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The overall aim of AgriDemo-F2F is to enhance peer-to-peer learning within the commercial farming community. The project is creating a geo-referenced inventory of open commercial farms that engage in demonstration activities in Europe and case studies have been selected to perform an in-depth comparative analysis to deepen understanding of farm demonstration activities.
AgriDemo-F2F is a Horizon 2020 multi-actor project which started at the beginning of 2017 and will run until mid-2019. The project will utilise the experience of different types of actors and involve farmers and foresters throughout.
“Although learning from other farmers during demonstrations is quite common for farmers to learn, very little is known about the ‘best’ way to organise these events. We aim to assess demonstrations from when they are first commissioned through to evaluating outcomes, identifying good practice and options for increasing impact” said Fleur Marchand project coordinator (ILVO, Belgium). Branko Sikoparija from BioSense Institute (Serbia) goes on to explain “As a research institute, we believe it is valuable to understand the most effective means of knowledge/innovation transfer towards end users.”
The first step is to take a look at the different types of demonstration activities which exist in Europe in the agricultural sector. “There are many different styles of open farms and approaches to demonstration activities, but information on them is rarely disseminated beyond the usual network of the individual farms.” Says Miguel Cordero from USC (Spain). ”So AgriDemo-F2F intends to identify and share this information, detailing the sectors, themes and topics on which they provide expertise, and describe the mediation techniques they apply.”
A number of case studies have already been selected to perform an in-depth comparative analysis of different approaches used by demonstration farms. The case studies cover a wide geographical spread, the different EU-agricultural sectors, systems and territories and also cover low tech and high tech in terms of mediation techniques.
As a result of the case study analysis, the project will identify a set of best practices for on-farm demonstration activities. “The best practices will be for both the demonstration of research results and also the spreading of best farming practices among practitioners” Lies Debruyne from ILVO. AgriDemo-F2F will also produce recommendations for AKIS governance and policies on how to support effective on farm demonstration activities.
These best practices will be made available to everyone on the FarmDemoHub, an interactive, user oriented, web-map application (see below).
AgriDemo-F2F has a close working cooperation with PLAID (H2020). Partners from both projects have collaborated to develop a European-wide, a geo-referenced inventory, to provide an overall view of on-farm demonstration activities and knowledge exchange modalities between farmers. Currently, the database compiles data from almost 400 organisations representing farms active in demonstrations programmes and networks and more than 700 individual farms involved in on-farm demonstration activities.
“Through the AgriDemo-F2F project, farmers involved in demonstration initiatives get more recognition. In the inventory, farmers will also find tools and networks that help them to deliver what industry, policy, research and – most of all – colleagues need, they can contact colleagues who also do demonstrations.” Peter Paree, ZLTO (Netherlands).
The inventory will continue to grow with the support of the H2020 Nefertiti project . All three projects have joined forces under ‘FarmDemo’.
The FarmDemo Hub, to be launched in 2018, aims at connecting actors engaging in demonstrations, providing them with resources, tools and a meeting space to enhance peer to peer learning. Hence, once the FarmDemo Hub is fully operative, any farmer carrying out demo activities, or those interested on attending, will be able to become members of the FarmDemo virtual community and take full advantage of the platform.
Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO) - BE
AC3A - FR
Countryside and Community Research Institute – UK
Agricultural University of Athens – EL
University of Santiago de Compostela – ES
Agriculture and Food Development Authority – IE
Southern Agriculture and Horticulture Organization (ZLTO) – NL
BioSense Institute - Serbia
SEGES – DK
AGES – AT
European Landowners Organization – EU
EFA Galicia – ES
Odling I Balans (OiB) - Sweden
Centre for Agricultural Advisory Services (CAAS) – PL