FEAL: multifunctional Farming for the sustainability of European Agricultural Landscapes

6 Participating countries:
Start: 01-12-2016 - End: 31-05-2019
Project Reference: 2016-1-SK01-KA202-022502
EC Grant: 374951 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Summary

In the Euro area the unemployment rate increased from 6,4% in 2007 to 10,5% in November 2015. At the same time, ageing of farmers is also a crucial issue that need to be tackled: in 2007 only 6,3% of farmers were younger than 35. Alternative economic models for young farmers and rural entrepreneurs are therefore needed. Successful concepts of business in this field can lead to further and new employment in farming sector, facing the consequences of raising unemployment, integrating and providing services related to maintenance and promotion of European Agricultural Landscapes (EAL) may represent an important resource to guarantee the social and economic viability of farms and rural areas as a whole.Around half of the EU’s land is farmed. That makes agricultural activity essential for emergence and maintenance of the cultural landscapes, including the preservation and the promotion of landscape elements and landforms. Although the people living in rural areas are surrounded by European Agricultural Landscapes (EAL), their knowledge about them in terms of cultural value, history and emergence of it as well as its environmental value is limited, even among farmers themselves. Raising awareness of the worth and cultural value of EAL is just the first step that need to be followed by training farmers, rural entrepreneurs and landowners in order to make them able to “manage” the countryside in the sustainable way that society is asking for.The FEAL project aims at providing young farmers, young rural entrepreneurs and family farmers a training system about conceptualisation and implementation of sustainable/multifunctional farming practices linking the diverse interests of farmers and rural society within EAL- highlighting positive external effects on EAL of their genuine production.The main outputs of the project will be:O1: A report about the State of the Art of the relation between multifunctional/sustainable farming practices and EAL;O2: Case Studies showing best practices of multifunctional/sustainable farming over European countries in different landscape types and socio-economic situation;O3: Complementary OER (interactive e-atlas of EAL + training modules);O4: A training system gathering the previous output in a digital format compatible with OER repositories and e-learning platforms.The training system will be based on the OER methodology thus guaranteeing a totally free access to a wide audience and especially to the project primary target group: young farmers, young rural entrepreneurs and family farmers.Due to the flexibility and the availability free of charges of the training materials even trainees in structural disadvantaged areas or who cannot leave their farms will have barrier-free access to them.The training materials will be edited in English and then translated into the partners languages.The project has been structured in 6 Work Packages, (3 Implementation WPs and 3 Transversal WPs) and aims at reaching the following innovative results and impacts:- FEAL products will represent the first fully open-source training system for implementing sustainable and multifunctional farming practices maintaining and improving EAL. The training materials will be flexible, available through ICT and free of charges. FEAL training system will be based on ICT and e-learning OER thus making its access to easier and available for an high number of potential trainees. - By means of case studies, trainees will have the opportunity of learning through existing real experiences; the users of the training system will have the possibility of knowing what other “virtual colleagues” are actually successfully doing, and adapt solutions and concepts to their own contexts.- An entrepreneurial exchange about the topic will be enabled on regional, national as well as on European level.The FEAL project consortium is made of the following partners:TUZVO (SK): University participating with the Department of Landscape Planning and Design of the Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.EUCALAND (DE): German non-profit organisation that works on European level and which main aims are research, networking and collecting data on European Agricultural Landscapes.HuL (DE): Independent private consultancy focused on consulting of agricultural and rural family enterprises. OnP (ES): Project managing consulting enterprise which main focus is advising in managing, monitoring and evaluating public funded projects.COAG (ES): Farmers Association. LAG_MT (IT): Local Action Group.BC_Naklo (SI): Public educational institution working in the fields of Agriculture and Rural Development.ELO (BE): European Umbrella organisation gathering European Landowners.

Results

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Coordinator

TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA VO ZVOLENE

T. G. Masaryka 24, 96053
Zvolen
SK

Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)

Partners

Institut für Europäische Agrarlandschaftsforschung e.V.
Overath
NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN
Organisation type: Other
Biotehniski center Naklo
Naklo
Gorenjska
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
UNION DE AGRICULTORES Y GANADEROS-JOVENES AGRICULTORES DE JAÉN
Jaén
Andalucía
WWW.COAGJAEN.COM
Organisation type: Other
On Projects Advising SL
Granada
Andalucía
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION
BRUXELLES
Organisation type: Other
Hof und Leben GmbH
Bad Wörishofen/ Kirchdorf
BAYERN
Organisation type: Counselling body
Lag Middle Tiber
Torgiano
Umbria
Organisation type: Other

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