The case study focuses on the integrated pest management (IPM) innovation to control olive pests in the Italian municipality of Canino. The demand-driven innovation and multi-stakeholder research project initiated in 1979 resulted in large-scale adoption and dissemination of IPM and scaling up of the model in other Italian olive groves. The project yielded positive impacts, benefiting and contributing to improved livelihoods of olive growers in Canino. Environmental (reduction of pesticide use), economic (increased incomes) and social (organisational and collective action) impacts were reported, though little empirical evidence exists to document and evaluate these impacts. We trace back the innovation pathway, describe the key influencing factors and draw general conclusions for research and innovation in EU agriculture.
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