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June 7, 2024

“AKIS in action” Modernization of agriculture

In the pursuit of sustainable agriculture, innovation is a cornerstone for achieving the vision set forth by the European Green Deal. Central to this endeavour is the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS), which emphasises multi-actor driven innovation and robust networks aimed at generating practical and scalable innovations. Only by translating novel ideas into actionable practices, empowering farmers, and other AKIS actors to realise a truly sustainable agricultural landscape in Europe.

Policy makers play a pivotal role in shaping interventions that prioritize innovation and bolster the resilience of Europe’s agriculture sector. By fostering a conducive environment for innovation, policymakers can catalyse transformative changes that enhance productivity, sustainability, and resilience within the food and agriculture industry.

On this regard, the modernAKIS project aims to enhance the capacities of AKIS actors to drive transformation towards more sustainable management of natural resources in farming and forestry. This is to be achieved through capacity building and networking events, exchange via the akisconnect.eu platform, and online training modules, which are designed to foster a community of AKIS actors committed to peer learning and knowledge exchange.

This ‘AKIS in action’ Modernisation of Agriculture networking event delved into how policy interventions can drive innovation and fortify Europe’s agricultural landscape.

Jesus Antón and Urszula Ziebinska from the OECD shed light on policies for the future of farming and food in the European Union, with a specific focus on innovation. Urszula Ziebinska, a Data and Policy Analyst at the OECD, presented the latest findings from the OECD’s report on “Policies for the Future of Farming and Food in the European Union.” The report emphasises the crucial role of innovation in driving productivity and environmental sustainability within the EU’s agriculture sector. By placing innovation at the core of agricultural policy strategy, the EU aims to harmonise enhanced productivity with environmental stewardship. Following the presentations, participants actively enganged in exchanging experiences with the speakers.

The project aims to enhance the capacities of AKIS actors to drive transformation towards more sustainable management of natural resources in farming and forestry. This is to be achieved through capacity building and networking events, exchange via the akisconnect.eu platform, and online training modules, which are designed to foster a community of AKIS actors committed to peer learning and knowledge exchange.

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