Intercropping different plant protein crops offers Europe a vital solution to achieve self-sustainability in food production. This innovative approach not only diversifies nutritional profiles and maximises land utilisation but also contributes to carbon sequestration, enhances food security, and supports local economies.

The objective of VALPRO Path is to establish a novel value chain by integrating various plant protein crops, for example, peas and faba beans. This strategy is intended to mitigate potential yield losses and enhance the functionality of the resulting mixed protein system through Innovation Production System 3, a living lab set by VALPRO. 

To acquire valuable insights, DIGNITY PRIVATE COMPANY, a consortium member of VALPRO Path has developed a questionnaire to explore the broader social impacts of intercropping. Through direct engagement with farmers, VALPRO Path seeks to gather valuable insights that can benefit all stakeholders and support future research efforts. The aim is to identify and assess the expected social impacts of intercropping (positive impacts, risks, motivators, constraints).       

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About VALPRO Path

VALPRO Path, a Horizon Europe project spanning four years from September 2022 to August 2026, involves 22 partners from nine countries. It aims to revolutionise plant protein production in the EU through five Innovation Production Systems (living labs) in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Denmark. These pilots cover diverse climatic regions and focus on high-value protein crops such as pea, lupin, chickpea, faba bean, and lentils. By selecting the best plant-protein sources and employing sustainable practices, VALPRO Path ensures the growth of protein crops. Alongside enhancing plant protein production, the project also introduces vegetable burgers, baked goods, and pasta sourced from various crops. Emphasising bio-based products and circular business models, VALPRO Path aligns with EU priorities for sustainability. Tailored business models cater to European consumer demands for carbon neutrality, authenticity, and traceability, driving economic growth and societal welfare in line with the European Green Deal.

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