EUFRAS is taking a coordinating role in rural advisor qualification and certification in Europe by joining the IALB competence development standard CECRA (Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas). On the 15th of June within the 54th IALB Conference and 3rd EUFRAS Meeting in Solothurn, Switzerland EUFRAS Chairman of the Board Tom Kelly and IALB President Edda Albers signed the Cooperation and Usage Agreement on CECRA between IALB and EUFRAS, that constitutes the basis of the involvement of EUFRAS in CECRA.
Policy recommendations for strengthening European agricultural innovation systems
European research and action project PRO AKIS investigated agricultural advisory services within the context of Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS) and developed policy recommendations for strengthening European agricultural innovation systems.
Farm advisers survey
OK-Net Arable project has launched a survey to get better insight in which sources and tools organic farm advisers use to gather information, and to exchange knowledge with farmers. The results of the survey will help to identify among the huge variety of already existing advisory materials which ones work the best and how they can best be disseminated.
The survey is particularly targeted at farm advisers having experience with arable cropping.
To answer the survey please click here.
Foundation of the South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network
After almost two years of preparations, agricultural institutions from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia successfully founded the South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network (SEASN). SEASN Founding Assembly took place in Bulgarian capital city Sofia at 22nd October 2015. Tom Kelly, President of the EUFRAS and Ulrich Ryser, President of the IALB marked special significance to the Founding Assembly with their attending and presented very acutal theme: „Key challenges for European agricultural advisory services and the importance of advisory services cooperation“.