Stratus Project

STRATUS, extending over 60 months, aims to connect advisors across Europe for accelerating knowledge creation and sharing on Integrated Fertilization Management, supporting farmers to bring this knowledge into practice to achieve the ambition of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, thus reducing nutrient losses to the environment while maintaining soil fertility.

Senior farmer standing in barley fiel

How will Stratus enhance  knowledge sharing in Integrated Fertilization Management?


STRATUS aims at connecting advisors across Europe to support farmers bringing the knowledge on integrated fertilization management into practice, to achieve the ambition of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, thus reducing nutrient losses to the environment while maintaining soil fertility.



Create a digital platform providing an inventory of EU-wide Good Practices on optimal fertiliser use and creating guidelines for advisors to draw Nutrient Management Plans 


Identify 48 Best Practices and key success factors for their replicability across the EU as well as the barriers affecting their acceptance and adoption, taking into account economic, environmental, and social aspects.


Support advisors and farmers in the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and key challenges for practice around optimal fertiliser use through the development of activities and materials covering 27 member states of the European Union.

Work Packages

Work Packages

WP1 Network creation and sustainability

The goal of WP1 is to create an EU-wide advisory network that is integrated into the 27 EU AKIS (agricultural knowledge and innovation system) to accelerate the adoption of effective and novel practices for optimal fertiliser use across Europe. WP1 will:

  • Structure, implement, and steer the network to lay the foundations of the WP2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 activities, connecting advisors in all EU Member States around three networks (Fertilizer Innovation Networks-FINs) addressing the main challenges on Integrated Fertilization Management (IFM) ensuring their integration into their respective regional/national AKIS through the Communities of Practices (CoPs).
  • Ensure interaction with policymakers and the alignment of the project outcomes with the relevant policy framework.
  • Develop a strategy for the network’s sustainability after the project end.

WP2 Knowledge gathering and platform for KE sharing

The goal of WP2 is the collection and delivery of knowledge about Good Practices (GPs) and Research Innovations (RIs) related to Integrated Fertiliser Management. To achieve this goal, the following objectives will be pursued:

  • Establishment of guidelines for the identification and collection of GPs and RIs, as well as collecting the needs of the users of the STRATUS digital platform.
  • Development, update, and upgrade of the STRATUS digital platform.
  • Collection of GPs and RIs following the guidelines established for this purpose.

    WP3 Systemic feasibility assessment

    The main goal of WP3 is to evaluate the feasibility of the GPs and RIs in a systemic way. The primary focus will be on the analysis of the farm-economic effects of applying the GPs and RIs. In addition, aspects that will be analysed include on-farm applicability, effects on the value chain, legal aspects, and environmental and social implications accompanying the new GPs and RIs. The results of WP3 will further be used to feed the Fertilizer Innovation Networks (FINs) discussions. WP3 will focus on the following objectives:

    • Method development for the systemic feasibility analysis.
    • Quick scan of the systemic feasibility for the collected GPs and RIs.
    • Detailed systemic feasibility analysis for the identified Best Practices (BPs).

      WP4 Facilitation of knowledge transfer and exchange

      WP4 will facilitate advisors and their organisations to exchange knowledge, experiences, and key challenges for advisory practice through:

      • Method development and organisation of cross visits, demonstrations and trainings with the Train the Trainer approach.

      Cross-cutting Work Packages

      • The Work Package for Communication, dissemination, and exploitation will:
        • Ensure effective external communication and transfer of STRATUS outcomes to ensure their use and replicability
        • Engage with advisors and farmers so that the Good Practices, Research Innovations, and Best Practices identified and shared by the STRATUS networks address their real needs and concerns
        • Convey the project outputs to stakeholders (especially advisors, farmers, policymakers, and academia) and encourage their use for generating the expected impacts towards the reduction of nutrient losses and use of fertilisers
      • The Work Package for Coordination and Management will:
        • Ensure the implementation of the project according to the work plan, Grant Agreement (GA), and Consortium Agreement (CA), with a strong strategic direction and liaising with existing EU projects.
        • Ensure proper management of data describing the data management life cycle for the data to be collected, processed and/or generated in the project



      Instituto Navarro de Tecnologías e Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias SA


      Agricultural Advisory Centrein Brwinow


      Agricultural University of Athens


      Chamber of Agricultureand Forestry of Slovenia


      Iniciativas Innovadoras SAL


      Southern Agriculture And Horticulture Organization

      Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique


      Association des Chambres d’Agriculture de l’Arc Atlantique


      Eiropas Lauksaimniecibas Un Lauku Konsultantu Asociacija


      South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network


      Regione Toscana

      EV ILVO

      Eigen Vermogen Van Het Instituut Voor Landbouw- En Visserijonderzoek


      Wageningen University & Research


      HS Hushallningssallskapens Service Aktiebolag


      University of Ghent

      Other initiatives

      You can find here information about projects and initiatives with which STRATUS has synergies and collaborates towards incresing its impact in the topics addressed together.

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      BBioNets is a thematic network that relies on, promotes and further advances the work carried out by EIP-AGRI Operational Groups (OGs) with respect to the management and/or processing of agricultural and forest biomass with BBTs. Its objective is to incite primary producers all over Europe to embrace and adopt BBTs that will enable them to reduce GHG emissions, make better use of underutilised biomass, create new diversified incomes, reduce costs through circular practices, increase farm/forest sustainable management, and create/develop new value chains.