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
  • Summerschool 2019 on circular farming
  • Sustainability Day 2019
  • On the road to circular farming in the Netherlands: best farming practices proposed and discussed, opened by Carola Schouten
  • 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 supports the platform as an important initiative which contributes highly to the sustainability goals of WUR



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.