AgEnRes Methodology

  1. First, we will design the Project Framework, which will help us set the scope and create a roadmap for the project. This framework will include:

    1. A conceptual framework that will allow us to identify the best targets, information and resources needed to ensure the success of the project.
    2. A data framework full of information and solutions to better assess which are the best solutions for each particular case.
  2. Then, we will gather evidence of energy dependence and explore preferred solutions. To do this, we will: 

    1. Analyse energy dependence across different levels, to get insights on how to reduce it.
    2. Understand what sustainable technologies farmers prefer to adopt, so we can design solutions according to them.
    3. Create a financial toolkit that will help farmers reduce exposure to price risk.
  3. Building from the previous components, we will create the AgEnRes toolbox, a key resource that will be available and allow: 

    1. Understanding and improving dynamic agricultural modelling for stronger scenario analysis.
    2. More reliable models for impact assessments, easing data sharing and supporting policymaking.
    3. Integration of the toolbox for policy evaluation, resulting in validated models for informed decision-making

Integrating Social Sciences and Humanities

It’s crucial to understand how farmers make decisions amid complex agricultural challenges. That is why AgEnRes emphasizes the importance of social sciences and humanities, strengthening our methodology:
  1. 1
    Incorporating Behavioural Economics so we can better understand farmers' decision-making, enhancing our approach to agricultural challenges.
  2. 2
    Aligning policies with farmers’ preferences to develop interventions that fit their needs.
  3. 3
    Understanding the drivers and barriers farmers face in adopting novel technologies and financial risk management tools.