PROJECT OBJECTIVES

It is the vision of the modernAKIS project that the AKIS approach will become an indispensable and effective tool for all actors in the EU MS’ agri-food systems to develop sustainable, climate change proof and multifunctional forms of agriculture and resource use. Embracing the AKIS approach will contribute to removing institutional barriers to the needed transformations and overcome inequalities and blockades in politics and society.

Thus, the project’s main objective is to improve AKIS actors’ capacities to leverage individual, organizational and systemic resources needed for the transformation towards more coherent, effective, and efficient AKIS systems and the transition to a more sustainable management and use of natural resources in farming and forestry.

The ten interrelated specific objectives (SO) of modernAKIS are:

S01

Build and foster a European network of at least 1.000 key AKIS actors, including AKIS coordination bodies, from all EU MS, who will spearhead the transformation of the AKIS systems towards a more effective governance and modernized European agro-food sector

S02

Provide a comprehensive knowledge exchange platform with new know-how, and at least 80 tools and methods supporting key AKIS actors to improve the knowledge flows and develop a well-functioning AKIS in line with relevant policy objectives, e.g., the Green Deal, Farm2Fork, Sustainable Development Goals

S03

Build capacities of at least 1.000 key AKIS actors towards systems understanding and engagement, enabling them to enact long-term system changes that will improve the AKIS

S04

Co-design 1 benchmarking tool for comparing various types of AKIS as well as reference indicators enabling MS to assess and monitor their AKIS, identify innovative governance solutions and suitable interventions for their individual situation

S05

Build capacities of AKIS coordination bodies and key AKIS actors from MS, using a coherent, effective, and context-aware approach accompanied by reflexive exercises, advice, and coaching, to monitor, measure and improve the organization and functioning of their AKIS and to enhance interaction between AKIS actors

S06

Provide a forum to support AKIS coordination bodies to identify change management issues arising around AKIS systems, including success factors and multi-faceted barriers, and enable them to find adequate governance solutions to improve knowledge and innovation sharing

S07

Collect and exchange practice-oriented knowledge on how advisors and innovation support can be integrated into the AKIS and how researchers can be incentivized to deliver practice-ready research and knowledge

S08

Build capacities of key AKIS actors and coach them to set-up and sustain local/regional/national AKIS Communities of Practice in all MS, linking projects and practitioners from research, education, advisory, farming practice and EIP Operational Groups to facilitate the uptake of knowledge and innovation through dynamic peer-to-peer learning experiences

S09

Build capacities of key AKIS actors and coach them to set-up and sustain local/regional/national AKIS Communities of Practice in all MS, linking projects and practitioners from research, education, advisory, farming practice and EIP Operational Groups to facilitate the uptake of knowledge and innovation through dynamic peer-to-peer learning experiences

S10

Provide the project results and materials in the form of 100 ‘practice abstracts’ to EIP-AGRI, to MS AKIS and as digital documentation to the EU-wide interactive knowledge reservoir

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