_ES2

(A,R,C)

Med.,

South

25

Agricola Villena Coop, provider

to major retailers in ES, local

markets and restaurants

PPB with UPV

scientists

Organic farmers in Coop,

also open to non-members

Arable_FR1

(A,R,C)

Atlantic,

Centre

8,4

Local processors, chefs, AMAP

(CSA initiatives) and local

markets

PPB with farmers,

processors and

consumers

Federation of Organic

farmers and Réseau

Semences Paysannes

Cereals_FR2

(A,R)

Atlantic,

Centre

8,23

Registration and certification

office, millers, bakers

UBIOS (cooperative

seed station)

Coops of organic farmers

(Biocer, Cocebi)

Cereals_EL

(A,N,C)

Med,

South

18

Variety examination office,

processors, millers, local

markets

AEGILOPS

Union of North Greece

Ecological farmers

Pepper_EL

(A,R,C)

Med.,

South

18,28

Local processors, chefs, local

markets

AEGILOPS, OIKOS

SEEDS

Union of North Greece

Ecological farmers

Arable_HU

(A,N,C)

Pann.,

East

5

Lidl (retailer)

local seed producers

on-farm producer partners

Rice_IT

(E,R,C)

Cont.,

South

15

EcoNaturaSi (organic retailer)

Una Garlanda organic

farm (registered seed

company)

Network of organic rice

producers from “Resilient

Rice” project

Tomato_IT

(E,R,C)

Med.,

South

15,16

Zolle (CSA initiative in Rome);

La Buona Terra

ARC, RSR, ALSIA

Basilicata

DesBri (CSA consumer

group)

Wheat_NL

(E,N)

Atlantic,

Centre

19

De Graanrepubliek, local millers

and bakers through the country

Dottenfelderhof,

Agrologica, ÖMKI

Organic farmers through

the country

Vegetables_PT

(E,R,C)

Med.,

South

14

Community markets,

restaurants, variety tasting, PPB

Science Centre of

Idanha

Association ADPM

Arable_SI

(E,N)

Cont.,

East

3

Panvita

RGA

Local farmers association

Arable_UK

(A,N)

Atlantic,

North

9,10

White’s Oats, processor

Organic Arable (LTP)

Maize_PT

(A,P,C)

Med.,

South

30

Maize associated with human

uses (e.g. maize bread)

IPC – PPB activity

ADERSOUSA,

COPAGRI, processors,

municipality of Lousada

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