The Innovation Route of the Walloon rural development network

An educational peer-to-peer programme for farmers that are engaged into innovative practices, facilitated through participative techniques and scientific expertise.

Project summary: 

The Innovation Route proposed by the Walloon rural development network is a 6 days’ programme over a period of 18 months, meeting with farmers that engaged into innovative practice aiming at self-sufficiency at local level. This education journey is facilitated through participative techniques and scientific expertise, leading to a concluding European seminar on Innovation in Agriculture in 2018.

Extensive media coverage of each of the six day-trips offers robust evidence on the triggering factors leading to change and innovation at farm level.

Project results: 

50 participants attend on average each event, while an increasing number of farmers is contributing to the exchanges.

The general feedback received shows that technical exchanges with other farmers in an open and friendly environment add value to their professional development.