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.


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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.



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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.