What is OFE?

OFE Process
How can we produce knowledge better in agriculture?​

How can we make the most of the specific knowledge of farmers, scientists and other actors of food systems?

How can we ensure efforts are relevant locally, and progress positive change globally as well?

OFE co-innovation
“Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation” or “OFE” is defined as an innovation process that brings agricultural stakeholders together around mutually beneficial experimentation to support farmers’ own management decisions.

OFE is a generic term encompassing the many approaches aiming at accelerating learning by braiding different types of knowledge, at the intersection of agricultural, social and digital sciences.

Typically, OFE is conducted at the scales that matter to farmers, in their own fields, under their own management, as part of a continuous process of improvement.
OFE example Kenya
OFE example USA

Experimentation has always being part of farmers’ practices as a means to adapt, and of agricultural sciences as a means to systematically investigate questions.

To build fit-for-purpose food systems, these different types of knowledge must build on each other to a much greater extent than is currently the case across the world.

Farmer-centric OFE thus continues a long history of participatory and collective action to progress food systems. As agricultural and scientific conditions continuously change and evolve, OFE re-emerges as a choice instrument to address challenges by connecting local and global knowledge.

OFE at the intersection

This renewal include the recognition of 6 guiding principles:

Real systems
OFE example Australia
OFE example
OFE example Australia

To go further


Press release: “A new generation of on-farm experimental activities, co-created with farmers, is opening up alternative innovation pathways in agriculture”

OFE NatFood

Nature Food: “On-Farm Experimentation to transform global agriculture” by an international team of researchers from 9 countries: fundamental principles of OFE

Book of Proceedings OFE 2021

Book of Proceedings: “#OFE2021, the 1st International Conference on Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation”