Education for beginning farmers has become critically important in recent years. Recent census data in most of the countries in the world indicates that an increasing number of beginning farmers will be needed to replace those who exit farming in the following years.
It has been estimated that the need for information and consultancy services intended for the people in rural areas will increase year by year. Along with the limited fertile areas in most countries, the rapidly growing population today is on the verge of food shortage. In order to be able to meet this growing need, beginning farmers, being the food producers of the future, should be well-equipped, qualified and educated about agricultural subjects such as; crop production, livestock management, soil and water conservation, and various other aspects of agriculture.
Our partnership has the challenge of providing education and information to these beginning farmers. Our general aim of is to exchange and compare the methodologies and practices in young farmer education by taking advantage of exchanging experience, sharing ideas, analyzing different farmer training programs, developing common instruments that can be used in training courses and disseminated at local, regional, national and European level through meetings and publications.
One of the reasons of low fertility in agriculture is the lack of consultancy and guidance in rural areas. In order to meet this need in most of the countries, farmers are provided with some Farmer Extension Programmes by the contributions of universities and research centres. Most common tools of Farmer Extension Programmes are;
3. Farmer Classes,
4. Observation Excursions,
We are strongly of the idea that when we strengthen the educational level and role of the farmers in agriculture, we will contribute to their economic development indirectly the growth of the country.
The concrete objectives are to;
-gather some information about
a)Farmer Support Programmes
b)Rural Development Programmes in different EU countries
c)Inservice Training Programmes and Educational Seminars provided for the technical staff
d)Farmer Associations & Organizations
e)Farmer Extension Systems in different EU countries
-equip young farmers with the necessary information and competence related to Agricultural Extension Programme and make them volunteer practitioners of this programme
-analyze educational needs of farmers and create modern mechanisms and ways to meet their needs
-contribute to the fertility in agriculture, and as a result, to the income and welfare of the farmers
-set up a "Leader Young Farmers Team", who will constitute a model for the other farmers around
-disseminate the useful information and outputs achieved throughout this partnership to the farmers by Farmer Extension Programme
-help national and international organizations, education & training centres and chambers of farmers to achieve cooperation and coordination among them
-train farmers about food production of high quality and in this way to make them more competitive
-help beginning farmers develop farming culture, acquire the needed knowledge and competences use modern methods of agriculture, and to help them transfer what they have learnt to the other farmers who are out of the educational programme
-disseminate the technological developments in agriculture and applicable research results to the technical staff and the farmers
-help young farmers analyze their current and future conditions, and after this analysis to help them find innovative solutions to the possible problems they may encounter.
Participants will work in pairs and groups and the communication between trainers and trainees will be bidirectional and highly efficient. After they have learnt new methods in farmer education classes, they will take part in a forum that will be dedicated to their problems and solutions to be adopted. The participating institutions will set up a project team and this team will be charged for;
-effective communication with the other teams
-preparing a short presentation about the aims and objectives of the project at local level
-implementation of the local activities and organizing the requirements
-improving the knowledge of the actors and the practices mobilized in every partner region, to contribute to a successful integration of the targeted public
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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