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Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming - OF0350

Description
Defra is seeking expert scientific support for the R&D sub-committee of the Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS). The main objective is to facilitate the ACOS R&D sub-committee in its function of providing advice to Defra on priorities for research needed to inform relevant UK policy making and the development of the organic sector in line with the organic action plans for England, Wales and Scotland and Organic Farming in Northern Ireland: A development Strategy. The project will seek to identify and analyse issues and aspirations that stakeholders feel should be addressed by publicly funded organic farming research in the UK. The objective of the work is to inform the ACOS R&D sub-committee in its work on identifying research priorities for the UK organic farming and food sector through the identification and analysis of the issues and aspirations that stakeholders feel should be addressed by publicly funded research into organic farming in the UK. This will be undertaken within five sub-objectives.

1. Create a collated directory of existing organic research priorities currently held by Defra from such organisations as other government funders, certification bodies, regional producer groups, levy bodies and research providers. This will be carried out in conjunction with Defra officials.
2. Create a directory of existing current and completed research in the UK particularly in relation to the priorities identified in objective 1.
3. To consult organic stakeholders (through a series of regional workshops and a web based approach) to identify the issues and aspirations they feel should be addressed by publicly funded research into organic farming in the UK.
4. Facilitate exchange of information on the project to the ACOS R&D sub-committee.
5. Provide a full final project report that is sufficiently detailed to provide an audit trail of the report’s projects findings and output.

The project will be publicised on all partners web sites and we will encourage key stakeholders in the organic sector to do the same. The project’s workshops will be publicised in the trade press and through mail outs. The output of the workshops will be published on www.efrc.com after the completion of the final workshop. A report of key findings will be produced and presented at a final national conference/workshop and be presented to ACOS/Defra.

ACOS/Defra will use the results in informing their organic farming research priorities. Information will also be made available to funders in the devolved regions to inform future decision making.
Objective
To inform the ACOS R&D sub-committee in its work on identifying research priorities for the UK organic farming and food sector through the identification and analysis of the issues and aspirations that stakeholders feel should be addressed by publicly funded research into organic farming in the UK.

1. Create a collated directory of existing organic research priorities currently held by Defra from such organisations as other government funders, certification bodies, regional producer groups, levy bodies and research providers. This will be carried out in conjunction with Defra officials.

2. Create a directory of existing current and completed research in the UK particularly in relation to the priorities identified in objective 1.

3. To consult organic stakeholders to identify the issues and aspirations they feel should be addressed by publicly funded research into organic farming in the UK.
a. Organise and facilitate up to fifteen regional public and stakeholder engagement workshops.
b. Collate and analyse the information from the workshops to identify the issues and aspirations that should be addressed by publicly funded research into organic farming in the UK. This will include the initial analysis of the information against criteria agreed with ACOS based around the various organic action plans and IFOAM principles.
c. Analyse and report of the consultation process.

4. Facilitate exchange of information on the project to the ACOS R&D sub-committee.

5. Provide a full final project report that is sufficiently detailed to provide an audit trail of the report’s projects findings and output.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming   (564k)
• Final Report - Annex : Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming   (916k)
• Final Report - Annex : Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming   (1388k)
• Final Report - Annex : Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming   (2400k)
• Final Report - Annex : Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming   (2900k)
• Final Report - Annex : Stakeholders issues and aspirations to inform future public funded research in organic farming   (905k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £67,410
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Greenmount Campus College of Agriculture, Elm Farm Research Centre, Organic Centre Wales, University - Scottish Agricultural College
Keywords
Animal Production              
Crops              
Farm Scale Evaluation              
Farming              
Organic Farming              
Vegetables              
Fields of Study
Organic Farming