Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation and Innovation Uptake through Demonstration

Start date: 1 January 2018

End date: 31 December 2022


In a nutshell:

NEFERTITI is a unique 7 M€ Network (selected under Horizon 2020, Societal Challenge 2, RUR 12-2017 call) comprising 32 partners and coordinated by ACTA, the head of Network of the French Agricultural Technical Institutes. The project establishes 10 interactive thematic networks and brings together 45 regional clusters (hubs) of demo-farmers and actors involved (advisors, NGOs, industry, education, researchers and policymakers) in 17 countries. NEFERTITI focuses on creating added value from the exchange of knowledge, actors, farmers and technical content between networks in order to boost innovation uptake and to improve peer to peer learning and network connectivity between farming actors across Europe. The project addresses 10 themes that have been chosen based on key concerns of the farming communities. Together they cover a balanced range of topics in the three main agricultural sectors: animal production, arable farming, and horticultural production.

Project objectives:

NEFERTITI’s main objective is to promote the role of demonstration in farms all around Europe. To achieve this goal, NEFERTITI has set several objectives:

  • Developing Dynamic Action Plans by identifying the needs of demonstration actors and networks;
  • Supporting cycles of demo-activities and peer-to-peer learning in the regional hubs that will be established involving all relevant AKIS actors;
  • Establishing a web-based platform including knowledge reservoirs related to demo-activities; accessible HERE including FarmDemo training kit;
  • Establishing and sustaining interactive thematic networks at regional, national and EU levels to boost knowledge exchanges and cross-fertilization;
  • Fostering the learning process of all actors involved in demo-activities;
  • Improving the policy dialogue;
  • Promoting effective use of demo-and network activities.


Among the participants, coordinated by ACTA, the head of Network of the French Agricultural Technical Institutes, 32 partners coming from 17 European countries and representing farmers, advisors, and actors working in the field, including INRA Transfert, IFOAM-EU, The James Hutton Institute, Tuscany Region, TEAGASC – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Stichting Wageningen Research, the Instituto Navarro de Tecnologias e Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias, the Flanders research institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (EVILVO), and three Institutes from the ACTA network (ARVALIS, IDELE, and IFV).

CEMA role & contributions:

CEMA will play a central role since the beginning of the project, acting as liaison with the agricultural machinery industry representatives. The engagement and insights of the industry will be extremely valuable to:

  • Select and fine-tuning best practices to improve peer-to-peer learning, feeding NEFERTITI reflection on best practices with the experience of demonstrations carried out by the manufacturers;
  • Connecting and networking demo-farmers with innovative manufacturers and actors from the agriculture machinery industries;
  • Participating in the establishment of policy recommendations on demo-best practices;
  • Disseminating and spreading the project results and activities of interest for CEMA members, thus improving the uptake of project results and innovative practices.

Furthermore, CEMA aims at contributing to NEFERTITI by involving its network for showing and sharing which demonstration activities and practices are the most effective to showcase adapted technologies to farmers that can meet their needs and expectations.


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EU flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 772705