Save the date from October 5th to 6th 2020, the event will take place in an online format within the topic «Preparing advisers for the digital era»

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.

PRO AKIS Policy Recommendations

EU SCAR AKIS (2019), Preparing for Future AKIS in Europe

EU-Commission is looking for farmers, advisors, researchers and other experts who wish to join one of these Focus Groups to share knowledge, propose practical innovative solutions, identify opportunities and draw on experiences derived from related existing projects.

Several EUFRAS members from Ireland, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and France have been supporting EU-Commission since more than 4 years in developing European innovation partnership as 2 new main-stream policy instruments: 

  1. On the regional and national level in rural development programs to create “operational groups for innovation” and 
  2. On EU-level  in EU-research supporting policy Horizon 2020 by contributing to the SCAR-SWG-AKIS (standing committee on agriculture research, strategic working group on agriculture innovation systems development) and the  2 new applied research project types of “multi-actor- approaches and thematic networks”. 


EIP-Agri agriculture & innovation

Regional Contact Points:



A list and a short description of most of agro-food-related thematic networks in Horizon 2020. In more than 80% of all agro-food-related thematic networks you can contact EUFRAS members.


EUFRAS network is engaged in two of Horizon2020 projects - Ok-Net Arable and Fertinnowa. 

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. 

A good number of EUFRAS member organizations already pronounced interest to become CECRA partner (Regional Certification Body) and/or CECRA Module Provider, being partner in the pending Erasmus+ application “Upscaling CECRA” or having actively participated in the CECRA-Workshop in April 2015 in Landshut. It is also planned to deliver fast track training the trainer event for very experienced trainers within EUFRAS membership who are keen to start the training process.

The Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, LRATC offered to host the EUFRAS CECRA Office.

Rīgas iela 34, Ozolnieki, Ozolnieku pagasts, Ozolnieku novads, LV-3018, Latvija
Tel.: +371 63050220
Fax: +371 63022264

Details on CECRA are described at