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While DISCUSS is predominantly meant to be a learning instrument for farmers, the phase between design table and practical use is mainly characterized by intensive learning on the researchers’ side, as insight needs to be gained in its operational mechanisms and conditions. First, farmers’ ability and willingness to fill out the extensive inquiry is examined in a test set up and in respondent interviews. Second, variation within actual farm data is calculated for all the parts of DISCUSS. Variation needs to be sufficiently large to make discussion worthwhile. Third, insight is needed into the correlations and trade-offs between the POCER risk indicators, between the inquiry themes and between POCER and the inquiry. A last matter of concern is the way results are reported. While scientifically correct, results need to appeal to farmers and incite them to participate in sustainability assessment, to reflect about their crop protection management, discuss it with their peers, and ultimately to take actions to improve sustainability.
Insights gained while testing DISCUSS on Flemish fruit farms will be presented.
|Tijdschrift||Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences|
|Status||Gepubliceerd - 2013|
|Evenement||65th International Symposium on Crop Protection (2013) - Gent, België|
Duur: 21-mei-2013 → 21-mei-2013
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