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Knowledge Networks in Organic Fruit Production across Europe: A Survey Study

Malusà, Eligio and Furmanczyk, Eva and Tartanus, Małgorzata and Brouwer, Gerjan and Parveaud, Claude-Eric and Warlop, François and Kelderer, Markus and Kienzle, Jutta and Alcazar Marin, Evelyne and Dekker, Teun and Vavra, Radek and Verrastro, Vincenzo and Pedersen, Hanne Lindhard and Boutry, Clemence and Friedli, Michael and Schlueter, Marco (2022). Knowledge Networks in Organic Fruit Production across Europe: A Survey Study. Sustainability. 14 :5 , 2960
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Abstract

Limited data regarding the resources and methods used by organic fruit growers to learn about production practices are available, even though this information is crucial to improving the efficacy of knowledge transfer. Therefore, a survey to gain information from knowledge networks dealing with organic fruit production about their structural organisation, tasks and methods of communication was carried out in twenty-one countries from Europe and the Mediterranean basin. A total of 56 networks representing about 42,500 professionals were identified as a result of the survey. The vast majority of them were only active at the regional or national level and were composed of farmers, advisors and researchers. About 3/4 of the networks were developing improved strategies for agronomic practices and about half of them were also involved in different knowledge-transfer activities between their members. Personal contact was the most used method to exchange and disseminate information within the networks as well as to elaborate improved strategies. The findings were analysed in view of the methods and practices commonly used to share both explicit (scientific) and implicit (practical) knowledge among practitioners. It was concluded that knowledge networks play an important role in the development of more resilient organic cropping systems, frequently making organic fruit growers the drivers of innovation. Networking for knowledge exchange was considered a process that encourages the active involvement of farmers in experimentation and innovation applying a method of knowledge sharing that is rooted in the very foundation of organic philosophy. Some recommendations and future research were suggested to further foster the development and functioning of networks for knowledge exchange.

Authors/Creators:Malusà, Eligio and Furmanczyk, Eva and Tartanus, Małgorzata and Brouwer, Gerjan and Parveaud, Claude-Eric and Warlop, François and Kelderer, Markus and Kienzle, Jutta and Alcazar Marin, Evelyne and Dekker, Teun and Vavra, Radek and Verrastro, Vincenzo and Pedersen, Hanne Lindhard and Boutry, Clemence and Friedli, Michael and Schlueter, Marco
Title:Knowledge Networks in Organic Fruit Production across Europe: A Survey Study
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:14
Number:5
Article number:2960
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:pome fruits, stone fruits, citrus, informal knowledge
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116944
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116944
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DOI10.3390/su14052960
Web of Science (WoS)000773694800001
ID Code:27753
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Protection Biology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:11 May 2022 14:25
Metadata Last Modified:13 May 2022 22:39

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