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