RTD2Farm objectives

RTD2Farm responds to needs clearly felt in the European pig farming community, to raise quality and productivity level of pig production, while decreasing the overall costs, including the environmental impact and keeping in mind European current standards on pig welfare. One way to reach the goal in a sustainable way is to foster the transfer of research results into the farming practice.

Within its 24 months duration, the project will try to achieve the following objectives:

  • Development of an information tool for pig producers and multipliers.
  • Systematise information available about the top knowledge sources in Europe in pig production.
  • Starting from a sample of four countries (The Benelux region with Belgium, Austria and Italy), the project aims to reach between 1,500 and 3,000 producers, with potential to expand to more than 5,000 if other countries are involved in the course of the action.
  • Systematise information available about the top knowledge sources in Europe in pig production. 

This entails the production and public availability of a comprehensive directory of research and innovation actors, as well as relevant research initiatives in Europe. It is expected that this will include:

a. Between 50 and 80 relevant sources of knowledge

b. Between 10 and 25 case studies of innovation in pig farming

  • Step up interaction of different national programmes within a transnational cooperation approach. 

Very often, initiatives limited to actors within a region or a country end up hindering innovation processes, in a context where research results and innovation sources become more and more globalised. This applies of course to farming as well as to other scientific areas.

In this respect it is expected that pig producers associations or relevant policy makers at national level might conclude agreements to further continue cooperation after the end of the project, and promote co-operation betweeno different types of instruments, such as national or regional funds.

  • Spark R&D and technology transfer processes. 

An important part of activities will consist in bringing together farmers with the scientific community that is organising the matching between innovation needs and knowledge sources likely to respond to those. To do so, the project will:

• Organise a cycle of research brokerage workshops where farmers meet scientists

• Provide follow up to farmers-scientists contacts

• Design between 15 and 20 technology transfer processes

• Assist the launch of at least 8 technology transfer processes generated through projects activities (A special attention will be paid to benefit small and medium companies that have considerable needs in terms of productivity and access to innovation sources)

  • Formalise Knowledge and Technology Transfer processes and introduce a life-long learning qualification system for the pig industry,

starting from the project; such achievement should be brought to a European level and expanded through agreements with other academic institutions to other countries, with the idea to create a network of at least four-five centres in Europe, likely to deliver knowledge to the European farmers on research, innovation and technology transfer issues on a regular basis. This will also entail negotiations and agreements with national farmers associations and other stakeholders.