News: AgriLink research: Extensive fieldwork is coming to a conclusion
After a period of extensive fieldwork and analysis the results of over 30 ‘innovation case studies’ will soon be available on the AgriLink website. The case studies were conducted in 13 European countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Each AgriLink partner undertook at least two case studies each.
The aim of the case studies was to understand why, how and from whom European farmers and farm managers gather and exchange information to underpin their decision-making regarding the adoption (or not) of different types of innovation. This includes both qualitative and quantitative insights into the so-called “micro-AKIS” of farmers, with a particular focus on the role played by advisors.
Each case study that has been undertaken addresses one of nine specific ‘innovation areas’: Technological innovations (with particular emphasis upon digital technologies); Biological pest control; Soil improving cropping systems; Retro-innovation (recreation, reinvention or reintroduction of traditional products / crops / processes); Introduction of new crops; Development of new on-farm activities; Direct marketing and local markets; Common management of natural resources, and; Innovative labour arrangements.
The case studies will be available both as synthesised country reports and individual documents, as part of Work Package 2 results dissemination.