Epok works with coordination and initiation of research on organic food and farming.
The objective is to:
- help to ensure that research is of high quality and of great relevance to different audiences
- promote collaboration and interdisciplinarity though coordination of research
- contribute to increased international collaboration
Swedish research on organic food and farming in the past 15 years was largely financed with directed calls from the research council Formas, the Swedish Board of Agriculture and SLU Ekoforsk at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Furthermore, the Swedish Farmers’ Foundation for Agricultural Research as well as Ekhaga Foundation is funding research and development relevant for organic farming.
To facilitate funders priorities Epok coordinates the production of a single document with the main future challenges and knowledge needs of the organic food chain towards greater sustainability, efficiency, and environmental and social benefits. The current document is called Research Agenda for Organic Agriculture in 2013.
International cooperation is vital to enhance the quality of research. CORE Organic is a so-called ERA-Net project where a number of EU countries is announcing and co-funding transnational research projects. Formas is the Swedish partner in the project.
Short descriptions of ongoing and finished Swedish research project are collected in the catalogue "Swedish Research on Organic Food and Farming"
There is also TP Organics, which is a common European platform for research in organic agriculture.
Epok is working for increased Nordic coordination, and collaborates with research organizations in neighboring countries, such as the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS).
In the international database Organic E-prints You can find publications and information about research projects and programs.