Moving from source to sink in arable farming

Which cost-effective farm management practices and tools could foster and ensure long-lasting carbon storage in arable farming, contributing to climate change mitigation?

The final report of this Focus Group has now been published. 

Read all the information at a glance in the Carbon storage in arable farming factsheet.


  • Take stock of the current practices and tools which could foster long-lasting carbon storage in soils and improve soil quality in the different geographical and climatic conditions of the EU. Identify challenges and opportunities.
  • Collect good practices and success stories from different European areas, especially focusing on farmers' and advisers' experiences.
  • Compare different management practices taking into account the feasibility and cost-effectiveness at farm level.
  • Identify success factors (such as knowledge requirements, partnerships) and technical/economic/social barriers, or fail factors, concerning the adoption of practices fostering carbon storage in arable farming.
  • Discuss how these practices may be transferred to other conditions (location, type of production).
  • Suggest innovative solutions and provide ideas for EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and other innovative projects.
  • Take stock of the state of play of research. Identify needs from practice and possible gaps in knowledge concerning carbon storage capacity in arable farming which may be solved by further research.



Other information:

Focus Group members:

Surname, first name Profession Country
Almagro, María
Researcher Spain
Antichi, Daniele
Researcher Italy
Balkema, Annelise
Advisor Netherlands
Bartelds, Nicole
Farmer Netherlands
Basch, Gottlieb
Researcher Portugal
Comellas Jodar, Oriol
Farmer Spain
Costantini, Edoardo
Researcher Italy
Grand, Alfred
Farmer Austria

Lavier, Benoit

Farmer France
Le Cadre, Edith
Other France
Mantovi, Paolo
Researcher Italy
Mihelič, Rok
Researcher Slovenia
Perrin, Anne-Sophie
Researcher France
Ruysschaert, Greet
Researcher Belgium
Sarno, Giampaolo
Civil servant Italy
Sekowski, Mateusz
Advisor Poland
Syp, Alina
Researcher Poland
van Dijk, Paul
Researcher France
van Wesemael, Bas
Researcher Belgium
Virto Quecedo, Iñigo
Researcher Spain
Facilitation team
Hedlund, Katarina
Coordinating expert Sweden
Schreuder, Remco
Task manager Netherlands
García Lamparte, Andrés M.
Backup Spain


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