AgriLink is a multi-actor project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. The goal of AgriLink is to stimulate transitions towards more sustainable European agriculture by understanding the roles of advisory organisations in farmers decision-making.

AgrLink’s consortium (academic and practice partners)

brings together a range of multi-disciplinary perspectives to improve the understanding of the role played by different suppliers of agricultural advice, both formal and informal; to  strengthen knowledge flows; to enhance learning and boost innovation on the wide variety of farm types across Europe. 

The project began with a comprehensive conceptual framework, followed by the research work for investigating how farmers gather, exchange and use different sources of information. In parallel, six Living Labs are testing new and improved links between farmers, public and private advisors and researchers in order to co-create more effective innovation support services. 

Being a multi-actor project, AgriLink has two sets of important objectives guiding the academic and the field work, as follows: 

At academic level 

    • Develop a theoretical framework utilizing a multi-level perspective
    • Identify thoroughly the roles of the Regional FAS (R-FAS) in innovation development
    • Test how various models of governance and funding schemes support (or not) farmers’ micro-AKIS

At applied level 

  • Develop recommendations to enhance farm advisory systems from a multi-level perspective
  • Test and validate innovative advisory tools and services to better connect research and practice
  • Develop new learning and interaction methods for fruitful exchanges between farmers, researchers and advisors, with a focus on advisors’ needs for new skills and new roles

Our Role

Highclere Consulting (HCC) is responsible for coordinating the 6th work package, Communication and Dissemination, from website development to publications and dissemination and exploitation of the project results. We are also involved in collecting data for the research part and we undertook the challenge to develop and test the concept of the Living Lab in Romania.



Project duration:
June 2017 – November 2021