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Target groups

  • Farmers involved in the farmer innovation groups: 
    will contribute to the selection of advisory tools and subsequently test them. Testing the tools in a practical context will provide insight in their usefulness, potential and limits. Farmers will also be encouraged to share their experiences with the tools in the online knowledge platform.

  • Other (organic) farmers: 
    are invited to participate in the discussions on the online knowledge platform and are encouraged to use and test the advisory materials selected by the project.

  • Farm advisors, innovation brokers, agricultural school teachers: 
    the project will demonstrate the relevance of the selected advisory materials for use in advisory services and teaching, in particular through self-learning on-line courses.

  • Scientists:  
    will be informed about the outcomes of the project as well as experiences gained with multi-actor learning. Synthesis reports on state-of-the art scientific knowledge and best practices will be disseminated to the scientific world.

  • Decision makers:  
    will be informed abuot the project activities and outcomes. Experiences gained with knowledge exchange and multi-actor learning in OK-Net Arable will help decision makers design future steps in the implementation of EIP-AGRI.

  • General public:  
    the project aims to show to the general public that the organic sector is innovative and continuously seeking to improve production and sustainability performance.

Online Knowledge Platform

Lead partners: ICROFS and IFOAM EU

OK-Net Arable will build a knowledge platform to make the selected advisory materials available online. The knowledge platform will integrate social media tools to facilitate discussion and learning among farmers, farm advisers and researchers all over Europe. The platform will also integrate information from other relevant sources, such as the online archive for organic farming research Organic Eprints and the EIP-AGRI website. Finally, the knowledge platform will contain online training courses for farm advisers developed by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB). The aim of the courses will be to make farm advisers familiar with the selected tools and materials and so promote their use by advisory services.

Deliverables

The knowledge platform was launched the 3rd of October 2016. Visit the platform

 

 

Knowledge synthesis 

Lead partners: FiBL and AIAB

The project will synthesise the existing knowledge on organic arable cropping. Different sources will be consulted: scientific papers, grey literature, farmer groups and advisory services. Secondly, the best methods for exchanging this knowledge will be identified based on a survey with farmer groups. These two exercises will serve to select the best already existing advisory tools as well as to develop new ones where needed. Examples of tools include leaflets, information sheets, handbooks, video clips, social media, calculation models and decision trees. These tools could cover many areas, for example: new crop rotations, variety choice, new organic fertilizers, innovative weed control techniques and new techniques for disease and pest control.

Deliverables

 

Network farmer innovation groups

Lead partners: Organic Research Centre and Bioland Beratung

The consortium of OK-Net Arable involves 9 partners that work directly with farmers or farmer groups engaged in research and innovation. A special work package has been set up to link these farmer innovation groups with the other activities of the project. The work package will start with identifying the existing knowledge in these groups as well as their challenges and preferred approaches to overcome these challenges. The main task of the work package is however the testing of the advisory materials selected and developed by the project. The aim of this is to better understand the success factors that make advisory materials effective and useful in a practical context.

Deliverables

Read about the farmer innovation groups

objectives

OK-Net Arable has three objectives:

  1. The project will synthesize the scientific and practical knowledge available about organic arable farming and identify the best methodologies for exchanging this knowledge. Based on this easily understandable advisory material will be selected.
  2. It will create a European network of farmers to exchange experiences and discuss the advisory material selected by the project.
  3. Finally, the project will create an online platform offering evidence-based advisory material as well as facilitating farmer-to-farmer learning. This platform will be a virtual meeting place for farmers, advisers and researchers that would otherwise not be able to meet.

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