This course contains the essential but simplified information about the funding opportunities by the Greek Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for the farmer, the producer group or organisation, the rural entrepreneur, the rural Municipality, the Local Action Group, the person, advisor, researcher, business engaged in the agricultural, food and forestry sector, the land manager, the forest holder  and other economic actors operating in rural areas

It is structured in such a way, so as to fulfill the requirements for all different potential beneficiaries of the Greek RDP, explaining the existing funding opportunities in a concrete and simplified manner.  

The course contains the following learning units:

  • General Information
  • Legal Requirements according to EU legal frame
  • RDP Definitions
  • Rural Development Programme for Greece 2014-2020 (only in el)

Each Measure contains information on its scope, the intervention area, the type of support (i.e. Start-up aid, grants, annual or one-off payments etc), the beneficiaries, the eligible expenditure, the eligibility conditions / Selection criteria, the aid intensity/amount of support.

This course contains the essential requirements for the future farmer to be certified as organic farmer according to the EU organic farming legal requirements for the organic farming.

It is structured in such a way, so as to fulfil the requirements for both involved groups farmers and control bodies experts.

The course contains the following learning units:

  • Introduction to organic farming
  • Legal Requirements according to EU legal frame
  • Transition/conversion form conventional to organic farming
  • Requirements per category e.g. primary production, processed products et.
  • Trade and Imports from third countries
  • How to become organic farmer, what the cost might be and what is the meaning of organic logo
  • Practical information through the SKIFF organic book section

In most sections there is a short quiz, as a means to identify possible difficulties of the student to understand the requirements of the EU organic farming system. After all EU organic farming system is based on law, which sometimes might be difficult to be understood even from an educated farmer or expert.

The application of ICT in Agriculture, as a key to rural development and small scale farming constitutes a recent active field, in the heart of EU policies and initiatives (refer for example to http://ict-agri.eu/).

4 important topics are proposed for the learners:  

I. Cloud computing,

II. Smart Crop farm,

III. Smart Livestock farm,

IV. Communications.

All topics should be learned step by step. Before this learning course learners will find some pre-information about ICT in these parts: Introduction, Target Groups, Pre-knowledge, Learning Outcomes, Learning Units.

This course describes the use of of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in agricultural Activities. It was added as part of the course ICT in Agriculture, considering that the most advanced but still not developed in Europe technology is the use of what most people call drones.

There are two main chapters, one referring to the definition of precision agriulture and the second to the description of the equipment and the uses.

The course is addressed to producers organisations as this service is not effective to small scall farms. The scope is to inform them about the potential benefits derived from this technology.

The goal of Farming Management course is to familiarize farmers with economical related data and financial analysis.

Farming Management course consists of three topics: Economic Analysis of a Farm  , Solutions of Improving Farm Operational Efficiency and Their Justification, Farm Activity Risk and Its Management. 

Upon a successful completion of the course, learners should be able:

  • to evaluate personal business development opportunities,
  • to evaluate current farm situation in the agricultural and rural business environment,
  • to analyse the costs of production,
  • to perform an economic evaluation of planned activities,
  • to select investment options and sources of funding,
  • to evaluate project viability, assess business risks and potential outcomes.

These guidelines are developed to assist the partners in the Skiff project in their designing and developing of courses. With these guidelines the partners can make these courses ECVET-proof. In these guidelines they will find a description of the principles of ECVET and its advantages for VET. Related topics such as Learning Outcomes, Units of Learning Outcomes, Validation and Recognition of Learning Outcomes will be described as well. It will also help the process of recognition of Learning Outcomes when the Skiff project is in the phase of dissemination of the (translated) courses in the participating countries.

This document also gives an overview of relevant websites and documents. Focus is on the ECVET Toolbox, where a lot of examples of tools can be found.

This course contains an introduction of the Biobased Economy on EQF level 4/5.  

The course contains five major learning units:

  1. Introduction to the Biobased Economy
  2. Biomass production
  3. Conversion processes and products
  4. Experimenting with Biobased products
  5. Logistics
  6. Socio-Eonomic skills

Every unit starts with a inspiring orientation and a description of the learning outcomes. It contains the basic knowledge needed of that unit. This knowledge  is illustrated with concrete examples and good practises. Every unit ends with a short exam and a assignment.

Every learning unit can be studied without the pre-knowledge of the other units.

Agricultural Markets is a course related to the agricultural sectors of Common Market organisation of the European Union.

It contains the major elements regulating the agricultural economic sectors, with the basic knowledge and information for each sector and the essential web resources and publications for a farmer in order to follow the evolution and the economic developments of his/her activities.

Through this course SKIFF intents to gather valuable resources and make them available to all farmers wishing to improve their market understanding.

The experience has shown that this is a valuable tool for the survival of the holding especially in this difficult economic period.

The aim of this SKIFF course is not to prepare experts in commodities but to describe and outline how markets function within the European frame.

The course is promarly addressed to farmers.