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Workshop on approaches for improved knowledge exchange and cooperation in Rhineland-Palatinate

On 11 October 2022 in Worms, around 70 participants from research, testing and extension discussed which approaches exist for optimising the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS).

After a keynote speech by Inge van Oost (European Commission) on the guiding ideas of a European networked AKIS, Dr Volker Wenghoefer (Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of Rhineland-Palatinate) presented the Rhineland-Palatinate approach, which, in addition to information and qualification measures, includes the promotion of demonstration networks, EIP-Agri and individual farm advisory services. In the coming funding period from January 2023, the measures are to be more closely interlinked.

The presentations were concluded by the presentation of the AKIS study [in german] by the IfLS, which involved 25 interviews with experts and a survey of over 1,000 farms to determine needs. The study is being conducted as part of the monitoring and Ongoing Evaluation of the Rural Development Program of Rhineland-Palatinate until 2024 (EULLE)

The results of the study formed the starting point for the guided group discussions, in which the thematic challenges of the sector, new ways of guidance and possibilities of networking were worked on together.

The event was the starting point for the process of further developing AKIS in cooperation with public, professional and private actors. A documentation of the event will be made available by the Ministry.

For those interested, the discussions could also be followed online. You can download the livestreams here [in german]:

    Part 1, morning (from 12:45 min):
    Part 2, afternoon (from 23:05 min):

Contact persons at the IfLS: Oliver Müller (mueller[at] and Jörg Schramek (schramek[at]