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Weed control in Swiss organic vegetable farming

Quiédeville, Sylvain and Ejderyan, Olivier (2022) Weed control in Swiss organic vegetable farming. DESIRA Policy brief, no. February 2022. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick .

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The Swiss DESIRA Living Lab (LL) focuses on how digitalisation and the use of robots and other digital tools can support Swiss organic vegetable farming, with a particular focus on weed management. Weed control in organic vegetable farming encounter several challenges like the decreasing availability of manual workers. The future remains uncertain as to how weed control could be shaped by digitalisation.
To address this, the following scenario question was elaborated and discussed with stakeholders during workshops: How will weeds be managed in Swiss organic vegetable farming in the increasingly digitalised age of 2031?
As a result of two main scenarios developed with stakeholders, a positive and a negative one, five central policy options were elaborated: (1) Communicating about the advantages of digitalisation; (2) developing an environment that allows for more open innovation; (3) integrating digital specialists in teaching, consulting and agricultural journalism; (4) improving the economic conditions of digitalisation; and (5) encouraging a further diversification of rotations and agricultural activities.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:digital technology, policy innovation, social analysis, Abacus, FiBL3517403, DESIRA
Agrovoc keywords:
digital technology
policy innovation
social analysis
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Farming Systems > Buildings and machinery
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Digitalisation
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Special crops > Vegetables
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Crop protection > Weed control
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:818194
Related Links:https://www.fibl.org/en/themes/projectdatabase/projectitem/project/1663
Deposited By: Quiédeville, Dr. Sylvain
ID Code:44130
Deposited On:20 Jul 2022 09:17
Last Modified:20 Jul 2022 09:17
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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