The main objective of the INVITE project is to encourage the introduction of new varieties better adapted to different biotic and abiotic conditions and more sustainable crop management practices. CREDA participates in the WP6 Enhanced Variety Test Networks and aims to propose organizational innovations to improve the management of various test networks and reference collections. Propose guidelines to policymakers to improve the harmonization of evidence at the EU level. CREDA leads the Impact Assessment Task of Enhanced Variety Testing Networks. This task will determine the economic impact of technically feasible improvements for variety testing networks and will be based on an annual crop and a perennial species tested in two countries. In addition to economic criteria, it will provide information on environmental impacts (resource efficiency and fungicide use) on alternative options. CREDA will assess the economic impact by simulating the consequences on farmers ’incomes of reducing the gap between registration and genotype adoption and giving a site-specific genotype recommendation. An assessment will also be made in monetary terms of the possible social and environmental impacts of these improvements. CREDA will evaluate the probability of adopting the improvements proposed by INVITE for variety testing. These assessments will be based on official statistics, historical data and surveys conducted during the project. Finally, this task will also assess the factors influencing the adoption of these technologies by farmers.

A private cost-benefit analysis will be applied that integrates the social cost-benefit analysis, by estimating the values ​​of non-commercial goods and services and the services that are produced jointly by the proposed innovation. The proportional discrete choice experiment will be used to analyze the social and environmental impact of the different scenarios. An analysis will be performed using the hierarchical analytical process to analyze the preferences of stakeholders involving their different goals in their decision-making process. The impact of these preferences will define the likelihood of adopting new management strategies. Finally, a Duration Analysis (DA) will analyze the determinants affecting stakeholder decision to adopt agricultural innovation.

This dynamic versus static methodological approach can analyze the decision-making and dissemination aspects of the adoption of agricultural innovation. Focus groups with the World Coffee technique will be used to explore farmers ’ reactions to proposed agricultural innovation and to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. An open farm-wide questionnaire will be designed to analyze their views, attitudes, and behaviours toward innovation. These tasks will begin in 2021.

Duration: July 2019 – June 2024

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