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Encouraging collaborative and co-operative initiatives between farmers and rural businesses (CTE0215) - RE0115

Description
The aim of the research project is to assess the potential for collaborative initiatives between farmers and rural businesses to form the basis for proposals to the English Rural Development Programme, and in this context, to recommend how this potential may be stimulayed and realised.

This is relevant to DEFRA within the context of the recently published Policy Report on the Future of Farming and Food, which recommended increased collaboration between farmers as an effective strategy to improve their competitive position. The proposed establishment of an English Collaborative Board, one of the initiatives to emerge from the Policy Report, would be informed by the results of the research. The research will also inform DEFRA on the reasons for the low take up of ERDP project-based support by collaborative groups, and propose how additional demand may be stimulated.

The results of the project will inform DEFRA directly and farmers and agricultural support organisations indirectly who are in a position to enable collaborative initiatives from the sector. The Plunkett Foundation, as one of the project partners, will utlise the research to inform its own support services to farmer collaboration.
Objective
The aim of the research project is to assess the potential for collaborative initiatives between farmers and rural businesses to form the basis for proposals for to the English Rural Development Programme and, in this context, to recommend how this potential may be stimulated and realised. The main emphasis of the research will be to stimulate strategic initiatives which have the potential to impact on the competitive structure of the sector.

Specific objectives of the research project are as follows:

1 To review successful and unsuccessful applications to the English Rural Development Programme from collaborative farmer initiatives to identify the success factors of successful applications and common reasons for the rejection of unsuccessful applications.

2 To survey awareness of the English Rural Development Programme amongst existing farmer-controlled businesses to assess the level of interest in the preparation of project proposals.

3 To prepare a typology of project activity areas for applications from farmer collaborative initiatives, with a specific emphasis on initiatives which can have a strategic impact on their sub-sector.

4 To conduct a series of dissemination and communication initiatives which will draw the attention of decision makers and influencers in the sector to the strategic opportunities provided by ERDP support for well-developed collaborative farmer initiatives.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Final Report   (146k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2003

Cost: £38,100
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Plunkett Foundation, The
Keywords
Food Chain              
Marketing              
Rural Development              
Fields of Study
Rural Affairs