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FutureFarm consortium’s vision of the European agriculture in the future and recommendations on the adoption of knowledge manage

In the future, European farmers will have to effectively manage information on and off their farms to improve economic viability and to reduce environmental impact.

Workshop - strategies for adoption of knowledge management

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.

Analysis of principles for adaptive knowledge management on pilot farms

Knowledge management offers a great opportunity for farmers to grow on the market, to be more flexible as far as market needs are concerned and to develop new products or services for their production. Information systems are a crucial part of Knowledge management referring to all the interactive technology needed to store and manage information. Farmers have a wide scale of possibilities to acquire knowledge in their daily decision making process within the farm.

Workshop - strategies for adoption of knowledge management

     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.

Analysis of External Drivers

The purpose of this report is to analyze external drivers that could have a significant impact on knowledge management methods and on farming systems as a whole for the next 25 years. The analysis was conducted on the basis of literature review and the personal judgment of the expert authors. For each external driver, the authors provided a description which also included recent data and a historical review of the driver.

SWOT analysis of drivers and farms

D.1.2.2 analyzes stakeholders’ opinion about external drivers, which was  realized on the base of interviews provided by project partners on four experimental farms (mainly in language of stakeholders for better understanding of the problem).  There will be two main parts:  - Stakeholders opinion about influences of external drivers on their production  - Conclusion from stakeholders opinion The stakeholder’s opinion was based on interviews on four experimental farms and was based on the principles of SWOT analysis.

Visions and recommendations for knowledge management

This report concludes analysis of reports 1.1.1., 1.1.2, 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 and defines vision of future knowledge management system, which has to be  designed and developed by Future Farm. The main focus of recommendation is on a) integration among different levels of farm management systems and b) on the supported tasks that will be required (according to the previously analyzed external drivers and their influence on the three levels of farm management and hence farm knowledge management).

Knowledge Management Methods

The report D.1.2.1 analysis focuses on the examples  of agriculture knowledge management methods mainly in countries where the testing farms are located. Still, this study compares these systems also with other solutions available in the market. It  evaluates the currently used technologies at the agriculture management. The study analyses examples of two basic types of current farm management systems; desktop based and Web based. Part of this study is also the assessment of user satisfaction with the currently used systems.

List of external drivers

The  report  D.1.1.1  defines  an  initial  list  of  external  drivers  that  will  have  a  big  impact  on knowledge management methods and on farming system as a whole in the next 25 years. These external drivers will be analyzed deeply within the next four month on the basis of analysis of literature, but also base on  the SWOT analysis  realized directly on  the concrete  farms.

Work Packages

Work in FutureFarm is divided into 8 Work Packages (WPs), each of which is managed by a work package leader:

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