Developing a farm performance enhancement platform – Farm PEP
ADAS is also leading a multi-collaborative Innovate UK project under ‘Ideas that Address Covid-19’ funding, which focuses on the communication issues around knowledge exchange in agriculture. Covid-19 has disrupted in-person events, meetings and shows, but has stimulated delivery online through the wider use of videos, webinars, and podcasts. However, the ability for any meaningful two-way conversations via these platforms is limited. Current online resources are fragmented – there is no one place where farmers, practitioners, advisors and researchers can go to find out what is happening in the agricultural research sector, or to tell others about new findings, projects, initiatives, experiences, ideas or best practice, across the industry.
With partners University of Gloucester’s Countryside & Community Research Institute (CCRI), Agri-techE, Innovative Farmers, The Farming Forum and Open Coop, this project seeks to engage key players across the industry with two major outputs. The first is to evaluate the impact of Covid19on knowledge exchange in agriculture with a rapid appraisal, due to be published late spring 2021. The second is to co-design a new digital solution we call Farm Performance Enhancement Platform or Farm-PEP. Farm-PEP will connect projects and people, integrating tools and initiatives and providing an online community space for knowledge sharing. We see this as enabling communications between the people engaged in initiatives like the YENs.