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Facilitating Alternative Agro-Food Networks (AAFNs): Stakeholder Perspectives on Research Needs

Objective

The FAANs project is designed to engage civil society organisations (CSOs) in a “co-operative research” (CR) activity and in future research agenda-setting on “Alternative Agro-Food Networks” (AAFNs). Five academic institutions and five CSO partners dealing with alternative agriculture and rural development from five EU member states will co-operatively carry out literature review, design and conduct participatory action research including stakeholders (focus group discussions, scenario analysis workshops) on the following issues: a) how AAFNs are defined by social, political, commercial and cultural frameworks involving motives beyond direct material interests in practice, b) how current policies facilitate or impede the development of AAFNs, c) how alternatives may be complementary or oppositional to conventional agro-food networks, d) how AAFNs contribute to regional development, and e) how AAFNs link different types of innovation as a basis to broaden EU research policies on the “knowledge-based bio-economy”. FAAN is a social experiment in science governance through trans-disciplinary engagement of civil society people in research at the earliest stage in the process. This upstream approach will identify further research relevant to AAFNs, in order to inform future research agendas. The project will contribute substantially to the evidence base and the understanding necessary to foster more desirable types of agricultural innovation within the European Community, and we will point out how policy frameworks could better facilitate such improvements. Finally we will evaluate the co-operative research process of FAAN in order to identify the strengths and weakness of CR related to AAFNs. We will compare the applied qualitative research methods to see how valid and reliable they are in this context. A comparative approach of national experiences will help to identify best practises in research methods as well as AAFNs management and policies.

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2007-1
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Coordinator

INTERDISZIPLINARES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR TECHNIK, ARBEIT UND KULTUR
Address
Schloegelgasse 2
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 226 183
Administrative Contact
Sandra Karner (Ms.)

Participants (9)

OBV-VIA CAMPESINA AUSTRIA-OSTERREICHISCHE BERGBAUERN UND BERGBAUERINNENVEREINIGUNG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 53 878
Address
Schwarzspanierstrasse 15 / 3-1
1090 Wien
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Irmtraud Salzer (Ms.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 110 715
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gavin Hamilton (Mr.)
GENEWATCH UK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 957
Address
Lightwood Road 60
SK17 7BB Buxton-derbyshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Becky Price (Ms.)
SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 52 861
Address
Pater Karoly Utca 1
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Barbara Bodorkós (Ms.)
VEDEGYLET EGYESULET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 51 435
Address
Pozsonyi Út 14. 2/9.
1137 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zsuzsanna Keszthelyi (Ms.)
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES, AGROALIMENTAIRES, HORTICOLES ET DU PAYSAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 82 553
Address
Rue De Saint Brieuc 65
35042 Rennes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Fourrier (Mr.)
FEDERATION REGIONALE DES CENTRES D'INITIATIVES POUR VALORISER L'AGRICULTURE ET LE MILIEU RURAL DE BRETAGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 63 865
Address
Rue Du Bas Village 17 Cs 37 725
35577 Cesson Sevigne
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Pascal Aubrée (Mr.)
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 42 945
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wojciech Goszczynski (Mr.)
FORUM AKTYWIZACJI OBSZAROW WIEJSKICH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 39 023
Address
Gornoslaska 4 A
00444 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Urszula Budzich-Szukala (Ms.)