All across Europe agriculture, forestry and associated sectors are facing major social, economic and environmental concerns and challenges….as well as many exciting opportunities.
Practical and effective new ideas are needed to help farmers and foresters continue meeting the expectations of wider society, whilst at the same time running their own successful businesses and working in harmony with the essential natural resources on which we all depend. Innovation is therefore currently one of the hottest topics of discussion from farmhouse kitchen tables to meeting rooms in Brussels.
There are many different types of innovation relevant to agriculture and forestry. Some innovation such as digitalisation is very technical, but innovation is not just about ‘technology transfer’. Innovation has many dimensions and faces and encompasses many processes. It is also about networking, information exchange, collective intelligence and the co‐creation of new knowledge and ideas. Innovation is very much about farmers/foresters, advisors, researchers and others working together in partnership to find solutions to day-to-day needs, challenges and opportunities.