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IDARI
Integrated development of agricultural and rural institutions

European Union enlargement intensifies the debate over the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and sustainable rural development. It also demands maximising the potential of jobs and value in rural areas. Rural innovations matching this political agenda will rely heavily on institutional change. The Integrated Development of Agricultural and Rural Institutions (IDARI) project intends to analyse the impact of innovation and institutional change within a rural development context. This will encompass concepts of 'learning' innovations; 'adopting' innovations - through increasing knowledge and information; and 'trajectories' of innovation - looking at macro effects of entrepreneurship and innovative activity. The project will also complement current concepts within institutional analysis and further develop the understanding of innovation within the economic literature. In turn, this will result in decision-making tools benefiting a wide range of audiences, from rural innovators themselves to policy-makers adopting sustainable rural development principles.

Objectives
The objectives of the project are:
1) to support policy-making for sustainable rural development in Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) through the development of alternative frameworks of analysis appropriate to the transitional context, embracing institutional change and learning, innovation and competitiveness
2) to strengthen the research capacity among CEEC personnel in the investigation of rural development
3) to build a collaborative research capacity between EU partners in the investigation of sustainable rural development and institutional change.

Progress to Date
Establishment of Steering Committee, the Management Committee and the Scientific group. A communications system was established between NUIG, Leeds, Montpellier, Humboldt and 11 subcontracting institutions.
IDARI PhD fellowships have been advertised, with successful attraction of PhD applicants. Formulation of curriculum and arrangement of teaching for PhD students.
User-friendly version of the technical annex to the contract has been finalised.
Additional departments and individuals within each of the respective partner institutions have become involved, in order to enhance PhD supervision and enrich research output.
Reports from IDARI postgraduate students on design and implementation status of research strategies. Reports on operational concepts for surveys made. Descriptions of CEE surveys and case study designs made. Politing and refinement of instruments.

Results

Classified in CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Scientist responsible for the project

Prof MICHAEL CUDDY
Dept of Economics
Galway
Ireland - IE

Phone: +353 91 750324
Fax: +353 91 524130
E-mail: michael.cuddy@nuigalway.ie

References

Project ID QLRT-2001-02718
Organisation NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Area 5.5
Start date 01 January 2003
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 2 053 138 €
Total EC contribution   1 999 560 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project   http://www.idari.ie

The partners

  • CIRAD, France - FR
  • Humboldt University, Chair of Resource Economics, Germany - DE
  • University of Leeds, School of the Environment, United Kingdom - UK
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