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12th European IFSA Symposium

Workshops

1.10 Practical experiences and methodological concepts from the first years of EIP-Agri implementation

Abstract

The ‘European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ (EIP-Agri) is a policy concept implemented since 2012. Various EIP measures aim to close the innovation gap between research and farming/forestry practice. What are the main issues emerging from the realisation of this innovation concept? The workshop aims to discuss practical and theoretical experiences from the first years of EIP-Agri implementation.

Description

The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ was highlighted as “being indispensable to preparing European agriculture for the future” (EC Brussels, 29.2.2012 COM (2012) 79 final). EIP-Agri aims to enhance the implementation of technical, organisational and social innovations faster and more efficiently than in the past. This is important because the agricultural/food and forestry industries and their rural areas often face significant economic, environmental and social challenges.

EIP-Agri is a complex policy concept that aims to connect local, regional and European innovation activities (vertical interconnections) and to bridge the innovation divide between sciences and practice (e.g. multi-actor involvement in research, EIP-focus groups). Horizontal integration is supposed to connect relevant actors, especially research institutes, farmers and regionally based organizations by forming the so called Operational Groups on a sub-national level. The implementation of the EIP-Agri concept will be jointly funded from European and national sources.

The workshop will call for papers presenting theoretical and practical approaches which have been developed and applied since the start of EIP-Agri in 2012/2013. Authors will be invited to highlight lessons learned so far in respect to the following issues:

  • Implementation of EIP-Agri through the programming processes of national and regional policy and administration for e.g. Rural Development Programmes or national agricultural/forestry and rural development schemes e.g. new funding formats enhancing innovation-driven research or more efficient methods for innovation
  • Role of specific policy/legal requirements in respect to bridging the gap between research and practice and to fostering innovation processes
  • Improvement of overall sustainability and innovative capacity of the livestock sector, arable crops and other agricultural systems.
  • Collecting of innovative knowledge on specific themes effectively and efficiently
  • Practical approaches for the deployment of the vast reservoir of existing scientific and practical knowledge
  • Improvement of the flow of information and knowledge between academia and practitioners in particular on agricultural and forestry practices and innovations
  • Increasing the exchanges between European regions on innovative matters
  • Implementation of more efficient methods for innovation by e.g. private/public farm advice services, information technology, print or audio-visual media.
  • Improved accessibility and long-term availability of end-user material

Furthermore, we want to learn more about approaches aiming to evaluate EIP-Agri. Hence, we aim to enhance the discussion between experts addressing these topics:

  • Identification of appropriate indicators and assessment concepts for innovation processes
  • Impact evaluation of projects enhancing the profitability and sustainability of animal agriculture, plant production, fisheries/aquaculture and forestry
  • Assessment of risk management practices and/or farmers’ flexibility to adjust under changing framework conditions (resilience)

Workshop Processes

The aim is to combine paper presentations (15 min) and poster presentations (5 min) in the same session. This gives more authors the opportunity to discuss approaches of projects or studies that are still in an early stage. When all papers and posters will be presented and briefly discussed individually, the last session will close with a general discussion (30 min). This discussion will be facilitated by the convenors focussing on the key issues identified earlier from the papers submitted. The convenors will prepare minutes of the outcome of this plenary discussion which will be circulated between participants aiming to enhance the exchange of ideas and experiences with EIP-Agri from the scientific perspective.

Papers

1.10 Administrative intimidation and payment reduction frustrate innovative farmers under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

1.10 Methodology, a useful tool to foster multi-actor innovation networks performance.

1.10 How to design and develop inclusive knowledge and innovation agricultural networks: Lessons from the case of the Portuguese Cluster of small fruits

1.10 First Experiences in Implementation and Evaluation of the EIP Approach in two Federal States of Germany

1.10 Methodologies for evaluation of sustainable agricultural public policies within the European context. A review.

Lead Workshop covenor

Susanne von Münchhausen
Susanne.vonmuenchhausen@hnee.de
www.hnee.de/svmuenchhausen

Other Covenors

Anna Maria Häring
anna.Haering@hnee.de
www.hnee.de/ahaering

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