Regional expert consultation on knowledge sharing for agricultural innovations applicable for smallholders and family farmers in Europe and Central Asia.

Concept note

Concept note

Concept note - FAO website

Background

The State of Food and Agriculture: Innovation in family farming report (FAO, 2014) highlights that family farms are part of the solution for ensuring long-term global food security, rural poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. However, they need to be supported through adequate policies, competent institutions and capacities to innovate[1] and thus, achieving those goals. Therefore, promoting innovation in family farming is becoming a priority for politicians and policy makers around the world, including nations in Europe and Central Asia. Despite this fact, still very little is being done in transforming their knowledge systems from linear and centralized models towards inclusive, decentralized and pluralistic Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS)[2] that would revolutionize the sector (FAO, 2012). This is not a simple task. Family farms across the region are extremely diverse in size, market and knowledge access and other characteristics, implying diversity in the policy options for agricultural innovation systems. On its 39th session, the European Commission of Agriculture (ECA)[3], recognized the need for FAO to assist countries in developing capacities required by AIS actors in Europe and Central Asia, and need for a forum for countries in the region provided by FAO acting as a neutral broker for knowledge sharing on transforming the AIS in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region towards more efficient, inclusive, decentralized and pluralistic systems.

Furthermore, during the 31st session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC[4]), the FAO member countries in Europe and Central Asia encouraged FAO to continue its efforts on knowledge sharing on policies and good practices, in particular with focus on smallholders and family farmers and provide a neutral regional platform on which to share knowledge and support the implementation of national e-agriculture strategies for countries in Europe and Central Asia. The expert consultation contributes to the FAO regional result 50472 on the establishment of a regional knowledge-sharing platform on innovations applicable for smallholders and family farms, and regional result 50504 enhancing capacities of regional organizations and e-agriculture networks, and supports REU Regional initiative 1: Empowering smallholders and family farms for improved rural livelihoods and poverty reduction.

Objectives

The consultation will discuss

(i) the criteria for data collection on agricultural innovations for smallholders;

(ii) the mechanisms for data collection and validation,

(iii) related existing platforms/mechanism and gaps;

(iv) interaction and collaboration with other platforms and networks to avoid duplication.

 

More specifically, the expert consultation will:

  • Elaborate and validate criteria for selection and data management of agricultural innovations, applicable for smallholders and family farms in Europe and Central Asia
  • Identify and discuss relevant knowledge sharing platforms, identify gaps, define scope, parameters, and means of collaboration with other relevant platforms and networks in view of avoiding duplication of work
  • Identify and present case studies for innovations for smallholders and family farms based on a country survey[5]
  • Strengthen the regional e-agriculture network and support the innovation platform[6]
  • Discuss the parameters of the regional observatory for e-agriculture innovations for stakeholders and family farms and e-agriculture policies
  • Validate the review of the e-agriculture strategy guide for the region.

Expected outputs:

  • Clear value proposition for a new platform
  • Criteria for selection and data management of agricultural innovations
  • Scope, parameters of the platform, and means of collaboration with other relevant platforms and networks defined
  • Initial collection of case studies and good practices (entries)
  • Regional e-agriculture network with redefined scope, mandate, mode of operation, sustainability
  • Regional observatory for e-agriculture innovations for stallholders and family farms and e- agriculture policies with redefined criteria for data collection and management
  • e-agriculture strategy guide for the region commented and revised

 

[1] Agricultural innovation is the process whereby individuals or organizations bring existing or new products, processes and forms of organization into social and economic use to increase effectiveness, competitiveness, resilience to shocks or environmental sustainability, thereby contributing to food and nutritional security, economic development and sustainable natural resource management. TAP Common Capacity development framework on AIS.

[2] The term ‘agricultural innovation system’ refers to the individuals, organizations and enterprises that bring new

products, processes and forms of organization into use to achieve food security, economic development and

sustainable natural resource management. Like any ‘system’, it encompasses the different stakeholders or actors as well as the linkages between them. It also includes the so-called ‘enabling environment’ which, as the name suggests, includes the factors making it all possible, such as political commitment and vision; policy, legal and economic frameworks; budget allocations and processes; governance and power structures; incentives and social norms (FAO, 2012).

[3]Report of the 39th session of the European Commission on Agriculture

[4] The ERC requested that FAO:

i. continue to assist countries in Europe and Central Asia in transforming their agricultural sectors and leveraging the livelihoods of farmers, both women and men, through e-agriculture and to foster its responsible use through the three Regional Initiatives;

ii. collect and analyse good practices, tools and mechanisms in e-agriculture for knowledge sharing and provide policy advice and capacity development to maximize benefits and minimize risks;

iii. develop, in collaboration with national, regional and international partners, an inclusive capacity-development framework and strategy in e-agriculture; and

iv. provide a neutral regional platform on which to share knowledge and support the implementation of national e-agriculture strategies for countries in Europe and Central Asia

[5] Invited country experts will be requested to participate in a survey prior the consultation

Programme

Event location

St. Istvan University, Museum of Agricultural Machinery, Knowledge Transfer Centre

in Hungarian: Tudástranszfer Központ

Entrance "C" 2nd Floor, Room Nr. TK 232,

Páter Károly út 1

2100 Gödöllő

Online map

https://goo.gl/maps/ugyaSkcG5J32

Language of the Workshop: English

Objectives

The consultation will discuss

  1. the criteria for data collection on agricultural innovations for smallholders;

  2. the mechanisms for data collection and validation,

  3. related existing platforms/mechanism and gaps;

  4. and the interaction and collaboration with other platforms and networks to avoid duplication.

More specifically, the expert consultation will:

  • Elaborate and validate criteria for selection and data management of agricultural innovations, applicable for smallholders and family farms in Europe and Central Asia

  • Identify and discuss relevant knowledge sharing platforms, identify gaps, define scope, parameters, and means of collaboration with other relevant platforms and networks in view of avoiding duplication of work

  • Identify and present case studies for innovations for smallholders and family farms based on a country survey1

  • Strengthen the regional e-agriculture network and support the innovation platform2

  • Discuss the parameters of the regional observatory for e-agriculture innovations for stakeholders and family farms and e-agriculture policies

  • Validate the review of the e-agriculture strategy guide for the region.

Expected outputs:

  • Clear value proposition for a new platform

  • Criteria for selection and data management of agricultural innovations

  • Scope, parameters of the platform, and means of collaboration with other relevant platforms and networks defined

  • Initial collection of case studies and good practices (entries)

  • Regional e-agriculture network with redefined scope, mandate, mode of operation, sustainability

  • Regional observatory for e-agriculture innovations for stallholders and family farms and e-agriculture policies with redefined criteria for data collection and management

  • e-agriculture strategy guide for the region commented and revised

Objectives by sessions

Session 1: Setting the scene

Setting up the scene within a broader enabling environment context:

  • Present and discuss the status of the farms in the region

  • Present and discuss the status of the AISs, including research and extension

  • Present the FAO experience capitalization approach

  • Discuss the innovation needs of the smallholders and family farmers in Europe and Central Asia

Session 2: Criteria identification

Session objectives: This session shall bring back the focus to the FAO membership request to FAO to collect and share information on innovations for smallholders and family farms, and policy/strategies. Therefore, taking into account the broader innovation needs identified in the previous session, this one will focus on defining criteria on innovations for family farms and data collection, validation and management

Session 3: Challenges of innovation for smallholders and family farms

The objective of this session is to define specific information challenges to innovation for smallholders and family farms in the region- knowledge, technological, economic and social. The session comprises of a few stimulating presentations and work group discussions.
The audience will break in 5 groups ensuring cross fertilization between different countries, regions and backgrounds

Session 4. Relevant platforms and networks (Carousel)

The session will present the platforms and identify which regional needs and information challenges those platforms/networks address and what are the information gaps still unaddressed.

Session 5. Clear value proposition for a new regional platform

The objective of the session is to discuss identified information gaps from the previous session on information and finding solutions.

Session 6: E-agriculture network and observatory

The session will aim at strengthening the regional e-agriculture network and support the innovation platform while discussing the parameters of the regional observatory for e-agriculture innovations for smallholders and family farms and e-agriculture policies. The e-agriculture experts are expected to review the e-agriculture strategy guide and propose amendments with respect to the needs in the region.

1Invited country experts will be requested to participate in a survey prior the consultation

2Refers to the ECA recommendation for a regional knowledge sharing platform for innovations, applicable for smallholders and family farms in Europe and Central Asia

Programme

Day 1 : Monday 10 September


09.00 - 09.30

Registration with coffee


09.30 - 09.40

Opening session

Istvan Szabo, St Istvan University, vice rector for international relations

Morten Hartvigsen, FAO Land Tenure Officer, RI1 manager

09.40 – 09.55

Introduction and objectives

Objectives of the presentation:


Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, FAO

Sophie Treinen, FAO

09.55 – 10.25

Presentation of participants

Sophie Treinen, FAO

10.25 – 11.40

Session 1: Setting the scene

Panel discussion

Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, FAO


Status of the family farms in the region; FAO Regional Initiative 1: regional study on family farms

Morten Hartvigsen, FAO


Regional update on the status of AKIS

Cosmin Salasan, Banat University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine


FAO regional studies on national AISs: conclusions and recommendations

Andrew Fieldsend, AKI and Jahan Kurbanova, FAO


FAO Experience capitalization approach

Sophie Treinen FAO

11.40-12.00

Coffee Break + Group picture


12.00 – 12.10

Session 2: Criteria identification

Pre-survey

12.10 – 12.20

Paper on innovation criteria for smallholders and family farms.

Andrew Fieldsend, AKI

12.20-12.30

Short summary of the pre-workshop survey

Laszlo Gabor Papocsi, GAK

12.30 – 12.40

Paper on data collection, validation and management

Laszlo Papocsi, GAK

Mihaly Csoto, NUPS

12.40-13.00

Questions and answers


13.00 – 14.00

Lunch



Day 1 : Monday 10 September


14.00-15.00

Session 3: Challenges of innovation for smallholders and family farms

Facilitator: Pal Goda, DRDC


Knowledge challenge

Bringing about innovation and change requires no longer a single source of information and technology but a collective intelligence involving collaboration between different knowledge sources. The ability to use knowledge to innovate is emerging as a new source of comparative advantage, replacing the traditional importance of natural resource endowments as a source of competitiveness.

The session will focus on the information requirements related to the knowledge sharing among the multiple actors.



Innovative learning methods and content in agricultural schools - AgriTeach 4.0 – focus on family farms.

Anita Teringer, ITStudy


Study on the global research topics in the field of family farms and smallholder agriculture.

Tomaz Bartol, University of Ljubljana


BalkanMed Innova project

Petrit Dobi, RASP


Group discussion


15.00-15.45

Technological challenge

The session will focus on the information requirements related to the technological innovations and discuss whether emerging and available technologies can add value to small and family farm holdings in Europe and Central Asia; can they can be harnessed to serve smallholders’ needs and multifunctional aspects such as sustainable food systems, climate smart agriculture, bioeconomy and Food 2030 agenda? How?



Ararat valley in grape field innovations

VahanAmirkhanyan, FAO


Hand planter

Istvan Feher, SzIU


Challenges and dealing with them in small family farms in the Republic of Macedonia.

Andrea Sokolovski, National Extension Agency


Group discussion


15.45 – 16.00

Coffee break


Day 1 : Monday 10 September


16.00- 16.45

Economic challenge

This session will focus on the information requirements related to the economic aspects of the innovations in agriculture: are the innovations affordable for smallholders and family farms; can they generate sufficient revenue to counter initial inputs? How to realize efficiency gains along the value chains and within the food systems?



Smart insect trap – cheap solutions using mobile devices for useful agricultural functions

Laszlo Gabor Papocsi, GAK


From the civil society perspective

Andrea Ferrante, CSO representative


Group discussion


16.45-17.30

Social challenge

The session will focus on the information requirements related to the increasingly interconnected scenario of innovating with its multiple interest groups that contributes to the increasing pace of change. It is a non-linear approach that leads to a faster transmission of ideas to a wider set of interactions that now exists between markets, policies and technologies.



Bond (social capital) H2020 project

Petrit Dobi, RASP


Interactive innovation approaches

Andrew Fieldsend, AKI


Social innovation in discovery research project</p>

Pal Goda, DRDC


Group discussion


17.30 -17.40

Conclusion of the day


18:00 – 21.00

Social dinner






Day 2 : Tuesday 11 September 2018

Facilitated by Pal Goda

9.00-9.10

Introduction of the day


9.10- 10.50

Group work presentations


10.50 – 11.05

Coffee Break


11.05 – 13.00

Session 4. Relevant platforms and networks

Carousel Poster

Facilitator: Pal Goda

Round 1

SEASN – South and Eastern European Advisors network

Cosmin Salasan, SEASN


EIP-AGRI (Agricultural European Innovation Partnership)

Pacome Eyenga, EIP


e-Agriculture community of practice

Sophie Treinen, FAO


Agroweb

Arman Manukyan,


TECA - Agricultural technologies and practice

Sonia Ricardo Diaz, FAO


TAPIPEDIA


Round for the presenters

Questions for the groups will reply to the questions while presenters discover the other posters

What were the commonalties, specificities of each network

Round 2

GFRAS –CACFRAS

Botir Dosov, FAO


CACAARI

Alisher Tashmatov, CACAARI


CACILM

Makhmud Shaumarov, FAO


Medicinal Aromatic Plants

Mathe Akos, HERB

 Land Portal FoundationCarlos Tejo, Land Portal Foundation

Round for the presenters

Questions for the groups

What were the commonalties, specificities of each network


Restitutions of group findings



Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Francesco Pierri, FAO (skype)

13.00-14.00

Lunch break


14.00- 15.15

World Café Discussion

To identify which regional needs and information challenges those platforms/networks address and what are the information gaps still unaddressed

World café

5 WGs


15.15-15.30

Coffee break


Preparation of WG results

Day 2 : Tuesday 11 September 2018

Facilitated by Pal Goda

15.30 – 16.00

Results of the World Cafe

Presenters of the WG

Reporting: Jelena Gajic, SzIU

16.00-17.00

Session 5. Clear value proposition for a new regional platform

Discussion on the criteria, scope and sustainability of the platform

Identify the possibilities for cooperation and conclude on the way forward


17.00 – 17.15

Conclusion of the day

reporters


Free evening







Day 3 : Wednesday 12 September 2018


9.00 - 9.10

Introduction of the day

Sophie Treinen, FAO

Reporting: Petrit Dobi, RASP

9.10 – 9.30

Session 6: E-agriculture network and observatory

Linked Open Data and other Semantic Web technologies in e-agriculture and e-governance, the experience of the Land Portal

Carlos Tejo, Land Portal Foundation

9.30 – 9.50

Regional open and linked data sources in agriculture
Survey results and proposal for technical solution in their aggregation as an integrated content service

Marcel Kovac, WeAReNet

9.50 – 10.20

Discussion

 

10.20 – 10.50

Coffee break


10.50 -11.10

Regional review of e-agriculture status

based on referenced data and the readiness index, background and proposal for the observatory

Mihaly Csoto, , NUPS


11.10 – 11.20

Online query interface pilot demonstration of the regional indicator database

Laszlo Gabor Papocsi, GAK


11.20 – 12.30

Questions and answers

Agreement on technical aspects of using the platform and using data about innovations and e-agriculture status

Group work



12.30 – 13.30

Lunch


13.30 – 13.50

Other FAO REU ongoing activities in e-agriculture.

Calls for good practices, Gender and ICTs publication, strategy guides

Sophie Treinen, FAO

13.50– 14.35

The role of ITU in national sectoral strategies for digital applications

Q&A

Hani Eskandar, ITU (skype)

14.35 – 14.55

Experience from developing the Russian version of the e-agriculture strategy guide

Botir Dosov, FAO consultant

14.55 – 15.15

Review of the summary paper for Europe

Sophie Treinen, FAO

Day 3 : Wednesday 12 September 2018


15.15 – 15.45

The process of developing national Digital Agriculture Strategy, the example of Hungary

With translation

Peter Varga, Federation of IT Entrepreneurs

15.45 – 16.00

Digital strategy for the Netherlands

Geert Kits Nieuwenkamp, Agricultural Counsellor Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

16.00 – 16.15

Coffee break and Q&A


16.15 – 17.30

Market place

Identification of cases from the region to illustrate the benefits of the strategic approach

Datalab

Abaco

Zoltan Erdei, ZANE

Cow robots (video)

17.30 – 17.40

Recap of the day



Free evening






Day 4 : Thursday 13 September 2018


9.00 – 9.10

Recap of previous day

Sophie Treinen, FAO

Reporting : Mihaly Csoto, NUPS

9.10 – 10.10

Matching results of market place to strategy

Group work

World café

10.10 – 11.00

Reviewing the guide with findings related the digital transformation of agriculture for small holders


11.00 – 11.20

Coffee break


11.20 – 12.10

Continuation of carousel with action points


12.10 – 12.40

Restitution of group work and results

And way forward


12.40 – 13.00

Closing

Next steps


13.00 – 14.00

Lunch


14.00 – 15.00

Pictures - Cleaning


15.00 – 17.00

Visit of Gödöllő Royal Palace


Video

Comittee

Committee
  • Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, UN FAO Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing Officer Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
  • Sophie Treinen, Information and Knowledge Management Officer Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Laszlo Papocsi, organizer
  • Marcel Kováč, organizer
  • Mihaly Csoto, e-agriculture expert
  • Cosmin Salasan, AKIS expert
  • Attila Nagy, farm advisor
  • Klara Biszkup, event organizing specialist

Practical info

Practical info

Venue: St. Istvan University, Museum of Agricultural Machinery, Knowledge Transfer Centre ((in Hungarian: Tudástranszfer Központ), Entrance "C" 2nd Floor, Room Nr. TK 232, 2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly út 1., online map: goo.gl/maps/ugyaSkcG5J32

Date: 10-13 September, 2018. The official program starts on Monday at 09.00 with registration, and ends on Thursday approx. at 14.00 with lunch.

Accommodation: in the guest rooms of the University, located in the main Campus of Godollo, appr. 150 meters from the venue of the event, in building „B” of the student dormitory, rooms will be on the 4th floor, dedicated for visiting guests. Find map below and refer to letter „B”.

Flight transfers: we will provide transfer for all participants who received the flight tickets from us. On request we can also discuss transfer needs of other participants, please contact below.

Our driver will show up a FAO logo on your arrival to the welcome area. In case of delay, or any other problem not finding each other, you can call the chief driver: +36 20 388 1832

Meals: breakfast and dinner in Mensa Bistro restaurant (http://www.mensabistro.hu/), lunch in Alma Mater restaurant. Vouchers for breakfast and dinner will be provided for each participants according to their stay, lunch we will visit together. Breakfast is at 8.am sharp, dinner in the evening, time is more flexible to be attended.

Dinner on Saturday/Sunday: Ms Klara Biszkup, our travel organizer will go to Mensabistro restaurant and will provide meal vouchers to those already arrived.

Social dinner: will be at Babat farm (https://www.facebook.com/pg/1615670308716469/) of the university on Monday evening (transport together by bus, after the end of Day 1). In case of cool weather bring warm clothes for the carriage riding.

Facultative programs:

  • Tuesday evening: Budapest. Free bus transfer will be provided from 18h leaving, 23h arriving back to Godollo. Please indicate your interest at the registration desk on Monday morning, if you would like to use our transfer. Those coming to Budapest are free to arrange their dinner by their wish (at their own cost).

  • Thursday afternoon: Godollo Royal Palace. Please also indicate your interest.

Contacts:

  • Local organizer of the program: Laszlo Papocsi, +36 30 515 2832, lpapocsi@gmail.com

  • Travel organizer: Klara Biszkup, +36 30 922 9680, biszkup@altagra.hu

  • Transfers (chief driver, English speaking): Karoly Hodi, +36 20 388 1832

  • Main contact of WeAreNet: Marcel Kovac, info@wearenet.eu

Websites:

Regional Expert ConsultationMAP of the university: http://sziu.hu/sites/default/files/images/Campus_map_ang.jpg

Number 2. is the venue of the event, letter B is accommodation, basement of letter A is breakfast and dinner, number 12. is lunch.

  • Participants are kindly requested to
    • indicate their special menu preference no later than 31 August 2018.
    • bring their own laptop, network access keys will be given on the spot.

Contact persons:

Mr Laszlo Papocsi,WeAreNet, organizer
E-mail: lpapocsi@gmail.comTel: + 36 30 515 2832

Ms Ludmilla Vorobej, FAO REU Programme Assistant
E-mail: Ludmilla.Vorobej@fao.org

Mr. Marcel Kováč, WeAreNet, organizer
E-mail: info@wearenet.eu, Tel.: +421 905 260 423


FAO officer in charge:

Ms Nevena Alexandrova, UN FAO Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing OfficerRegional Office for Europe and Central Asia
E-mail:.Nevena.Alexandrova@fao.org
FAO Office: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kossuth Lajos ter 11, Room 422, H-1055 Budapest, Hungary.