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Prospects for Farmers’ Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS

Objective

European farmers need topical knowledge, training and support to remain competitive and respond to manifold demands in a continuously evolving environment. Functioning agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS) are needed to tackle challenges like (i) giving small-scale farmers access to relevant and reliable knowledge, (ii) bridging scientific research topics and farmers’ demands and (iii) offering appropriate support for diverse rural actors that form networks around innovations in agriculture and rural areas. Advisory services are one essential means to enhance problem solving, information sharing and innovation generating processes. In a functioning AKIS these services can be provided by various actors, among them formal extension services, training and post-secondary education bodies, NGOs but also by members of administration or research institutions. PRO AKIS will thoroughly review international literature sources on AKIS and provide an inventory of the AKIS institutions and interactions in the EU-27. Furthermore, PRO AKIS will highlight the mentioned challenges through a selection of case studies that are conducted for each topic in parallel in several member states. Comparative analyses and assessments of these cases will reveal successes, strengths and weaknesses of the specific knowledge flow systems. AKIS stakeholders and policy advisors will accompany PRO AKIS, share interim findings, and participate in workshops and seminars. They will be invited to intervene repeatedly in the project’s course and to contribute through feedbacks and in assessments of results. On these bases policy recommendations for the strengthening of European agricultural innovation systems will be developed and further research needs will be designated. A range of dissemination activities will assure that findings are timely available for the interested communities and for the public at large.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 131 610
Administrative Contact
Andrea Knierim (Prof.)

Participants (8)

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 222 249
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lee-Ann Sutherland (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 252 466
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carole Gonnet (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 153 387
Address
Quinta De Prados
5000 911 Vila Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Livia Madureira (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET ROLNICZY IM. HUGONA KOLLATAJA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 149 066
Address
Al Mickiewicza 21
31 120 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jozef Kania (Prof.)
AGRAREN UNIVERSITET - PLOVDIV
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 86 078
Address
Mendeleev Street 12
4000 Plovdiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Violeta Dirimanova (Dr.)
SEGES PS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 234 632
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Peter Bay (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG (ZALF) e.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 265 530
Address
Eberswalder Str. 84
15374 Muencheberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Knierim (Dr.)
VIDENCENTRET FOR LANDBRUG

Participation ended

Denmark
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pernille Hjortkjaer (Ms.)