Hosting events on French demo farms to foster knowledge sharing from farmer to farmer, to accelerate the transition to regenerative agricultural practices.
A contribution from Danone Ecosystem Fund
Why does it matter?
Sharing experiences, trial details and results and learning from other farmers is key for encouraging farmers to adopt and implement regenerative agricultural practices. Without awareness and understanding, farmers may be reluctant to change their farming practices. Open days provide an opportunity for pioneer farmers to share their work and experiences, engage their peers and other actors, in the value chain.
How did we solve this?
Once a year, pioneer French farmers organise an open day on their farms. This allows them to share their experiences and display their trials and results, regarding improving feed efficiency, soil and herd health to other farmers and stakeholders. The results from the open days are encouraging: 200 people attended each open day and 90% of farmers who attended implemented at least one of the best practices shared.
Opportunities for other farms?
Creating demo farms and hosting open days is possible in all farming systems & geographies. Farmers and local project teams can replicate and scale the settings according to the time and investment they want to put in.
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