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Increasing the speed and uptake of innovation in the field vegetable and potato sectors : defining a new approach for delivering cost effective research.

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Framework Conditions for Innovation

Lead partner

RSK ADAS Ltd.

Contact

Begindatum

12/07/2018

Einddatum

31/03/2023

Project budget

2 562 382

ERDF amount

1 537 429

ERDF rate

60%

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    Common challenge

    Field vegetable and potato production are important agricultural sectors in the 2 Seas area. INNO-Veg tackled the challenge of sustainable intensification of field vegetable and potato production (i.e. increasing crop production and profitability whilst minimizing environmental impact). 
    R&D is key to the promotion of sustainable intensification, however, funding in these sectors has not been sufficient to address the broad range of research priorities which has limited the speed and uptake of innovation. The 2 Seas area was experiencing an ‘implementation gap’, where the wide range of potential benefits of new technologies was not being realised by farmers. In order to address the challenge of increasing food production whilst minimising the environmental impact of agriculture, farmers need to ensure they implement and benefit from advances in all aspects of crop production: from improved soil management and crop nutrition to new varieties and crop protection products. INNO-Veg coped with those challenges by defining a new approach for delivering cost effective research which enabled farmers to test new products/approaches on their own farms and establishing an Innovation network destined to create the framework conditions for innovation to facilitate uptake of the new approach.

    Main Achievements

    The INNO-VEG project was set up to increase the speed and uptake of innovation in the field vegetable and potato sectors by defining and implementing a new approach for delivering cost-effective research, and establishing a cross border innovation network which will create the framework conditions for innovation to facilitate uptake of the new approach. The project has evaluated the suitability of using crop sensing data to assess treatment differences in field experiments. In 2019 a programme of 51 small plot field experiments was carried out to develop an overarching ‘Protocol’ for integrating crop sensing data into field research methodologies. In 2020, field validation experiments were set up to test the ‘Protocol’ in larger field-scale experiments and to develop this into a ‘Framework for farmer-led research’. In 2021, the Framework was tested in 20 farmer led field scale experiments. In these experiments, the farmers took a greater role in planning and setting up the experiments. 
    The ‘Protocol’ and ‘Framework’ documents provide a valuable resource for farmers and advisers who want to set up their own experiments. In addition to the field experimental work, the project also set up a cross border innovation network to facilitate innovation between the precision farming/sensor technology industry, research organisations and the field vegetable and potato crop sectors. Field demonstration and networking events were hosted by all project partners throughout the project. 
    The partnership adapted to the challenges caused by Covid and delivered a mix of in-person and online events. Six dedicated networking events were delivered between 2020 and 2022, and 14 field demonstration stakeholder workshops were delivered in 2021 and 2022. 
    Throughout the project, project partners presented INNO-VEG at 44 other industry events, 19 articles published, and 14 press articles. Towards the end of the project, the project partners worked with key stakeholders to produce a ‘Five-year implementation plan’ for the adoption of the new approach for delivering research and for the continuation of the innovation network. The ‘Five-year implementation plan’ includes a commitment from 23 organisations to a programme of actions which will maximise the long-term impact and ensure durability of project outputs and results.

    Testimonial

    “The Inno-Veg partnership carried out 51 small plot trials and 35 field scale trials over three years of experiments in four countries. This makes INNO-VEG one of the largest applied research projects in the field vegetable & potato sector in these countries during this period.”

    Partnership

    Partners

    Inagro vzw

    Delphy BV

    ARVALIS-Institut du vegetal

    Outputs

    Output title
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    31/03/2021

    INNO-VEG

    Thema: Support to innovationAgriculture and horticulture

    Framework for farmer led research (available as published document)

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    31/03/2020

    INNO-VEG

    Thema: Support to innovationAgriculture and horticulture

    Protocol for integrating high resolution spatial crop data into research experiments (available as published document).

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities