Title Agri-environmental farm diagnostic tool ’Dialecte’ in vocational training
Project Number 2012-1-HU1-LEO05-05850
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project contributes to developing the skills and competencies of VET teachers & advisors in the field of farm level environmental audits; to strengthen the link between VET professionals & working life (advisors, farmers, agri-environmental scheme operators) via setting up training background & a network of Agridiag/Dialecte trainers, advisors. Partners: Szent István University (HU); Nat. Agric. Advisory, Educational and Rural Development Inst. (HU), Dr. Entz Vocational School (HU), Solagro (FR), Supagro Florac (FR), Institut Superior Técnico (PT), Terraprima (PT). Main results: Vocational training course on Dialecte for innovative professionals. Dialecte manual & on-line tool adopted to HU & PT conditions. Collection of Dialecte related pedagogic methods adapted for HU & PT vocational teachers. National Contact Points deep trained in Dialecte, advisory trainers trained, vocational school teachers trained. Project duration: 24 months: 01.12.2012 – 30.11.2014.
Faced with society's increasing expectations, the European Common Agricultural Policy’s review considers environmental management to be an ever more critical criterion in the allocation of farm subsidies (focus shift from production subsidies to payments for supplying public goods).
There is an increasing demand (both by policy officials & farmers) to assess the ecological & environmental performance of farms. The public money spent on provision of environmental services require justification. It is a central interest for the farmers to be able to assess the nature/degree of environmental effects of their activities. Current agricultural vocational training can prepare advisors & prospective farmers for these challenges to only a very limited extent.
French experiences show that vocational training in particular plays a fundamental role in supporting the dissemination & implementation of approaches related to agri-environmental (AE) performance assessments of farms.
Solagro together with other institutions have developed a complementary set of on-line tools for diagnosis & decision support (Dialecte) that enable the assessment of the state of the environmental service provision of farms (incl. agro-ecological infrastructure, incl. biodiversity & effects of farming on environment.
The aim was to integrate & adopt these tools & related course material into a teaching pack & transfer it into vocational training module to be tested in HU & PT.
The target group of the transfer are innovative professionals incl. vocational teachers, trainers, advisors, trainers/practitioners from agricultural chambers/farming organisations, AE scheme operators.
The consortium consists of research & training institutes who can act as mediators between policy & practice, public authority supervising national agric. advisory services & agricultural vocational schools, farming advisory service, agric. secondary voc. schools.
Outcomes: Real project products & further major achievements:
[R3] On-line tool adapted to HU & PT conditions,
[R4] HU & PT training curricula
[R5] HU & PT training course for innovative professionals,
[R6] [R7] HU & PT Agridiag (AD) manuals,
- Pedagogic methods for vocational teachers,
- National Contact Points trained in Dialecte, advisory professionals & voc. school teachers trained,
- HU Network of Agridiag Experts.
The project brought methodological novelty & practice to professional advisory & training in the field of sustainable AE management, hence contributed to the better understanding of locally adapted farming for professional trainers, advisors & agricultural vocational school teachers. Improved AE awareness of farmers & decision making based on own farm assessment or assisted by advisor. Environment & farming interrelations are better understood by vocational school teachers who are triggered to use Dialecte for school farms & teaching.
Our innovation transfer project from France to Hungary and Portugal contributed to (a) filling the need to develop the skills and competencies of VET teachers and advisory trainers in the field of farm level environmental audits through the adoption of a training course to cope with challenges emerging from the changes of the EU Common Agricultural Policy; (b) strengthen the link between VET professionals and working life (advisors, farmers, agri-environmental scheme operators) through setting up training background and a network of Agridiag trainers, advisors and demonstration farms. Our partners are Szent István University (Gödöllő, HU); National Agricultural Advisory, Educational and Rural Development Institute (Budapest, HU), Dr. Entz Ferenc Vocational School of Agriculture (Velence, HU), Solagro (Toulouse, FR), Institut d’éducation á l’agroenvironnement Supagro Florac (Florac, FR), Institut Superior Técnico (Lisboa, PT), Terraprima (Teixoso, PT).
Main results: Vocational training course on Dialecte for innovative professionals ready for accreditation. Dialecte manual & on-line tool adopted to Hungarian & Portuguese conditions. Collection of Dialecte related French pedagogic methods adapted for Hungarian secondary vocational teachers.National Contact Points deep trained in Dialecte [HU:2, PT:1], advisory trainers trained [HU:20, PT:20], secondary vocational school teachers trained [HU:10]. HU network of Dialecte farm auditors. Project duration: 24 months: 01.12.2012 – 30.11.2014.
Utilization and distribution of results
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
program or curricula