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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Translating the multi-actor approach to research into practice using a workshop approach focusing on species mixtures

Hauggaard-Nielsen, Henrik; Lund, Soren; Aare, Ane K.; Watson, Christine A.; Bedoussac, Laurent; Aubertot, Jean-Noel; Chongtham, Iman R.; Bellostas, Natalia; Topp, Cairistiona F. E.; Hohmann, Pierre; Jensen, Erik S.; Stadel, Maureen; Pinel, Bertrand; Justes, Eric

Abstract

The EIP-Agri multiactor approach was exemplified during a 3-day workshop with 63 project participants from the EU H2020 funded project "Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures". The objective was to share firsthand experience of participatory research among researchers who were mostly not familiar with this approach. Workshop participants were divided into smaller multidisciplinary groups and given the opportunity to interact with representatives from eight actor positions in the value chain of the agrifood cooperative Terrena located in Western France. The four stages of the workshop were: (1) key actor interviews, (2) sharing proposed solutions for overcoming barriers, and (3) developing possible interdisciplinary concepts. Expressions of frustration were recorded serving both as a motivation for group members to become more aware of the scientific concerns and practices of their colleagues, as well as a recognition that some researchers have better skills integrating qualitative approaches than others. Nevertheless, the workshop format was an effective way to gain a common understanding of the pertinent issues that need to be addressed to meet overall multiactor-approach objectives. Working with the actor networks was identified and emphasized as a means to overcome existing barriers between academia and practice in order to coproduce a shared vision of the benefits of species mixture benefits. (C) The Author(s) 2021. Published by Higher Education Press.

Keywords

agroecology; codesign; intercropping; knowledge sharing; participatory methods

Published in

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering
2021, volume: 8, number: 3, pages: 460-473

Authors' information

Hauggaard-Nielsen, Henrik
Roskilde University
Lund, Soren
Roskilde University
Aare, Ane K.
Roskilde University
Watson, Christine A.
Scotland's Rural College
Bedoussac, Laurent
INRAE
Aubertot, Jean-Noel
INRAE
Chongtham, Iman Raj (Chongtham Iman, Raj)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biosystems and Technology
Bellostas, Natalia
Inst Navarro Tecnol and Infraestructuras Agroalimen
Topp, Cairistiona F. E.
SRUC
Hohmann, Pierre
Res Inst Organ Agr FiBL
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biosystems and Technology
Stadel, Maureen
TERRENA
Pinel, Bertrand
TERRENA
Justes, Eric
CIRAD

UKÄ Subject classification

Ecology
Agricultural Science

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FASE-2021416

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/119898