AgriSpin – Space for Innovations in Agriculture

The Agrispin Project aims at creating space for agricultural innovations, through amplifying good examples of innovation support systems and through multiactor learning about ways to stimulate innovation and remove obstacles.

Funded by: the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Project Duration: 2014 - 2017 (3 years)

Budget: 36.400 Euro

Project Objectives

The AgriSpin project aimed at examining the practice of innovation today by answering questions such as: How does the European farmer seek information and support? What competencies does he expect of his adviser? What kind of support system is in place today? By doing so, AgriSpin intends to uncover best cases for innovation and identify the type of innovation support system that makes for the most optimal innovation process.

To ensure that the knowledge accumulated in the project is disseminated to as many stakeholders as possible, AgriSpin worked towards creating a powerful European network among advisers, researchers, organisational experts and innovation companies.

By establishing a strong innovation network between the partners of the AgriSpin project as well as reaching out to European agricultural networks, innovation networks, EU-funded innovation projects and to politicians, on a European, regional and national level, AgriSpin hopes to contribute to a strengthened innovation effort in European agriculture.

Project Updates

The scientific team of AgriSpin has delivered the analytical framework on which the  13 Cross Visits are based. 

The conceptual framework aims to facilitate the exchange of existing knowledge on innovative approaches in agriculture, agricultural supply chains and rural areas.

By summarizing and drawing conclusions from the reviewed literature, the scientific team of AgriSpin proposes operational definitions and an understanding of terms and concepts relevant for the AgriSPIN project.

The research teams’ reflections on what constitutes crucial words, concepts and topics for AgriSpin are organized into three sections. They highlight:

  • a structural perspective on innovation components (chapter 3)
  • a dynamic perspective on innovation components (chapter 4) and
  • a selection of concepts related to innovation support services (chapter 5).

Please download the report to check out the conceptual framework of AgriSpin.

Romania Cross Visit

ADEPT has participated to the cross visits, workshops and seminars organised during the project and was the host of  a cross visit between 4 and 8 July 2016.

Read the report on Romanian Cross Visit. 

During the Romanian cross visit the following 4 cases have been analysed: 

Innovative Markets: Community Enterprise, HNV SES Fruleco

Diversifying the products using local resources and thus protecting a unique landscape in Europe. ADEPT team developed a project to build a community facility, with the objective of demonstrating the simplest facility that would comply with the minimum food hygiene rules imposed by EU and to offer an alternative for economic viability of Tarnava Mare Area. Download the practice abstract.

Model Sheepfold

Example of traditional farming methods being supported by technical expertise. The project provides solar panels for sheepfolds so that shepherds can improve their living conditions while staying with their flocks of sheep in the hills in the summer (charge their mobile phones to keep in touch with their families and to be able to use hot water to increase the hygienic condition up on the hills). Download the practice abstract.

Viscri Association

ADEPT has developed village associations as centre of innovation and expertise. With support from Innovation Norway, ADEPT have developed a milk collection points (MCPs) for Viscri Association. By improving milk quality and quantity, and assisting with negotiations with milk processing companies, they have increased the price of milk obtained by the farmers, and halted the decline in cow numbers in the area. Download the practice abstract.

Innovative Markets: Private Enterprise, Casa de pe Deal

Local small producer benefited from the young farmer grant and investment measure under National Rural Development Plan. Integrated project: guesthouse, bike hire, small scale production. Download the practice abstract.

Cross Visits

A cross visit is an across-the-border-meeting where all partners meet to evaluate the host country’s best practice cases for innovation.

  • September 9 through 11, 2015 - Cross Visit in the Netherlands
  • September 14 through 16, 2015 - Cross Visit in Belgium
  • October 27 through 30, 2015 - Cross Visit in Spain
  • November 30 through December 3, 2015 - Cross Visit in Denmark
  • January 13 through 20, 2016 - Cross Visit in France
  • March 7 through 10, 2016 - Cross Visit in Italy
  • April 4 through 8, 2016 - Cross Visit in Greece
  • May 8 through 12, 2016 - Cross Visit in Germany
  • May 30 through June 3, 2016 - Cross Visit in Latvia
  • June 13 through 17, 2016 - Cross Visit in Finland
  • June 21 through 24, 2016 - Cross Visit in Italy
  • July 4 through 8, 2016 - Cross Visit in Romania
  • September 12 through 16, 2016 - Cross Visit in Ireland

In connection with every Cross Visit, one or several videos are produced. Videos from the Cross Visits are published on www.agrispin.eu.

Reports and Publications

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Analytical Framework on Which the Cross Visits are Based

The conceptual framework aims to facilitate the exchange of existing knowledge on innovative approaches in agriculture, agricultural supply chains and rural areas.
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Methodological Guide For Documenting and Selecting the Innovation Cases

The selection guide has been developed with the aim of documenting and selecting a wide diversity of innovation cases for the Cross Visits as they can be found in different European rural regions (including overseas), farming and agro-food systems.
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Typology of Innovation Support Services

The cases covered by the AgriSpin cross cisits were analysed based on this report. When using a typology of innovation support services, it is easier to answer questions such as: Which services are required? Which services are more useful? Which services are innovative? Who could be the provider? How should the service be provided? What are the roles of the ISS?
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Synthesis Report of AgriSpin Innovation Cases

The synthesis report serves as a catalogue of all the cases examined in the AgriSpin project. The cases were selected on the basis of the conceptual framework and the methodological guide.
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The Cross Visit Method

The final methodology for the AgriSpin Cross Visits is essentially a manual for the Cross Visit Method, i.e. a guideline for how to conduct a successful Cross Visit.
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Final Report on the Cross Visits

The report presents the factual information on the complete series of Cross Visits answering questions regarding the description of the innovation, the actors/roles within the innovation, the role of the support service, the factors of success and failure, regional particularities, specific recommendations, and lessons that can be generalized.
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The recommendations

The report marks a moment in time on the AgriSpin partners’ ongoing journey. The case studies are still being analysed for a deeper understanding of what matters most in innovation processes and the interventions of support agents. The recommendations serve as one of the inputs for the partners’ ongoing dialogue.
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Cross Compared Research Insights On Innovation Support Practices Report

The report examines the similarities and differences between visited and studied innovation cases within the AgriSpin project. It also identifies and examines the relationship between innovation support services and it looks into the role of exceptional personality traits of innovators and support actors on the outcome of innovation processes.

AgriSpin Is Paving the Way for More Innovation in European Agriculture

by Pernille Pennington| August 2nd, 2017

Forty engaged participants learned about AgriSpin and its results at the End Conference held on July 3rd in the picturesque city of Chania in Crete. During a whole day of presentations and discussions, the AgriSpin method of creating space for innovation in agriculture took center stage. Before introducing the method for creating space for innovation, […]

German Farmers Are Trained In Innovation And Personal Skills

by Pernille Pennington| June 28th, 2017

The Andreas Hermes Academy (AHA) helps farmers strengthen their entrepreneurial soft skills. By offering advanced courses, the Academy makes it possible for farmers to focus on their innovative skills even though they are busy running their farm. The innovation training of AHA is about the qualification of human beings on three levels.

Irish Milk Producers Are Helped in Selecting Breeding Stock

by Pernille Pennington| June 22nd, 2017

Forty engaged participants learned about AgriSpin and its results at the End Conference held on July 3rd in the picturesque city of Chania in Crete. During a whole day of presentations and discussions, the AgriSpin method of creating space for innovation in agriculture took center stage. Before introducing the method for creating space for innovation, […]

The Bio-district Cilento connects organic farmers with consumers

by Pernille Pennington| June 16th, 2017

Public administrators, restaurant and canteen owners, and business owners in the tourism industry in the Cilento region of Italy started working together to promote local organic produce. By facilitating their cooperation, the organic farming association, AIAB, has helped the farmers to sustain their business.

Managing Body & Contact

Romania Cross Visit Videos

Ses Fruleco - Innovative markets: Community enterprise

ADEPT Model Sheepfold

Viscri Association Story

Casa de pe Deal - Innovative markets: Private enterprise

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