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Research Call

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Lead(Collaborating)Institution

DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2011 11 S 151 Teagasc (NUIG, UCC) € 198,816

Project Title:

Joint Ventures to Enhance the Demographic Profile and Socio-Economic Sustainability of Irish Farming

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Áine Macken-Walsh

Project Abstract

It is recognised that a diverse farming population is critical to an innovative agri-food sector. Joint farming ventures such as farm partnerships, share milking and producer groups/farm clusters, are organisational innovations capable of enhancing population diversity and achieving a broader strategic public good in improving economic and social gains to farmers. This proposal consists of three integrated research strands with diverse disciplinary inputs: First, a review of international and national literature and secondary data will identify the benefits gained from enhancing the diversity of the farming population in terms of age, gender and skill vis-à-vis the achievement of key policy goals as set out in Food Harvest 2020. International state of the art, in how a range of joint farming models are structured and operate, the benefits they have given rise to, and how they have been strategically promoted by policy and novel extension approaches, will be examined. Second, existing secondary data and a dedicated survey tool will be used to identify numbers and profiles of those participating in joint ventures in Ireland and the factors influencing farmers’ willingness to establish joint ventures. A spatially focused tool will be designed to map areas where the potential lies for joint farming ventures to be stimulated. Third, a qualitative Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology will inform the development of a flexible extension template for the promotion and development of joint farming ventures. The template will provide guidance to practitioners using group-based extension methods in promoting the key benefits of joint ventures and in addressing the key challenges to success.

Final Report:

11 S 151 Final Report (pdf 1,011Kb)