Project Title

RISOBIOSYSTEMS - Development and extension in support of the organic rice sector



Scientific leader

Elena Pagliarino

Lead partner of the project

CREA Council for Agricultural Research and Economics

Funding organization

MIPAAF Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies


The Risobiosystems project studies the organic rice system at 360 °, in its agronomic and varietal, environmental, socio-economic and regulatory components, with the collaboration of farms and in a process of dialogue with all those interested in organic rice.

Risobiosystems uses a participatory approach and favors the integration between scientific knowledge and knowledge of farmers and all the other players in the supply chain.

Kick off




Project link


Research Lines


Regional Sustainable Growth

Project products

Pagliarino E., Orlando F., Vaglia V., Rolfo S. and Bocchi S., (2020), “Participatory research for sustainable agriculture: the case of the Italian agroecological rice network”, in: European Journal of Futures Research, 8(7).

Orlando F., Bacenetti J., Bocchi S., Vaglia V., Pagliarino E., Alali S., Organic Rice Network, (2020), “Organic rice farming in North Italy: innovative practices to contain weeds and related yields from participatory research”, in: Agricultural systems.

Pagliarino E. and Rolfo S., (2020), “Understanding attitudes, values, opportunities and barriers in participatory research: the case of the Riso-Biosystems project on organic rice”, in: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (in publishing).

Organization of national conferences and seminars, participation in national and international conferences for the dissemination of results.

Creation of a stable network of participatory research among scientists, farmers, public officials, companies.

Realization of a documentary video (“Riso-Biosystems. Stories of bio”) and technical videos.

Public engagement initiatives aimed at citizens (Eco & eco tour) and high schools.














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