AgriDemo-F2F is a Horizon 2020 project that was selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 Rural Renaissance call. It began in January 2017 and will come to an end in June 2019. Fourteen partners from twelve countries are involved in carrying out the project. The aim of the project is to improve peer-to-peer learning in the commercial farming community. A core part of the project is to make a geo-referenced inventory of demonstration farms across Europe that details their activities. The inventory will be accessed through the AgriDemo-Hub, a multilingual, interactive and user-orientated online platform that will allow users to learn about best practice approaches to farm demonstrations and their associated learning outcomes.
Having designed the inventory, different on-farm demonstration activities will be put together in thematic groups that are based on their structural and functional characteristics. They will also be analysed based on their learning approaches. Case studies will then be selected from these and will inform discussions on the best approaches to farmer-to-farmer learning and possible recommendations for policy makers at national and supranational level. Evidence and tools for organizing effective farmer-to -farmer learning on demonstration farms will be synthesized and made available to farmers and the broader AKIS (Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems) community.
The project consortia will ensure that the demonstration farms that are analysed are geographically representative and that they depict a range of agricultural sectors and farming systems. These demonstration farms will also incorporate a range of cross-sectoral topics, different technological approaches levels, and tools for recruiting and training farmers.
For maximum impact, the AgriDemo-F2F consortia will collaborate with the consortia from the PLAID project (Peer-to-peer Learning: Accessing Innovation through Demonstration). The two projects run parallel to each other and complement each other to a great extent. Together, both projects hope to accelerate the uptake of best practices in farmer learning through demonstration farms.
Visit the Agridemo-F2F website to find out more.