Project details

Prepared for change – Peer-to-peer learning among farms

In the context of structural change in agriculture, diversification is becoming increasingly important for farms. The demands placed on farmers to deal with such and other farm changes make learning processes in which the necessary skills are acquired essential.

Against this background, the aim of the project coordinated and carried out by IfLS was to contribute to a better understanding of the role of peer-to-peer learning. The focus was on the exchange of experience among farmers. It was assumed that, especially in times of change, the exchange of experience with colleagues who are role models for the dissemination of innovations is regarded as valuable. The aim was to gain insights into how such learning processes function and what role the respective structure of farms and socio-demographic data of the participants play in this.

A further objective was to derive success factors for learning processes among farmers from the results of the study and to formulate recommendations for action with regard to the provision of specialist information and formats for imparting skills.

To this end, guideline-based interviews were conducted in the Schwäbisch Hall and Hohenlohekreis districts of Baden-Württemberg with managers of family-run farms and experts from agricultural authorities and the education sector.

Project no.: 



Research | Knowledge and innovation |


Rentenbank (development agency for agribusiness and rural areas)

Executing Organization: 

Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS)


2017 - 2018

Contact person/s at IfLS: 

Simone Sterly, Sarah Peter