EUFRAS is taking part in i2connect project aiming to fuel the competencies of advisors who will support and facilitate interactive innovation processes and looking for experts to carry out AKIS inventory in Sweden.

The project also acknowledges a wide consensus among scholars and policymakers that knowledge is a key resource to support European agriculture in meeting new challenges such as international competition, food safety, health or environmental and climate change issues. Within this context, the central role that advisory services can play has gained wide attention. In 2015, the first inventory on agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS) and advisory services (AS) in the EU countries was carried out in the context of the PRO AKIS project. With the next CAP reform ahead that envisages strengthening of Member States’ AKIS and proposes policy instruments to encourage knowledge exchange and support to innovations in agriculture and rural areas (COM 2018/392). In this context, the i2connect project will update the AKIS inventory. Forestry advisory service providers will be also included.

The country reports will give a comprehensive overview of the AKIS infrastructures and on the predominant agricultural and forestry advisory services on national and – if applicable – on regional levels. Ultimately, the reports will provide up-to-date information for policy and practice in the respective countries.

The complete set of AKIS country reports (30 reports) will be available in January 2021.

EUFRAS is subcontracting the following service:

Elaboration of the AKIS country report within the framework of the Horizon 2020 EU project i2connect (Grant Agreement No. 863039) for Sweden, to be completed by 06.11.2020 and updated in the period 01.06.2024 to 31.10.2024.

For more information, please read the call!