born of the YEN and open to all
Together, farmers and their supporters have enormous knowledge, wisdom, and power.
Farm-PEP seeks to harness that power for the good of everyone.
Covid19 has necessitated a rapid shift to digital communications by all individuals and organisations in agriculture. Platforms already being used by some (e.g. Teams, Zoom) are now used routinely by many, whilst new digital solutions and technologies continue to emerge. This has opened a huge new prospect of open and accessible communication, conversation, networking, and engagement which could transform rates of progress in agriculture
With support from Innovate UK (under Covid19 response funding) the Farm-PEP project began in January 2021 and runs to February 2022. So far:
- ADAS and the University of Gloucester’s Countryside & Community Research Institute (CCRI) have led a rapid appraisal of the impact of Covid19 on knowledge exchange in agriculture, using workshops, surveys, and interviews across the industry – now available here.
- ADAS and project partners Agri-techE, Innovative Farmers, The Farming Forum, and Open Coop are co-designing a new digital solution called Farm-PEP.
The new Farm-PEP platform aims to connect people and projects, integrate tools and initiatives, and provide an online community space for knowledge sharing. It will be open to all to share & discuss activities, ideas, and findings, to develop collaborations, coordinate testing on-farm, and distill robust messages. Farm-PEP aims not just to provide information but to make a step-change in digital communication that enables the collective building of capacity and knowledge in farming.
If you would like to get involved in co-creating Farm-PEP or would like to be kept informed of progress, please contact Daniel.Kindred@adas.co.uk.