News: Video presentation of the Spanish Living Lab
The advisory service of INTIA has been operating for more than 30 years. 60 to 70% of the queries of the farmers are related to crop protection and, although nowadays it is mainly based on the use of pesticides, there is a clear evolution towards a more sustainable crop protection model. This evolution is an unstoppable innovative process that needs the support of all involved stakeholders.
In the framework of a recent European project (LIFE AGROintegra) several activities have been developed to bring alternative techniques closer to the sector. In one of these activities the Pest Monitoring and Warning System of INTIA has been improved: it is a GIS online platform that helps in the decision-making process of farmers and technicians in the integrated management of crops.
The aim of the living lab is to improve the advisory service in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), making a collaborative use this Pest Monitoring and Warning System and introducing other communication technologies and group advisory tools to improve learning on IPM and the transference of knowledge among different stakehoders.
The purpose or central question of the Lab: To involve different stakeholders (farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, agro food industry, technology providers and policy maker) to improve the current advisory service, solving farmers’ real needs and achieving a more sustainable use of pesticides. The Practice Abstract about this Living Lab can be consulted here.