Future farmers and agriculture professional are confronted with severe challenges, especially under financial stress in EU economies and other factors which call for improved competitiveness, a ‘green’ sustainable development and an increase in the agricultural productivity of EU. Such needs are accounted for in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform 2014-2020, which foresees the strengthening of three long-term objectives: a) viable food production, b) sustainable management of natural resources and c) balanced territorial development, and provides new policy instruments that reward resource-efficient services that protect the landscape/bio-diversity and innovative trends and technologies in farming and rural development.
SKIFF (Skills for Future Farmers)
SKIFF mobilizes field experts and key stakeholders from Greece, Netherlands, Lithuania and Turkey and aspires to develop a sustainable, multilingual training program under the e-learning and m-learning paradigms, covering six (6) important thematic areas that cut-across most of above requirements: 1. Organic Farming, 2. Rural Development, 3. Agricultural Markets, 4. Farming Management, 5. Biobased Economy, 6. ICT in Agriculture.
Under a very dense dissemination strategy, SKIFF expects to reach out to a wide audience of farmers, agriculture professionals, officials and VETs who are all invited to participate and evaluate our approach during the planned online training session, but also beyond the project’s completion. A crucial project task is the establishment of a training certification scheme compatible with ECVET provisions, as applied in the participating countries, to be awarded to all prospective trainees that will successfully complete the provided courses.