Modernisation of the Common Agricultural Policy depends in no small part on ongoing digitisation of the Agricultural sector. The Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) is the key instrument for CAP governance in each member state. Currently, implementations of IACS vary greatly between member states. New IACS Vision in Action (NIVA) delivers a suite of digital solutions, e-tools and good practices for e-governance and initiates an innovation ecosystem to support further development of IACS and to facilitate data and information flows. Through a series of use cases identified by administrative bodies from 9 member states the digital innovation of their systems and processes will be advanced. Furthermore, the resulting innovation ecosystem will facilitate data and information flows enabling further development of IACS. While a pan-European uniform IACS is beyond the scope of this project collaborative development efforts will emphasise standardisation and interoperability thereby enabling re use of tools with minimal modifications.
Wageningen University and Research is the Project Coordinator. The consortium comprises a number of other research insitutes, paying agencies, innovation enterprises, farmer ogranisations and an NGO. TSSG is playing key roles including in WP2 through the development of a mobile app that will enable farmers to take geotagged photos of land parcels in response to queries initiated by paying agnecies. TSSG will also be involved in WP4 (implementation platform) and WP1 (development of data management plan).
In the project an innovation ecosystem will be set up as an instrument to capture, maintain and continue to initiate innovations. The innovation ecosystem provides a means to fully absorb the multi-actor approach. The innovation ecosystem will be shaped around the defined use-cases, but also on European level, represented in WP5.
The New IACS Vision in Action (NIVA) adheres a multi-actor approach in a staged process, involving different types of users of the digital innovations developed and demonstrated in this project. The project uses farmers, farm advisors (or for declaration support also accountants) and other practitioners and using their tacit knowledge for developing solutions and creating “co-ownership” of results, together with several SMEs and other solution providers that bring in entrepreneurial skills and carry the results beyond the project.
The overall methodology offers a piloting in 3 rounds of demonstrations, in which the level of cross-border collaboration will increase to pan-European levels: this methodology can be sustained in future innovation initiatives. The use cases are worked out in individual Member States, which is responding to the differences between the MS on organisational and technological aspects.
For this call, the innovation ecosystem encompasses the needs of three different components:
1. Improvements to the IACS systems relevant for Payment Agencies and other relevant administrative bodies to simplify regulatory implementations and as such contribute to the reduction of burdens. The innovations proposed will also contribute to a robust IACS system that can cover the future demands of the new delivery system of the CAP;
2. Facilitating farmers to make their declarations as well as offer them tools to monitor and improve their environmental performance;
3. Closing the gap between current and future use of IACS data for environmental performance monitoring, by other societal stakeholders.
NIVA aims to modernise IACS by making efficient use of digital solutions and e-tools, by creating reliable methodologies and harmonised data sets for monitoring agricultural performance while reducing administrative burden for farmers, paying agencies and other stakeholders.
The above overall objective is underpinned by specific objectives listed below;
- Integrate and reuse IACS evolutions based on open standards and common services,
- Build on farmer’s acceptance of the Smart Monitoring methodology,
- Reduce the gap between current use and potential broader use of IACS data,
- Create a permanent exchange platform for discussion and exchange.
The project is in its early stages. Expected outcomes include;
- Increase the speed of innovation in IACS allowing it to faster respond to demands,
- Lower administrative burden for farmers and other actors in the IACS,
- Broader and deeper collaboration of actors in IACS and CAP in an innovation system,
Proven and accepted methods to establish CAPs and IACS contribution to broader societal goals
Website: https://www.niva4cap.euEuropean Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Grant Agreement 842009