The general objective of the PLAID project (Peer-to-peer Learning: Accessing Innovation through Demonstration) is to map and analyse on-farm demonstrations to increase the innovativeness and sustainability of European agriculture by enabling a wider range of farmers and farm employees to access high quality peer-to peer learning opportunities on commercial farms.
It has long been established that farmers enthusiastically engage with knowledge transfer through demonstration activities, and that innovation and up-take of new farming technologies or practices result from interactive engagement with likeminded individuals or groups. Demonstration activities may also contribute to network building in agriculture communities, leading to longer term sustainability and economic development in rural areas. However little has been documented on agriculture demonstration activities in European countries and the lack of an inventory or on-line resources have been identified.
PLAID collaborates with its sister project AgriDemoF2F, to create on-line resources including an inventory of demonstration activities in the EU 28, Switzerland, Serbia and Norway. The inventory will be stored in the “FarmDemo-hub”, which will be linked to a georeferenced searchable map. PLAID will also identify and promote the best practices and innovative approaches in use on commercial demonstration farms. Additionally PLAID will develop ‘virtual’ (on-line) demonstration approaches with commercial farmers. These will highlight best practices that ensure the inclusion of a wide range of farm types, farmers and farm employees, ages and genders.
Netherlands is leader of work package 5, where 24 cases are conducted in 12 countries. These cases will be carried out in 2018 on the basis of a methodology that we have written and tested in practice together with the Spanish partner. We have also methodically described and tested the focus group method for collecting data.
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