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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31

The general objective of the project ENHANCE is to fully realize and to further develop the currently existing scientific potential of the agricultural economists of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (USAVMB), particularly with respect to quantitative methods like modelling, simulation, and scientometrics as well as game theory, in order to support FMEIARD’s development as the leading actor in agricultural economics in Romania with a strong European network. This objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives: 1. to establish institutions within FMEIARD which provide incentives to increase the quality of research and teaching as well as broaden international networks beyond the project’s life-time; 2. to create the capacity for cutting edge research on level of the individual staff member and –consequently– at faculty level, through the application of targeted measures (training sessions, summer schools), aiming at the transfer of specific theoretical and methodological know-how and skills, specifically responding to the strengths, weaknesses and resulting development needs of FMEIARD; 3. to strengthen networking and cooperation with international research institutions, through the partnerships within the ENHANCE consortium itself, through a consequent mutual exchange of researchers and through the integration of an international, scientific advisory board. 4. to raise the standards of particularly post-graduate education through the implementation of summer-schools and the exchange of post-graduate researchers; 5. to develop future dissemination and funding acquisition strategies; 6. to develop a system of quality assurance to monitor and measure the progress and success of the collaboration.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-07-01 - 2017-05-31

Innovations create conditions for economic growth, efficient use of resources and improved quality of life. This insight carries the current program of rural development more than in the previous programs by putting effort on measures to support the innovation system. The "European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability" is an example of this development. The scientific analysis of innovations at the farm requires the collection of empirical material on the farm. Above all, it is important to elicit the attitude of individual farm managers toward innovation. Based on these findings overarching commonalities can then be studied, as well as the agricultural potential for innovation can be outlined. Such an overview is essential for developing policies that help utilize the existing potential for innovation in agriculture. Only when it is known which measures, types of innovation, and innovation objectives and opportunities for innovation at the level of the farm are in place, it is possible to improve the framework and to strengthen the innovation system.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-09-01 - 2018-08-31

The objective of the project is to provide a conceptual basis, evidence, tools and improved incentive and policy options to support the "smart" provision of public goods by the EU agriculture and forestry ecosystems, in the light of trade-offs and conflicts brought about by prospective intensification scenarios, using a transdisciplinary approach. PROVIDE will consider a wide range of public goods, including the scope for intensification to produce negative externalities, in relation with a wide set of legislations. It will address the issue in a multi-scale framework working both at the EU level and at case study level in thirteen Countries of the EU. The practical results of the project will be: a renewed (“un-packed”) conceptualization of the notion of public goods; an operational framework to support the smart provision of public goods; a toolbox putting together an inventory/mapping of options, operational means for valuation and evaluation, and a selection of evaluated policy/sector mechanisms; a consolidated and long-lasting community of knowledge and practice. The project will achieve the above results through a mapping and inventory of public goods and the mechanisms producing such goods, allowing to identify ’hotspots’ for mechanisms and policy development. Around these ’hotspots’, the project will then value different public goods and explore value transferability across several regions and ecosystems. Next, to meet a smart production of public goods, consistent with the current needs of productivity, bioeconomy strategy and rural development, innovative policy tools and mechanisms will be comparatively assessed and evaluated. The outcomes of these activities will feed information into the framework and toolbox. All these processes will be co-developed with stakeholders, so that the framework and toolbox will be a co-constructed product allowing incremental development also beyond the lifetime of the project, maximizing PROVIDE’s impact.

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