Workshop - strategies for adoption of knowledge management

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     The "FutureFarm Validation workshop" was organized in Prague University of Live Science in Czech Republic. Prague University was chosen for its attractive geographic position and its ability to host this Validation workshop during the International Conference for Information Systems in Agriculture and Forestry in May 11th - 12th, 2010. The FutureFarm project, its main tasks and the achieved results by each Work Package (1to7) were presented during the workshop. Following the project’s presentation, a. the vision of the farm of the future from the ICT technologies point of view, and b. the strategies for adoption of knowledge management on farm level were discussed with farmers and a group of experts (researchers, IT experts and consultants).  The report "Analysis of principles for adaptive knowledge management on pilot farms" was validated mainly by this workshop. The outputs of the workshop will be used in the preparation of a roadmap methodology for knowledge management adoption.

Main conclusions from the workshop are that farmers are quite reluctant in investing in new technology if they are not convinced that the investment will start paying off from the first year. Also, a model that would allow farmers to avoid a big investment in the first year would definitely facilitate the adoption of precision farming techniques in the farms. Finally, farmers need to be convinced that an investment in any precision farming or knowledge management equipment/software will give them significant results in either the quantity or the quality of their production, or that the costs for their production will be reduced.

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