The EIP-AGRI Workshop: "Small is smart" - Innovative solutions for small agricultural and forestry holdings, took place in Bucharest, Romania on 29-30 October 2019.
This event was by invitation only (following an open call in June 2019).
Participants included farmers and farmers' organisations, foresters, EIP-AGRI Operational Groups, SMEs, start-ups, advisers, universities, research and technology organisations, rural networks, and anyone who may be involved in relevant projects or has experience with engaging in, designing and/or implementing innovative solutions and adoption of new practices and technologies in small agricultural and forestry holdings across Europe.
Scope and objectives
Small agricultural and forestry holdings form an integral part of Europe’s countryside, helping to preserve the diversity of the landscape, providing a livelihood for millions of people and nurturing various centuries-old traditions and customs in the countryside.
Small holdings exist throughout the EU. Often such small farms and forestry holdings are run at family level over many generations. They may generally be characterised by lower efficiency and diversity of production. Owners are often of older generations, or may not have had the opportunity to attend higher education, so implementing innovations or new technologies can sometimes be difficult. Part-time farmers may face similar challenges and are also limited in agricultural surface.
The overall aim of the workshop was to promote networking among people and projects dealing with innovation and adoption of new technologies in small farm and forestry holdings. This means to learn more about each other, find common issues, explore possibilities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
Identifying common challenges and explore potential solutions
Exchanging good practices
Connecting participating projects to promote further co-operation
Understanding the elements required to improve the innovation support environment