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Fork-to-farm agent-based simulation tool augmenting BIOdiversity in the agri-food VALUE chain | duration: 10/2021 - 09/2025

  • Context and Objective

A common observation is that crop diversity in Europe declined over the last decades. Thus, crops (various legumes and vegetable cultivars) that can enrich biodiversity significantly are scarcely present in the agri-food value chain and in consumers’ food diets since they are no longer economically viable. The BIOVALUE project will provide strategies for an increased use of biodiversity from underutilized genetically diverse crops and look for options to introduce crop diversity into value chains.

The main aim of the BIOVALUE project is to develop a dynamic and customizable tool that will analyse the link among biodiversity, the agri-food value chain, the environment and consumer’s preferences and health. This tool will help to introduce, model, evaluate, produce and spread underutilized, genetically diverse crops and final marketable products produced from them.

The project focuses on a demand-driven approach, from fork-to-farm, explicitly modelling agent interactions and behaviour throughout the value chain (ABM based – agent-based modelling), as well as various present and future climatic and water availability scenarios in Europe and beyond. The final outcome of the project includes complete novel food dishes and novel processed food products that successfully incorporate underutilized, genetically diverse crops and pave the way for their introduction to market and therefore enter agricultural production.

Furthermore, the project will produce a set of key performance indicators to measure policy quality and impact, environmental evolution and compliance with regulations of introducing underutilized, genetically diverse crops to the value chain and is by design expandable to further enhance biodiversity in the value chain. Case studies from 12 countries in Europe are involved as basis for analysis and the data source.

The project consortium consists of 17 partners from Greece, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Estonia, Norway, Hungary, Romania, Zypern, Georgia, Turkey and is coordinated by the Aristotel University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The BIOVALUE team includes universities, research institutes, small and medium-sized companies, farm organizations, consulting companies, thus, merging the knowledge and experience from both - academia and practice.

JLU Giessen is represented within the consortium by the ZEU team (Centre for international and environmental research). In this constellation, integrated to ZEU are activities of the Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change group (Dr. Elena Xoplaki), the Organic Farming group (Prof. Andreas Gattinger), the Agricultural Economics and Food System group (Dr. Irina Solovyeva), as well as the Landscape Ecology group (Prof. Rainer Waldhardt). ZEU is leading work package 8 on “Enhancing the agri-food value chain biodiversity links via the BIOVALUE tool” which will work on development of normative scenario for the BIOVALUE tool and afterwards test the tool.

Within this context the ZEU team will investigate and integrate the improvement options and strategies enhancing crop diversity for each value chain agent and entire value chain. The idea is to study the agents’ perceptions and cooperation strategies and to integrate them into normative scenarios for entire value chain.  Apart from that, ZEU will lead the tasks related to modelling the possible effects of climate change on biodiversity and the changing interrelationships between biodiversity, soil and water conditions brought on by climate change. These tasks involve generation of high-quality climate projections for the next decades at daily, monthly and seasonal scales, downscaled to 1 km or higher. Specific emphasis is put on spatial and time distribution of extreme and compound events. Finally, the ZEU team will be involved into the tasks related to the BIOVALUE breeding programme that will study in detail the nutritional quality and postharvest behavior of the planted species in the 7 paired pilot cases (situated in 12 countries chosen for the case studies).

The BIOVALUE project is funded with about six million euros, of which JLU receives about 430,000 euros.



  • Principal Investigator & Institution

  • Staff

Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)

Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen (Germany)

Department of Geography

Post  Doc at the ZEU

Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen


Senior Researcher at the Professorship for Organic Agriculture & ZEU 

Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen




Main Contact Institute Country
Konstadinos Mattas Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece
Sjur Spildo Prestegard
Lampros Lamprinakis
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) Norway
Csillag Peter ECO-SENSUS Research and Communication Nonprofit Ltd Hungary
Burkhard Schaer

Ecozept France SARL

Andreas Katsiotis Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) Cyprus
Eleonora Barili SOLINTAGRO SL (SOL) Spain
Tiiu Kull Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU) Estonia

Elena Xoplaki

Andreas Gattinger

Rainer Waldhardt

Konstantin Becker

Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen Germany
Murat Yercan Ege University (EGE) Turkey

Guilio Malorgio

Alessia Di Sandro

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna Italy

Ioanna Deligkiozi

Myrto Pelopida

Alexandros Zoikis Karathanasis

Ioannis Maris

AXIA Innovation UG - AXIA Germany
Nino Zambakhidze Georgian Farmers Association (GFA) Georgia
Maria Glibetic Institute for Medical Research - Center of research
excellence in nutrition and metabolism
Carlos  Leyva Guerreiro IDENER Research & Develpment AIE Spain
  Capacity Development in Nutrition Research (CAPNUTRA) Serbia
  Confederazione generalle dell agricoltura Italiana (CAGRI) Italy
  Bioland Beratung GmbH (BIOLAND) Germany
George Baourakis
Eleni Stamataki
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) Greece




  • More project information


The project is funded by European Commission, H2020-EU.3.2.1. - Sustainable agriculture and forestry                  


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