At the heart of these efforts stands the Donau Soja Academy, symbolising a commitment to fostering good agricultural practices specifically tailored to protein crops. The Academy serves as a central hub for the dissemination of verified knowledge, offering valuable insights into crop management and technology, with a particular emphasis on advancing the agronomy of soybeans. Through these activities the Donau Soja Academy contributes to close the yield gap in protein crops, especially in soy cultivation (remark: the yield gap is defined by the difference between the potential and actual crop yield).
The Donau Soja Academy in practice
The Donau Soja Organisation operates in several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, directly engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders within the farming community. This includes smallholders and large-scale producers, companies involved in farm input supply, the primary processing industry, and scientific institutes.
Donau Soja Academy serves as a focal point for the revival of protein crop cultivation in Europe. Through its collaborative efforts, it aims to reconnect the farming community with the valuable role of protein crops, addressing knowledge gaps and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.
Collaborative efforts: Donau Soja collaborates with partners, both public and private, to support its initiatives. This collaborative approach allows for a more comprehensive and effective promotion of protein crops.
Geographically tailored activities: Recognising diversity in regions and topics, Donau Soja organises various activities and events. These include field trials and field days, online meetings, seminars, and other events tailored to the specific needs and challenges of different regions.
New practical insights
Our annual Donau Soja Field Days are widely appreciated events within the agricultural community. We work with scientists and industry representatives to address day-to-day farming issues, such as variety choice and inoculation, as well as progressive and sustainable farming methods through field trials and product demonstrations.
Webinars and trainings
Whether in the field or in front of the screen: The Donau Soja Academy provides a platform to discuss specific farming topics in-depth and combine perspectives from local and international experts and practitioners. Examples: Donau Soja Discussion Club or tailor-made training for producers.
Publications and guidance documents
Together with universities and other recognised knowledge institutions in our regions we conduct applied research and share our findings in local educational programmes or disseminate them for example on the Legume Hub.
Executive Director, Regional Director Eastern Europe