Policy recommendations for strengthening European agricultural innovation systems
European research and action project PRO AKIS investigated agricultural advisory services within the context of Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS) and developed policy recommendations for strengthening European agricultural innovation systems.
New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched
On the 3rd of October, 2016 a new platform – OK-Net Arable – aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe was launched. The complexity of organic farming requires farmers to have a very high level of knowledge and skills. But exchange on organic farming techniques remains limited.
EUFRAS started first CECRA Train-the-Trainer Program
From 16 to 20 January 2017, 13 participants from Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain met in Baden-Württemberg to train CECRA-Trainer skills in an actively lived European cooperation. A waiting list for a potential follow up TTT starting in 2018 has been opened.
EUFRAS is taking a coordinating role in rural advisor qualification and certification in Europe by joining the IALB competence development standard CECRA (Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas). On the 15th of June within the 54th IALB Conference and 3rd EUFRAS Meeting in Solothurn, Switzerland EUFRAS Chairman of the Board Tom Kelly and IALB President Edda Albers signed the Cooperation and Usage Agreement on CECRA between IALB and EUFRAS, that constitutes the basis of the involvement of EUFRAS in CECRA.