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AN AGRICULTURE KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM FOR EUROPE?. Fons Werrij EURAGRI Secretary General XIX EURAGRI Members Conference, 22/23 September 2005 Central Science Laboratory, York, UK . THE KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM SHOULD BE AT THE SERVICE OF: POLICY AND INDUSTRY AND CIVIL SOCIETY.

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An agriculture knowledge system for europe

AN AGRICULTURE KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM FOR EUROPE?

Fons Werrij

EURAGRI Secretary General

XIX EURAGRI Members Conference, 22/23 September 2005

Central Science Laboratory, York, UK


The knowledge system should be at the service of policy and industry and civil society
THE KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM SHOULD BE AT THE SERVICE OF: POLICYANDINDUSTRYANDCIVIL SOCIETY


Agriculture is the pars pro toto expression for the ensemble of
AGRICULTURE IS THE pars pro toto EXPRESSION FORTHE ENSEMBLE OF:

  • The exploitation of the natural and biological resources

  • Human nutrition

  • Rural society


We know the research agenda
WE KNOW THE RESEARCH AGENDA:

  • SUSTAINABILITY

  • SAFETY AND HEALTH

  • (COST-)EFFICIENCY AND PROFITABILITY

  • VITALITY of RURAL AREA

  • ETHICAL ACCEPTABILITY


The type of knowledge that is needed

THE TYPE OF KNOWLEDGE THAT IS NEEDED:

NATURAL SCIENCES

TECHNICAL SCIENCES

SOCIAL SCIENCES

HUMANITIES


First observation all scientific and technical disciplines of the needed knowledge base are present
FIRST OBSERVATION:ALL SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES OF THE NEEDED KNOWLEDGE BASE ARE PRESENT

FIRST QUESTION:

HOW TO TURN THE KNOWLEDGE BASE IN A KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM?

  • THE INITIAL APPROACH

  • THE PAST APPROACH

  • THE PRESENT/FUTURE APPROACH


The initial approach
THE INITIAL APPROACH

ORGANISATION AND GOVERNANCE OF THE SCIENCE(AND DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, EXTENSION, TRAINING ETC):

  • UNANYMOUS MISSION

  • ONE SINGLE SPONSOR

  • NARROW KNOWLEDGE BASE

  • NO SOCIETAL DISPUTE

  • NATIONAL DIMENSIONS

    RESULT:

    NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS


The past approach
THE PAST APPROACH:

COORDINATION OF THE SCIENCE

  • INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN DIMENSIONS

  • DIVERGENCE OF INTERESTS AND MISSIONS

  • WIDENING KNOWLEDGE BASE

  • SPONSORSHIP PROBLEMS

  • SOCIETAL CHANGES AND DISPUTES

    RESULT:

    THE NATIONAL SYSTEMS HAVE LOST THEIR MONOPOLISTIC STATUS


The present future approach
THE PRESENT/FUTURE APPROACH

COORDINATION OF THE NEEDS AND DEMANDS

  • VARIABLE DIMENSIONS (REGIONAL, NATIONAL, GLOBAL)

  • SEPARATED INTERESTS

  • GENERAL KNOWLEDGE BASE

  • CUSTOMISED SPONSORSHIP

    RESULT:

    AN OPEN MARKET FOR SCIENCE AND EXPERTISE


Second observation agricultural knowledge system will henceforth be defined by the users
SECOND OBSERVATION:“AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM” WILL HENCEFORTH BE DEFINED BY THE USERS.

RESPONSES AND CHALLENGES FOR:

  • POLICY

  • INDUSTRY

  • CIVIL SOCIETY

  • SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY


Responses and challenges of policy
RESPONSES AND CHALLENGES OF POLICY

  • CUSTOMISED SPONSORING IS ALREADY THERE

  • MULTILATERAL COOPERATION AND COORDINATION (NEW SCAR; PREFARN GROUP)

  • APPRAISEL OF SPECIFIC AND COMMON INTERESTS

  • PROTECTION AND COMPETITION

  • INITIATIVE TAKEN BY POLICY MAKERS


Responses and challenges of industry
RESPONSES AND CHALLENGES OF INDUSTRY

  • SOME PRODUCT CHAINS ARE TAKING INITIATIVES (EUROCROP)

  • SOME SECTORS ARE TAKING INITIATIVES (ISHS-EUROPE; PLANT BREEDERS)

  • BIG COMPANIES GO ‘IN HOUSE’, LEAVE EUROPE OR APPLY CUSTOMISED SPONSORING

  • SMO’S IN AGRI-FOOD-ENVIRONMENT ARE TOO DIVERSE AND TOO POOR

  • FARMING INDUSTRY IS WELL ORGANISED BUT HAS NO SCIENCE POLICY

  • FARMERS AND SMO’S ARE LOOSING ACCES


Responses and challenges of civil society
RESPONSES AND CHALLENGES OF CIVIL SOCIETY

  • TOO POOR TO ‘BUY’ ACCES TO THE KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM

  • TOO SHATTERED TO TURN PUBLIC AWARENESS IN SUBSTANTIAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE POLITICAL POWER

  • APPRAISAL OF CONSUMERS’ ATTITUDE AND CIVILIANS’ CONCERNS


Responses and challenges of scientific community
RESPONSES AND CHALLENGES OF SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

  • SOME INSTITUTES APPLY SURVIVAL STRATEGIES

  • INSTITUTES ARE BEING REINTEGRATED IN THE UNIVERSITIES

  • ATTUNE TO AND ANTICIPATE TO DEMAND

  • HELP THE CLIENTELE TO GET ORGANISED

  • ESCAPE THE PRISON OF CUSTOMISED SPONSORSHIP


Unanswered concern
UNANSWERED CONCERN

  • WHAT ABOUT COHERENCE?


PROPOSAL:THE EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM IS THE ‘ENSEMBLE’ OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS, ORGANISATIONS, COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS THAT CHOOSE TO MANIFEST THEMSELVES AT A:

EUROPEAN PLATFORM OF POLICY, INDUSTRY, CIVIL SOCIETY AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

IN THE FIELDS OF NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, FOOD PRODUCTION, NUTRITION AND RURAL SOCIETY

ENABLING THE EXCHANGE OF VIEWS, THE CONCERTATION OF STRATEGIES AND THE PROMOTION OF COMMON INTERESTS.


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