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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2021-1-FR02-KA220-YOU-000029149
    Funder Contribution: 344,913 EUR

    << Background >>This project concept was born from a double observation. The first is the current challenges some young people in difficulties are facing: unemployment, educational failure, lack of reference, social and economic barriers jeopardizing their inclusion in the professional and educational worlds. The second observation related to the current environmental issue, and the need for sustainable agriculture to be a driver in the fight against climate change. To succeed in this transition, organic agriculture and agroecology need more human labour but few people turn to these professions.So, on one side there are young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and suffer a deep lack of reference and on the other side there are many job opportunities in the sustainable agricultural sector.This project aims to address the needs of NEET young people which entails to reconnect with a professional environment where they can learn and gain confidence in a safe place.This project also addresses the needs of rural areas that lack dynamism and are little valued altogether with the farmers’ needs to connect with young people to pass on their skills and knowledge and to make their agricultural enterprises more sustainable.But above all it considers the youth workers needs to have specific tools adapted to the needs of NEET young people in order to better support them. More precisely, tools to accompany them towards novel jobs in the field of sustainable and social farming and successfully increase their employability. All these needs will be addressed in a social agriculture Erasmus+ project: PROPAGRI.<< Objectives >>The overall objective of this project is to strengthen employability of NEET young people into the agricultural world through the development of an innovating training targeting youth workers and trainers. This will be reached through the following specific objectives:-Provide tools to youth workers to increase the awareness of NEET young people about the opportunities offered by sustainable agricultural professions.-Develop an innovative training which provides young people with basic skills and knowledge in organic and/or environmental-friendly farming techniques tackling climate change.-Increase the attractiveness of the farming sector and ensure sufficient working capacities for sustainable farming development in Europe.-Increase the interest and ability of farmers to welcome and teach NEET young people sustainable farming techniques and knowledge.<< Implementation >>The activities of the project are structured around the production of the 4 project results:PR1- The first project result consists in developing material for the theoretical part of the training. The activities will be to specify and produce the pedagogical framework and the theoretical content and then to experiment the courses in France, Italy and Germany with a group of 15 NEET people per country.PR2- The second set of activities aims at creating an online matching platform in order to promote the meeting between NEET young people and farmers based on matching criteria.PR3- The following activities consists in the development and implementation of guideline to support youth workers in the setting up of small internships to allows young people to discover the farm life for 5 days. A training session for farmers will be developed and tested with 5 farmers in France, Italy and Germany each. Farmers will then welcome 15 NEET young people on their farms to experiment the small internships.PR4- This novel training will be concluded by an orientation workshop, testing tailor-made tools for youth workers to accompany NEET young people towards sustainable agricultural jobs. All these activities aim to implement the whole training destined to youth workers, which is expected to fit with young people and farmers’ needs.<< Results >>This project will produce some tangible results which are:-Theoretical training material: a written and visual material which is the support for theoretical courses on sustainable agriculture and its linkage with the environment and climate change.-Matching platform: an online platform to connect young people and farmers, which will remain available at least 5 years after the end of the project.-Practical training guidelines: a guide containing all the necessary information to implement small practical internships of young people hosted by farmers.-Orientation toolkit: a set of tools to implement a powerful orientation workshop and solid guidance follow-up of the young people.The PROPAGRI project implements a training with guidance materials that will be reused and reappropriated by social workers and trainers working with NEET young people all around Europe. It will allows the project partners and then stakeholders from both the social and agricultural worlds to develop their skills in social farming.

  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2020-1-CZ01-KA204-078212
    Funder Contribution: 261,519 EUR

    Agriculture plays a crucial role in people's lives. It is vital to all humans no matter the nationality, race, gender, ethnicity, religion and so on. Even though people depend on agriculture to survive, they often forget that in order to provide sufficient crop and animal production, we need to make sure that our ways of farming are sustainable and enable us to farm in the long-term future. In the same spirit, people have to make sure to adapt to climate changes in order to keep the quality and number of production. The current research proves the climate changes which we currently experience, especially droughts. WWF states that in Europe, longer and more intense periods of droughts and periods without precipitation are more and more often every year causing prolonged shortages in the water supply. Such shortages then result in drying of crops, reduce soil quality, bring new pests, rodents and diseases and moreover, they create shortages of water for farm animals like cattle.The negative consequences are serious but one may ask: is that even possible to adapt to such drastic changes like lack of water? Yes, it is. However, the adaptation process needs preparations, one has to consider his or her possibilities, close environment, soil characteristics, legal options and context. To help farmers and landowners start, implement and sustainably maintain new water systems or other adaptation ways to droughts on one's farm, this project is proposed.The project AGRIWATER aims to educate farmers, landowners as well as other stakeholders in possible ways how to adapt on climate change and droughts innovatively and sustainably and how to establish, implement and take care of water systems on agricultural land as an effective way of reducing consequences of droughts. The idea of implementing new water systems supports the long-term sustainable solutions and continuous processes of adaptation on climate change. The main goal of the project is to help farmers maintain their agricultural lands by implementing innovative adaptation measures to droughts. Similarly, the project aims at landowners in order to raise awareness amongst them why it is necessary to take care of their lands and not just rent it recklessly. The project is, thus, divided into 5 main outputs which are The Current Situation Summary Report; The Collection of Best Practices Examples; The Innovative Educational Materials; The Awareness Raising Publication and finally, The Web-based Educational Platform. By delivering these outputs we aim to create a comprehensive educational system for a broad audience focusing on a topic which is, in an area of life-long education, still rather neglected. The project consortium consists of partners from the Czech Republic (leading partner the Association of Private Farming of the Czech Republic), Belgium (European Landowners), Cyprus (Agricultural Research Institute), Germany (Hof und Leben), Italy (University of Florence) and Spain (On Project Consulting), creating a broad mix of countries from Central, Southen and Eastern European countries. The main reason for implementing this project transnationally is because it could help achieve the goals of the EU 2050 long-term strategy and EU Adaptation Strategy prepared by the European Commission and following the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. We aim to improve the quality of agricultural soil, its characteristics and possibilities to keep water (groundwater as well as aboveground water systems). Carrying out the project transnationally has a wide range of benefits for all participants and target groups as it contributes to the exchange of good practices among farmers, landowners and experts in the field in different countries. But above all, it could help real people with their farming.The deliverables of AGRIWATER project are expected to be actively used after the project ends thanks to the involvement of an umbrella organization for agricultural associations from the whole of Europe, active cooperation with other relevant associations, action groups, research institutes and educational institutions and direct reach to farmers in all partner countries.

  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2019-1-IE01-KA202-051449
    Funder Contribution: 278,713 EUR

    The LAND-MOBILITY project will aim to develop training materials for the establishment of land mobility services in all partner countries, and, in turn, hope to promote similar initiatives in all EU Member States and internationally beyond the project lifetime. The project will do this by setting out guidelines for how to establish a land mobility service and developing an animated educational video raising awareness of different concepts of land mobility and the enormity of the problem of access to land that faces European young farmers. This will be accompanied by a number of open access training materials such as animated slides and a mobile training application for land mobility brokers and advisors, as well as training materials for providing information on important topics to the farmers themselves (both successor and predecessor), which will be made available on the project website.Thanks to the relevance and expertise of the partners involved in this project, these materials will be widely disseminated to the target group of local authorities, farm advisory centres, farming organisations and other rural actors via well-established and extensive networks and dissemination channels. This will, in turn, lead to the upskilling of several rural actors and members of the participating organisations by training brokers, as well as the eventual upskilling of the final target (the two farmers, successor and predecessor), by providing them with learning tools to help them through the process, to assist in their farming take-up or slow-down respectively, and additional educational material to cater for their identified needs - not to mention the skills the farming partners will teach each other.LAND-MOBILITY’s training materials and educational videos will use successful pilot examples of land mobility services to raise awareness of the impact that new approaches to land mobility can have on the ageing demographics of the land management sector, increase the establishment and take-up of such land mobility initiatives, and fundamentally lead to better access to land for European young farmers. In turn, this will lead to a more innovative, competitive, environmentally sustainable and technologically-friendly EU agricultural sector, and a slowing of the annual increase in losses in the number of farms in Europe so far. This way, Europe's family farming model can adapt to non-family partnerships in order to stay alive while keeping the same values and principles including quality, diversity and locality of European food and the sustainability of European food production.The aim of the LAND-MOBILITY project is in a first instance to promote initiatives and innovative concepts surrounding land mobility by developing training materials and guidelines for landowners, farmers, authorities and advisors in the area of land mobility services, land management partnerships and farm take-over brokerage. In a second instance, it is to promote agricultural land staying in the sector and a continuation of the EU family-like farming model.Ultimately, the project aims to ensure land in Europe is kept as much as possible in sustainable ownership and is not subject to land abandonment, and so that land becomes a tool for empowerment and entrepreneurship for Europeans rather than an obstacle to it.

  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2018-1-FR01-KA202-047809
    Funder Contribution: 319,894 EUR

    "The employment rate of women in rural areas is much lower compared to men’s. In addition to this, people living in rural areas are generally more inclined to leave education or training early, being the “early leavers” 12,2% in rural areas compared with 9,8% in cities, and the highest proportion of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion is recorded in rural areas. Rural areas also have the lowest level of tertiary educational attainment, being the gap between rural areas and cities concerning this indicator around 20 points (all data from Eurostat, February 2017). Generally speaking, those women who choose to remain in rural environments tend to have less qualified levels of training, which provides them lower employability levels, frequently restricting their job to unpaid housekeeping activities (29,8% of women in Spanish rural areas are facing this circumstance). This situation is mainly caused by a lack of equal opportunities between men and women, by a lack of social co-responsibility and by the existence of the “single bread earner” family model. These aspects acquire greater relevance in deeply rural context, where farming is the most important business activity and source of income for the families. Nevertheless, rural areas are experiencing a change and more and more other activities than farming and other values than direct fieldwork are emerging. Connected to those values, there are sub-sectors related to agriculture which should and can be a source of employment for rural women. Within the so-called “multifunctionality” concept, a wide variety of activities related to farming and aiming at diversifying the income sources could be part of the solution of the situation of women in rural areas. These concepts and activities are already recognized by the EU policies, as well as in the ""Report about women and their role in rural areas"" (2016/2204 (INI)). The EU recognises that women “play an important role in preserving the cultural traditions of rural areas, which can contribute to building and consolidating regional identity"" through ""the development of complementary activities…which go beyond the scope of agricultural production, which allows real added value to activities carried out in rural areas”. These multifunctional activities, and especially the development of the direct commercialization of traditional agricultural products and the management of rural/agro-tourism initiatives, may offer job opportunities for women in rural areas in addition to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of their regions. The general objective of REWARD project is to provide the needed training to woman living in rural areas in order to be able to manage in a professional way those multifunctional activities. The specific objectives are: • To raise the employability of women in rural areas thus reducing their unemployment rate and reducing also the gender-related social exclusion factors. • To reduce the migration flow from rural to urban areas by reducing unemployment and by raising the sustainability of farming-related activities. • To raise awareness about and to promote the cultural heritage related to farming and rural areas. • To foster an entrepreneurial and proactive spirit. • To encourage the diversification of farming through multifunctional activities linked to the local concept, as alternative income generation source. These objectives have been, and will be, reached by providing women living in rural areas training materials that strengthen the competences they need. The main contents of the training system are: - A report about the situation of women in rural areas and their employment opportunities in multifunctional farming activities related to rural cultural heritage; - A set of 17 case studies gathering best practices related to women entrepreneurial initiatives in rural areas linking multifunctional farming activities and rural cultural heritage; - 5 training modules and introductory videos providing the knowledge needed to start an entrepreneurial initiative in a sustainable way. The training materials (in English, French, Spanish, Slovenian, Polish and Czech) are available free of charges on the project training platform (https://learning.reward-erasmus.eu) and are also uploaded on the EPALE resource centre (https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/resource-centre/content/reward-raising-employability-women-through-entrepreneurial-activities). The project partners are: AGPF (FR): An association representing the interest of French grain producers. COAG (ES) and APF_CR (CR): Farmers associations. OnP (ES): A consulting enterprise specialized in project managing, monitoring, and evaluation. BC Naklo (SI): A public VET provider in rural areas. CDR (PL): A government institution providing training and advisory service in the rural world. ELO (BE): A unique EU federation that represents the interests of the landowners, land and forest managers, and rural entrepreneurs."

  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2022-1-SI01-KA220-VET-000087663
    Funder Contribution: 400,000 EUR

    << Objectives >>The main objective of STAY is training farmers to start up & manage agrotourism businesses, as a complement to farming income, by a 2-way approach: addressing professionals, teachers, trainers, advisors (indirect) and farmers (direct). Related objectives are generating local awareness by enhancing the tourist value of rural heritage, promoting proactive entrepreneurial spirit encouraging multifunctionality, retaining young people in rural areas and exchanging experiences among participants.<< Implementation >>Several activities will be implemented, such as summary report on agrotourism based on National reports, specific up-to-date professional training curriculum, e-learning platform including case studies & training modules, pilot testing, training meeting for trainers, project meetings (in person & virtual), mainstreaming actions, dissemination conferences and other dissemination activities (website, leaflet, mailing, newsletter, social media, etc.).<< Results >>STAY will provide a summary report on agrotourism (based on reports from Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and European data), 18 European case studies, a specific professional curriculum to be inserted into training programmes (university, VET, MOOC), an e-learning platform (with introductory videos, training modules and self-assessment) for entrepreneurs and professionals in agrotourism, a project website, a training meeting for technicians and dissemination products.


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