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Accelerating Innovative practices for Spraying Equipment, Training and Advising in European agriculture through the mobilization of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INNOSETA (Accelerating Innovative practices for Spraying Equipment, Training and Advising in European agriculture through the mobilization of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems)

Okres sprawozdawczy: 2018-05-01 do 2019-10-31

Plant Protection Products (PPP) represent an important tool for pest/disease control in agriculture. However, their use always represents a high risk in terms of environmental, bystander, and operator contamination and problems related with residues on food and products. In recent years, a complete and important improvement of EU legislation concerning the use-phase of PPP has been implemented, including measures to reduce drift, increase the education of users, and update and promote the use of the technologies available (mandatory inspection of sprayers in use, new rules for new sprayers before their introduction into the market, etc.). Additionally, important work and insights have been applied from the research, academic, industrial, and policy sectors in order to develop new materials and solutions to improve the whole process of PPP use.

However, even considering the large list of available tools (new technical solutions, training materials, extensive online resources to improve knowledge) there is still a big gap between research, academia, and developing sectors on the one hand, and the majority of daily practices on the other. There is important room for improvement in the dissemination and communication of the large and important list of materials that are already available.

The main goal of the INNOSETA project was to develop a universal, easy-to-use, and free accessible platform where users could find and take advantage of all these new developments, training materials, ongoing projects, and industrial solutions that are ready to be used and directly implemented in their daily work, in their own language, and at their educational level. It has been found that, in most cases, these materials are not very well known and do not reach their final target. By using the developed platform, the users, whatever their language, educational level, or needs, will be able to find a large and precise body of information regarding the use of PPP.

INNOSETA aims to have a clear social impact, by describing the efforts aimed at updating and improving the primary sector. This will also generate a potential benefit among the younger generation, making the agricultural sector more attractive and giving them good reasons to continue with this important activity.
Objectives achieved:

• Identification of the main problems affecting users related to crop protection activities and their level of adoption of new technologies.
• Identification of the main reasons for not adopting the latest technologies and developments that are already available.
• Search and classification of a large list of already available SETAs (Spray Equipment, Training and Advising material).
• Development of the INNOSETA platform, which has already been implemented with an important database of materials.

Main achievements:

• Practical data obtained after a wide survey to identify the main concerns, problems, and needs of users in the different countries.
• Intense collection, evaluation, and classification of already available SETAs. More than 1200 SETAs were identified, evaluated, and classified.
• Design, development, and implementation of the INNOSETA platform where all the classified and selected SETAs have been properly uploaded.
• Design and organisation of different regional workshops where representatives of stakeholders from different sectors have the opportunity to experience the platform, giving intense and important feedback about its utility, possible improvements, gaps, and other useful information.
• Important development of international networking. During the first part of the project a large networking activity has already been developed. INNOSETA has been in contact with a large list of other similar and/or collateral projects, including those for the EU, with a national or local scope. Collaborations have been already established with other EU projects.

The INNOSETA project developed its own website where detailed information about the project is available in eight different languages. This website hosts the INNOSETA platform.

During the first part of the INNOSETA project, more than 100,000 stakeholders were informed about it. Three newsletters, more than 20 technical articles and several TV and radio interviews have been arranged, including an online stream of one R W.
The INNOSETA project has an important impact on society in general. In most cases, there is a lack of knowledge about the use of PPP in agriculture. The development of INNOSETA enables the communication to society of the importance of the already available efforts, developments, and new technologies that aim to accomplish the general objective of a safer and more sustainable food production. These tools also demonstrated the need for a rational use of PPP to guarantee enough food production to feed the global population. The use and implementation of all the tools already collected, classified, and uploaded onto the INNOSETA platform will allow for the fulfilment of an accurate, safe, and environmentally accurate process.

The INNOSETA platform has been built based on a previous intensive research study with the aim to identify needs, gaps, and major concerns of professionals. These specific needs have been identified in all the EU zones where the project has been carried out. From this important initial activity, a large list of problems, major concerns, and potential solutions have already been identified, classified and managed. After that, a deep search of SETAs was carried out, mainly focused on four different types of materials (industrial developments, projects, articles, and training material) that were to be placed onto the platform. This large database will be useful for all users, whatever their educational level, language, or type of activity.

INNOSETA will generate an improvement of the use-phase of pesticides. In most cases, the SETAs presented during dissemination activities (regional workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.) have been very well received by the stakeholders. Furthermore, in most cases, it showed them new tools which allowed them to improve specific aspects. Therefore, their practical implementation will lead to a safer and more reasonable use of PPP.

Expected achievements for the second half:

• Improvement of the INNOSETA platform: based on the interesting feedback continuously collected from different sources (regional workshops, dissemination activities, training and educational actions, etc.) the platform will be improved and fine-tuned. At the same time, the collection of SETAs will continue and responsible partners will proceed to a proper uploading of the new material.
• The INNOSETA platform will be finally arranged to allow a large and sustainable feeding system.
• Organisation of regional and transnational workshops. These activities will focus their objectives on an intense, cross-border collaboration between EU members, allowing stakeholders from several EU zones to share problems, solutions, and new ideas.
• Generating new policy requirements from the users’ suggestions. Additionally, research requirements will be detected during the dissemination process.
• Efforts will be applied in the establishment of intense relationships with EIP-AGRI and representative Thematic Network EU projects.
• The INNOSETA consortium will propose a sustainable and realistic procedure for guarantee the functioning of the platform beyond the end of the project.
INNOSETA platform
INNOSETA networking
INNOSETA filling the gap