The UCC aims to act as a community of best practice for transformation of agriculture towards more-sustainable norms, appointing specialised UC-Champions (e.g., pilot farms from each one of the sister projects), and engaging with these multiple actors using specialised channels and the most effective communication routes, to promote the inclusion of UCs in the farming systems. The UCC also aims to leverage the research excellence represented by its members and global partners to valorised UC uses across food, feed and non-food value chains. Using multi-actor approaches and integrating different perspectives for integrated research agroecology, social sciences, economics, agronomy, nutrition, artificial intelligence, genetics, horticultural sciences, food technology and others, members will work to maximise the valorisation of UCs, improving their yield, crop performance and utilisation, as well as the capacities of farmers to integrate UCs in their businesses. This aims to identify UCs and UC-based approaches which enable more-diverse cropping systems, with improved ecosystem-functions (or-services), including enhanced soil functions, greater biodiversity, minimised nutrient losses to the environment, and encouragement of better-balanced and nutritionally-enhanced diets across Europe. The network will bring together leading researchers, academics, NGOs, educators, industry professionals, policy makers worldwide to create a novel, next-generation, grassroots generated and open-data ‘theory of change’ approach.
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