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Utilising the Assured Produce Scheme for Technology Transfer Activities - HH3816NX

The purpose of this project is to enhance the facilities available to Assured Produce (AP) members by improving the AP website and management of the AP documentation such that there is considerable improvement in technology and knowledge transfer. The delivery of the information will be on a ‘pull down’ basis (i.e. on request of the grower) and include access to a large, external e-library of documents relevant to the land-use industries. Access to this library will save growers time, money and so increase the uptake of timely and appropriate best practice information.

Encouraging the use of knowledge and making it easily available to farmers is a key goal of Defra, other agricultural regulators and information providers. Obvious ways to share knowledge are through teaching, publishing, workshops, seminars and conferences but these are not always as successful as would be liked and reaching large numbers of individuals is not always possible. Consequently, innovative ways of delivering and offering information is constantly needed. By combining knowledge transfer with other activities, such as the produce assurance schemes, growers would be offered the information at a time when they are most in need of it and most susceptible to it. Thus, maximising uptake and the value of the knowledge to both the grower and the broader community.

This project will also convert the AP crop specific & generic protocols into an on-line self-assessment audit which will allow users to compare their current practices with AP required standards. This will allow them to better prepare for the visit by external assessors or assess their ability to meet AP standards before committing to the Scheme.
1. To improve the presentation and accessibility of the AP protocols to growers
2. To allow for rapid updating of standards and maintenance by protocol authors
3. Provide AP members with access to external data sources through ADLib and additionally a separate library for HDC documents with restricted access to levy payers only
4. Design and develop a web-based, self-assessment audit based on the AP Scheme.

Objectives 1, 2 and 3 are independent of each other whilst objective 4 depends on the successful completion of objectives 1 and 3.

None anticipated subject to HDC/BPC steering boards approval for copyright release of technical information.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2008

Cost: £83,254
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Hertfordshire
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Technology Transfer              
Fields of Study