June 16, 2023

Sweden AKIS | Updates on the different AKIS

AKIS Overview:

AKIS can be considered consisting of several subsystems that can be interconnected from different perspectives. Among other things, they can be connected based on a certain geographical area localization (such as local/municipal level, regional level, national level and international level), or based on subject areas where actors collaborate to develop agriculture within a certain subject area. The actors within AKIS are coming from different sectors (see Figure 1). Cooperation both internally and externally the food system is important.

Sweden’s AKIS is diversified and fragmented, and lack a lot of cooperation between the different actors. The challenge is to coordinate and facilitate cooperation between these different systems, that is to coordinate the national AKIS in Sweden.

Figure 1 – Actors within AKIS

The Figure 1 is a way to illustrate the actors within AKIS. There are several AKIS which among other things, operates in different geographical areas or in different subject areas. Each circle in the figure symbolizes an AKIS in which different actors can be included. The farmer is in the middle, and surrounded by actors from the following categories: Industry organizations and associations, authorities, research, applied research and innovation, advisory organizations, financiers, schools, universities and course activities, industry and suppliers, trade and consumer.

Major investments are being made in knowledge hubs within 1) animal production, 2) business management, 3) environment & climate and 4) digitalization.

The following has been requested by AKIS actors at the annual meetings:

  • Communication platform for actors
  • Improved communication and dialogue-creating efforts
  • Coordination of international engagements linked to AKIS
  • Forum to highlight the need for competence development of advisers
  • Regular analyses of needs and evaluations

AKIS Coordination Bodies:

AKIS CB is coordinated by a group consisting of employees at the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the National Rural Network.

AKIS CB is now theoretically structured. It has been commissioned by the government, and will now be implemented in practice. We have just drawn up a plan for how we will work. This is a big step forward, as it was missing before. Now we are starting to work according to this plan in practice as well. Innovation coach, Innovation support within EIP-Agri and an AKIS working group are organized within the National network. Together with Policy Officers and responsible for tenders and announcements at the Swedish Board of Agriculture, we will work as a team for the coordination of AKIS. A cooperation with regional authorities and green clusters etc. is being made.

The total budget for the strategic plan is approximately SEK 60 billion for the period 2023–2027. The money comes from both the EU and Sweden. The EU accounts for SEK 45 billion and Sweden for SEK 15 billion.

Budget overview for the strategic plan

Farm support, support for young farmers, cattle support and 1-year environmental and climate compensation SEK 34.9 billion

Compensation support, multi-year environmental and climate compensation, animal welfare compensation, start-up support, investment support and project support, Leader SEK 24.8 billion

Support to the beekeeping sector, support to producer organizations for fruit and vegetables SEK 380 million

The information is collected from The Swedish Board of Agriculture Strategiska planen för EU:s jordbrukspolitik – where further information can be collected.

Find the full AKIS country report here.

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