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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-01 - 2022-04-30

Ecological approaches to farming practices are gaining interest across Europe. As this interest grows there is a pressing need to assess the potential contribution these practices may make, the contexts in which they work and their attractiveness to farmers as potential adopters. In particular ecological agriculture must be assessed against the aim of promoting the improved performance and sustainability of farms, rural environment, rural societies and economies together. The overall goal of LIFT is to identify the potential benefits of the adoption of ecological farming in the European Union (EU) and to understand how socio-economic and policy factors impact on the adoption, performance and sustainability of ecological farming at various scales from the level of the single farm to that of a territory. To meet this goal, LIFT will assess the determinants of adoption of ecological approaches, and evaluate the performance and overall sustainability of these approaches in comparison to more conventional agriculture across a range of farm systems and geographic scales. LIFT will also develop new private arrangements and policy instruments which could improve the adoption and subsequent performance and sustainability of the rural nexus. For this, LIFT will suggest an innovative framework for multi-scale sustainability assessment aimed to identify critical paths toward the adoption of ecological approaches to enhance public goods and ecosystem services delivery. This will be achieved through the integration of transdisciplinary scientific knowledge and stakeholder expertise to co-develop innovative decision-support tools. The project will inform and support EU priorities relating to agriculture and the environment in order to promote the performance and sustainability of the combined rural system. At least 30 case studies will be performed in order to reflect the enormous variety in the socio-economic and bio-physical conditions for agriculture across the EU.
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.

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