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Creating the future of agriculture

 

AgroServ is a five-year long EU-funded project (2022-27) with a mission to support research and innovation in the field of agriculture and agroecology. We aim to address the complex challenges faced by agricultural systems, including the need to sustainably feed a growing global population, combat climate change, preserve natural resources, and enhance biodiversity. 

To do that we offer a wide range of research services, from the molecular to the societal level, and create new links and collaboration between different stakeholders within the sector, such as farmers, the industry and policymakers. 

The unique contribution of AgroServ comes from the high inclusiveness of research infrastructures, within the agroecological sector. A total of 73 partners comes together, offering a total of 143 Research Services. This wide offer of services is easily accessible through a common portal. 

The results and methods will be useful for many, including politicians and other policy makers to evaluate the right approach to environmental threats when making evidence-based decisions. 

The transdisciplinary project AgroServ is funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe programme. It encourages the cross-fertilisation of knowledge in a variety of fields such as agricultural sciences, natural sciences, biological sciences, ecology, forestry, fisheries and agronomy.

 
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A Europe-wide data ecosystem

By delivering a Europe-wide data ecosystem, AgroServ aims to facilitate a systemic and holistic approach to understand the challenges facing agriculture and to develop resilient and sustainable agrifood systems. By looking at ecological processes applied to farming and related to agroecosystem biodiversity, the project will be concerned with enabling research related, among others, to:

  • Agricultural production practices, 

  • Material cycling and the efficiency and use of natural resources, 

  • Species interactions and plant and animal breeding (following a “one health” approach), 

  • Investigative domains of cognitive and organisational nature (stresses on agricultural systems from drivers outside agriculture…),

  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation, carbon sequestration, soil health, pest and disease control, etc.

 

 

Collaboration

 

Enabling transdisciplinarity and co-creation through the living labs approach
Co-creation has recently become an extremely widespread and popularised term. It’s not only used on consumer-centred discourse but also on multi-stakeholders’ platforms such as public-private partnerships and living labs involving innovation and research.

Co-creation in the private sectors is described as the process of value creation through the active collaboration of the consumers by allowing them to co-develop the product and service experience to fit their needs (Kambil et al. 1999).

In the context of the AgroServ project, co-creation should be aligned  with the living labs co-creation concept which refers to a form of open innovation, where the creation of new value takes place in cooperation between the experts and a variety of stakeholders from industry, research, public institutions, and civil society, in which the inputs of the user play a central role (Hagy et al. 2016, Mambrini-Doudet et al. 2021).

Therefore, the involvement of multiple stakeholders creates a multi-contextual scene in which the actors engage and interact with other stakeholders during every step of the co-creation process from problem definition to piloting (Ballon et al. 2005, Kreiling and Paunov 2021). This can mobilise and bring together complementary and transversal agroecological expertise which increases the speed and uptake of innovations while also increasing awareness and relevance of agroecological transition and, at the same time, addressing socio-economic challenges via the involvement of civil society. 

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