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Table 5 Major challenges and possible solutions in TN’s implementation phase

From: The multi-actor approach in thematic networks for agriculture and forestry innovation


Proposed solutions

Alignment of different actors towards the same goal

Take partners profiles (background and expertise) into account

Keep the focus on the specific TN challenges by having regular meetings and updates

Communicate transparently between consortium partners

Uptake of TN results into practice

Involve a facilitator, create a space of trust where actors can co-exist

Adopt a clear language easily understandable for users, avoid buzz words

Distribute videos and podcasts through social media to give visibility to TN stories and best practices

Translate dissemination materials in as many languages as possible

Participation of farmers, foresters and advisors

Use awards (e.g. Newbie gives yearly awards for farmers)

Provide the possibility reallocate budget to compensate the time of farmers/foresters and (private) advisors (subcontracting)

Contact farmers/foresters directly

Involve representative organizations or existing networks of farmers/foresters and OGs (e.g. EuroDairy experienced a good connection with farmers due to the involvement of 42 OGs)

Engage members in the Advisory Board who can facilitate contacts with farmers/foresters

Use of expertise from actors outside the EU

Engage international partners in the consortium and/or invite international experts to participatory workshops (e.g. FERTINNOWA and Sheepnet involved actors outside the EU in transnational workshops)

Improvement of the interaction between actors

Organise discussion groups or events where scientists and farmers can meet (e.g. OK net Ecofeed organised “Science Bazaars”)

Involve small peer groups and incentivise activities that stimulate peer-to-peer learning among farmers/foresters and advisors

Involvement of experienced facilitators

Provide training for improving the facilitator’s softs skills

Involve facilitators from the conceptualisation phase

Integration of TN results into practice

Create an open-access digital platform that houses the TNs outputs organised in a common easy language with defined concepts. The TNs INCREDIBLE, SKIN, and 4D4F created an interactive knowledge platform