Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation: Digital tools for a Scalable Transformative Pathway

13-15 October 2021

Can we innovate differently in agriculture, by bringing together practitioners and researchers?

Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation (OFE) is gaining interest worldwide as a practical mechanism to bridge formal and informal knowledge by embedding research into real-world farm management. A particularly promising avenue for OFE is the use of digital technologies to document and support agroecological transition while paving the way for transformational change in agricultural research and innovation.

Conference objectives

This conference will provide practitioners and theoreticians with the opportunity to:

  • Share their global experience of OFE as an innovation pathway
  • Contribute their insights to explain OFE processes and develop the OFE sciences
  • Suggest recommendations and contribute to guidelines to support OFE implementation and institutionalisation

The #OFE2021 conference outputs will include a guideline report bringing together the lessons learned and the implications for policy linkages, a book of proceedings and a special issue in an international journal.

Conference Programme here

In addition to a full program of plenary and invited speakers on all aspects of OFE, 85 accepted abstracts for e-presentations have been accepted addressing OFE lessons learnt as well as research results across the four themes of the conference:

  • Value creation
  • People and processes
  • Data analytics
  • Policy linkages

Special Issue

The #OFE2021 Conference will be associated with the international scientific journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development (ASD). Three conference papers selected by the Scientific Committee for “Best Conference Paper Awards” will receive financial support to publish in open access into this Conference Special Issue on “Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation (OFE) and Digital Tools for a Scalable Transformative Pathway”.

More information about the conference:

Myrtille Lacoste , Adjunct Research Fellow in Agricultural Systems, Curtin University & MAK’IT Fellow (JRU ‘INNOVATION’/’ITAP’/’MRM’) is part of the Organising and Scientific Committees, Keynote Speaker and Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Conference.