Main authors: Jane Brandt, Giovanni Quaranta, Rosanna Salvia, Gottlieb Basch, Fernando Teixeira, Marie Wesselink, Julie Lemesle, Antonio Ferreira, Adelcia Viego, Jorge Mataix Solera, Fuensanta Garcia, Costas Kosmas, Orestis Kairis, Chrysa Aratzioglou, Matjaž Glavan, Zoltán Tóth, Olga Vizitiu, Irina Calciu, Jerzy Lipiec, Magdalena Frąc, Boguslaw Usowicz, Endla Reitam, Minggang Xu, Haimei Fu, Hongzhu Fan.
iSQAPERiS Editor: Jane Brandt
Source document: Brandt, J. et al. (2020) Demonstration of recommended agricultural management practices and SQAPP in the iSQAPER study sites. iSQAPER Project Deliverable 6.4 (additional) 71 pp


Contents table
1. Invitations  
2. Participants
3. AMP and SQAPP demonstrations

1. Invitations

Most of the events were held as stand-alone iSQAPER events but the De Peel study site the event was combined with another on organic farming and the Ljubljana event was held in conjunction with a related EU project. Invitations were sent (mostly by email but also by post and telephone) to: universities, research institutes, farmers organisations, responsible ministries, farmers and other stakeholders who have previously been involved in iSQAPER workshops. The demonstration events were also publicised through farmer networks, regional and national online media, institutional websites and social media platforms (Figure 3).

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Figure 3

2. Participants

A total of 483 people participated in 11 events including representatives from all the target groups of stakeholders (farmers, advisors, suppliers, researchers, students, policy makers and administrators) (Figure 4). The Qiyang and Gongzhuling sites held a joint event and no event was held in Zhifanggou Watershed.

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Figure 4a
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Figure 4b

Table 1: Dates of events, number and types of participants in each study site

Study site Date of event  No. of participants Type of participants (Responses participant feedback Question 1) 
01 De Peel, NL 4 July 2019 150 Mostly farmers, but also advisors and people who work for seeding/ fertilisation/ machinery companies
03 Certima, PT 29 October 2019 32 Regional agricultural and local authorities, technicians, enterprises, farmers, researchers, students, associations
04 SE Spain 20 September 2019 25 Researchers, farmers, administrators
05 Crete, GR 4 July 2019 18 Agronomists, researchers, students, farmer agronomist, scientific advisors
06 Ljubljana, SI 18 September 2019 44 Farmers, agricultural extension service, NGO, ministry, research, municipality, students
07 Zala, HU 6 June 2019 46 Farmers, Chamber of Agriculture staff, agriculture and environmental affairs staff
08 Braila, RO 30 September 2019 11 Farmers, land manager, advisor, researchers, students
09 Trzebieszów, PL 25 October 2019 28 Farmer, agricultural companies, student farmers, researchers
10 Tartumaa, EE 13 September 2019 72 Researchers, students, farmers, vocational training, research institute, media, agricultural supplier
11/14 Qiyang/Gongzhuling, CN 7-8 September 2019 33 Researchers, agro-extension technicians, farmers
12 Suining, CN 30 September 2019 24 Researchers, students, agro-technicians and farmers

3. AMP and SQAPP demonstrations

The identification of which AMPs to demonstrate in which study site was the result of a long process of discussion sharing experiences from local long term experiments, field trials of 2-3 AMPs in each study site, discussions with local farmers and stakeholders about reasonable implementation.

Table 2: AMPs demonstrated in each study site

Study site AMP/s demonstrated SQAPP demonstration 
01 De Peel, NL Non-inversion tillage (not demonstrated)
03 Certima, PT Incorporation of composted sewage sludge Series of SQAPP tests made to show all information available on the app and to understand the feedback of potential users regarding soil quality.
04 SE Spain Minimum tillage with permanent soil cover Presentation about SQAPP demonstration and on mobile.
05 Crete, GR No till or minimum till; Extensive sustainable grazing Presentation about SQAPP followed by guided download and use and discussion of results.
06 Ljubljana, SI Organic farming/broad crop rotation/organic farming Presented in a lecture room, then later in the field
07 Zala, HU Application of farmyard manure (not demonstrated)
08 Braila, RO Water management in arable lands Presentation followed by individual use and discussion of results.
09 Trzebieszów, PL Application of spent mushroom substrate Field demonstration using mobile phones
10 Tartumaa, EE No-tillage Participants downloaded the app in advance. Step- by step instructions on how to use the app and its functions.
11/14 Qiyang/Gongzhuling, CN Crop rotation and straw return; Green manure Presentation in lecture room with instructions for downloading and using SQAPP.
12 Suining, CN Straw mulching and no tillage How to use SQAPP, organic fertilizer application, training event

Full details of the management practice, the soil threat it is designed to address, evidence of its effectiveness from field trials, the location in which it is implemented, its costs, establishment/maintenance activities and inputs and where conditions under which it can be used were given in handouts (Figure 5).

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Figure 4

For the full collection of leaflets from all study sites see »Good practice leaflets.


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