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Discussion documents – SUSVAR Visions Workshop, Karrebæksminde, Denmark, April 2008

Østergård, Hanne (2008) Discussion documents – SUSVAR Visions Workshop, Karrebæksminde, Denmark, April 2008. Working paper. [Unpublished]

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Seven discussion documents were made during the SUSVAR Visions workshop ‘Sustainable cereal production beyond 2020: Visions from the SUSVAR1 network’, Karrebæksminde, Denmark, 14-16 April 2008. At the workshop, one discussion documents was written for each of the topics mentioned below. In total 55 persons from 21 European countries participated in the process. The participants came from different disciplines: genetics, plant breeding, genetic resources, agronomy, plant pathology, soil science, biometry and system analysis, all specialised in the area of cereal production.
The approach taken at the workshop was to focus on envisioning the future of sustainable agriculture, especially cereal production. This was done by scientific creative thinking on the basis of possibilities in breeding, management and seed production and not on the basis of traditional problem solving. We followed a strategy commonly used in industrial management based on the premise “imagining the future is shaping the future”. The method “appreciative inquiry” was applied supported by a professional facilitator. Experience shows that this way of working sparks engagement and creativity and that progress and results can be reached within a short time. Focus was on the following topics of relevance to cereal production:
- Competition between food and bioenergy,
- Soil fertility management,
- Economical and legal conditions for variety improvement,
- Participation of stakeholders,
- Plant breeding strategies,
- Food and feed processing improvements,
- Sustainable land use.
The initial process was to visualise the most desirable future scenario for the seven essential topics in food and agriculture systems. This process was unhindered by no requirement for a market-driven goal. Each topic was discussed in relation to a broader socio-ecological system with a focus on the means to reach the desired and more sustainable outcomes. The next step at the workshop was to produce the discussion documents.
The final stage of the process is to connect the topics in a completed vision of cereal production within a future sustainable socio-ecological system. This is in progress by a group of key persons within the network, e.g. the working group leaders (in preparation for publication in a scientific journal).

EPrint Type:Working paper
Keywords:cereals, plant breeding, seed production,soil fertility, land use
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Research affiliation: Denmark > DTU - Technical University of Denmark > DTU, RISØ - Risø National Laboratory
Related Links:http://www.cost860.dk
Deposited By: Østergård, Professor Hanne
ID Code:14956
Deposited On:14 Nov 2008
Last Modified:07 Sep 2012 11:13
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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