Circular Farming Platform Wageningen


To support the current paradigmshift in agricultural sciences from improvement of productivity towards improvement of circularity.


The platform is a joint initiative of:

ACTIVITIES 2019 see Upcoming Events
  • Monthly meetings in Impulse to confront theory with practice, see: Upcoming Events
  • Installation of a working party on curriculum development circular farming
  • Evening meetings to discuss ideas on curriculum development
  • Sustainability Day, October 10th 2019:
    "On the road to circular farming in the Netherlands: best agricultural practices proposed and discussed"
  • Presentation of our proposals for “A curriculum for agricultural scientist and practioneers of the 21st century“


Click here for all documents, including PPT's of the presentations.


Green Office
Wageningen University and Research is one of the best agricultural Universities of the world, and thereby has a large impact on the development of farming practices worldwide. In the past, the focus has been a lot in creating higher yields by increasing productivity, but times are changing and sustainability is becoming more and more important. The Circularity Platform Wageningen therefore believes that it is time to shift our focus from productivity to circularity in order to safeguard the health and sustainability of our farming systems. Green Office Wageningen argues that WUR should be a frontrunner in this transition towards circularity, by combining the expertise of our University on agriculture and sustainability and thereby playing an important role in making farming systems all over the world more sustainable.

Wageningen Environmental Platform (WEP) is a platform for students with a pro-active stance on sustainability. WEP aims to motivate and inspire students to ‘green’ their behavior and lifestyle and does so by organizing events like excursions and lectures and by promoting local initiatives. We see the urgent need for change within our education and the practice on circular systems especially within the sector of agriculture. We see this collaboration as a great change to stimulate this shift and we are very excited to be a part of CFPW. WEPtalks as a subdivision of WEP that mainly focuses on (interactive) lectures.

Stichting Boerengroep explores and promotes other ways of farming and of organizing agri-food systems, by critically reflecting on agricultural developments. We bring students to the field and farmers to the university. We believe that a shift towards healthy and more inclusive agricultural systems is needed. Through this platform, we facilitate space for dialogue on circular farming, between science and practice.

Network Smart Fertilization holds the view, that there is an urgent need for practical advise on circular farming and consequently a need for professional advisors and research workers on the subject. The platform will set into motion effectively the required curriculum reform of WU.


CFPW was founded on October 1, 2018 in response to the call for action made by

  1. the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Safety, Carola Schouten, in the vision document "The Netherlands frontrunner in Circular Agriculture" presented on september 8, 2018.
  2. the chairman of Wageningen University & Research, Louise Fresco, in the Mansholtlecture held in Brussels on september 19, 2018, summarised as follows:

It is about 60 years ago that Sicco Leendert Mansholt and his colleagues in Europe initiated the modernization of European agriculture with an emphasis on increasing productivity, farmers’ incomes, and food supply, with stable and affordable prices for producers and consumers. With the increasing production, land and resources become limiting; residuals of crop and livestock production become problematic waste; emissions related to production become a burden for the quality of soil, water and air;health issues related to production intensification become a major concern.

Towards circularity in agricultural production

The key challenge is to secure a sustainable and healthy nutrition security within the capacity of planet earth and human society. A paradigm shift from optimization in production towards optimization in resource use. Europe’s future lies not in a linear but in a circular food system with an integrated use of regenerative natural resources and associated agro-biomass.