CAP Network Ireland joined representatives from across all EU member states in attending the Modern AKIS second general assembly held in Zagreb, Croatia on the 7th and 8th of November.
The ModernAKIS project, modernisation of agriculture through Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) aims to improve the capacity and collaboration of all actors in the agricultural sector and interrelated fields to leverage individual, organizational and systemic resources needed in the transition to a more sustainable management and use of natural resources in farming and forestry.
This two-day event helped to foster peer-to-peer learning and exchange of experiences among AKIS coordination bodies and decision makers across EU member states with interactive networking and knowledge exchange focused on increasing system engagement and collaborative development of more coherent, effective, efficient and well-functioning AKIS systems in line with relevant policy objectives, e.g., the Green Deal, Farm2Fork, CAP Strategic Plan, Sustainable Development Goals.
AKIS coordination bodies and supporting organisations will work to improve knowledge flows and enhance engagement in developing a well-functioning, impactful Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems which encompass all people and organizations that generate, share, and use knowledge and innovation for agriculture. Important actors for an effective AKIS system include farmers, foresters, farmers’ and foresters’ organisations and cooperatives, advisors, researchers, policy makers and NGO’s in addition to the inclusion of actors in interrelated fields such as rural areas, value chains, environment, climate, biodiversity, society and consumers.
National and trans-national AKIS systems will continue to be developed and enhanced through regular sharing of peer-to-peer knowledge, experiences, methods and tools between AKIS coordination bodies, with the next general assembly taking place in April 2024.
You can find out more about the modernAKIS project here.
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