The meeting was a chance to take stock on progress made and to plan ahead for 2021 



From the 17th to the 19th of November FAIRshare hosted its second annual meeting. The meeting took place online due to restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the goal to promote cooperation within the consortium and find shared solutions. The meeting served as an opportunity for all partners to share progress towards the project aims, collaborate on current work and plan for the future. The three-days event included overviews of each of the project’s work packages with detailed discussions on what had been achieved in the previous year, as well as on the next steps. The FAIRshare project looks forward to an exciting 2021 where the project’s User Cases will begin and to the continued progress of all project activities.

Project Coordinator, Professor Tom Kelly from Teagasc opened proceedings by welcoming partners to the event and stated: “The project has achieved a lot in the two years that we have been working together in terms of the development of the digital tools inventory, the collection of good practices, advisor and farmer survey results, and preparing for the User Cases”.

After three days of presentations, activities and exchange, the meeting was closed by a presentation from Dr Kristin Davis, a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Dr Davis highlighted key challenges encountered in increasing digital extension in developing countries of Africa. The presentation served to illustrate how similar obstacles impede the digitalisation of advisory services across Europe.

FAIRshare (Farm Advisory digital Innovation tools Realised and Shared) is a five years EU Horizon 2020 funded project which begun at the end of 2018 and focuses on increasing the uptake of digital tools and services by agricultural advisors. The FAIRshare project has two main objectives. Firstly, to develop an open inventory of the digital tools and services in use internationally, this will be available to all advisors. Feel free to check out its new DATS flyer. Secondly, to create a ‘living lab’ which empowers advisors from across the EU to engage and interact with the online inventory. FAIRshare will also fund 40 different advisory cases that will enable advisors to address the challenge of embedding digital tools in different advisory and farming contexts across the EU.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 818488