WP4 will analyse the governance of farm advisory systems at national and European level in order to understand better what national models of governance exist and how these impact upon the effectiveness of advisory systems. One specific task in WP4 will be an assessment of the EU-FAS regulation.
WP4 work aims to understand the reality of advisory systems effects on supporting farmers’ access to information and services, and enhancing linkages between advisory organisations and other AKIS actors. WP4 provides an institutional and comparative analysis, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches.
A specific task is to assess how European instruments, and more specifically the EU regulation on Farm Advisory System (EU¬FAS), affect the governance of farm advisory systems. The specific objectives of WP4 are:
- To comparatively assess the implementation of the EU-FAS policy in 13 EU countries, with a focus on the question of the consequences of EU-FAS on farmers’ access to advisory services;
- To undertake in-depth analysis of governance models of farm advice systems in seven countries, with a focus on the effects of the level of decentralisation on the coordination of advisory back-office activities;
- To draw lessons for enhancing the effectiveness of multi-level governance of farm advisory systems in the EU.
In WP4 we will base our approach on a review of existing material (academic papers, policy reports, databases) on the assessment of farm advisory systems in Europe (including monitoring of the implementation of the EU¬FAS regulation), on inputs from WP2 about Regional Farm Advisory Systems (R-FAS) and farmers’ access to services. We will do also an institutional comparative analysis of the governance models of selected European countries. The institutional analysis will be implemented through interviews with policy makers, industry representatives, knowledge providers, service organisations, NGOs, farmers’ organisation, etc. The analysis will be structured around a set of specific issues, including the EU-FAS regulation, back-office activities, level of coordination, commitment of various stakeholders, positive and adverse effects of the innovations, specific devices to store and make knowledge accessible, and training of advisors.
The national-level advisory systems which will be analysed are representative of the diversity of European agriculture and AKIS, i.e. Czech Republic, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and UK. WP4 will identify actions and mechanisms to improve the effectiveness of back-office activities of advisory services (including networking, training schemes for advisors, knowledge platforms, Living Labs) and EU and national government contributions to these activities.
The assessment will address the effects of various models of governance (monocentric vs. polycentric) on the coordination of farm advisory systems in various European contexts, with the aim to capture the diversity of patterns of institutional arrangements between research and advice. The analysis will be based on interviews with AKIS actors and policy makers in selected Innovation Areas, using a semi-structured questionnaire.
Alberto Lafarga (INTIA)