Overwhelming praise to farming advice

MDI has been evaluating the Farming advice support system as a part of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in Mainland Finland 2014–2020 by the order of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. During January 2017, a broad online survey was conducted to 40 000 farmers, of which 5 300 gave responses to advice support system and also about their future development needs. Good piece of advice is truly highly valued: appr.  85–90 percent of all farmers who have used advice support state that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the advice service and its quality. From this point of view, the farming advice support – launched as a new activity for the current programming period – has indeed met the needs of farmers.

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How satisfied were you with the advice service? (n=1170)

During the first two years of the programme, a total of 16 900 advice events have been carried out in nearly 10 500 farms in total. The first report of the evaluation will be finalised in March 2017.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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