SoCoPro, a non-profit organisation, is a support service organisation that represents 11 agricultural sectors (including crop and ovine sectors). It has three missions:
- Link farmers to public bodies to improve the agreement between public investments and farmers’ wishes (especially for public research and public advisory services).
- Link farmers to other value and supply chains stakeholders to improve agriculture revenues.
- Inform professionals and consumers on agricultural value chains.
SoCoPro supports the “Collège des Producteurs” which is composed of 44 farmers representatives (4 x 11 sectors) and 22 representatives of other value chain stakeholders (consumer, distribution, processing). Through its missions, it thus has strong relationships with farmers. By law, it is assigned to neutrally represent a large scope of farmers.
Role in the project
In the present case study, farmers are currently involved in different on-farm trials because they relayed their innovating practices with SoCoPro and because SoCoPro provides a connection between farmers and research.
Key persons involved
- Ir. Christel Daniaux
- Ir. Emmanuel Grosjean
- Ir. Hélène Louppe