Title Herbal.Mednet - Enhancing the Vocational Education and Training of Innovative Farming Trainers / Advisors in Area of Herbal, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Project Number 2012-1-ES1-LEO05-50453
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text ￼Enhancing the Vocational Education and Training of Innovative Farming Trainers / Advisors in Area of Herbal, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Organic farming of herbs and medicinal and aromatic plants is of major importance for rural economy due to their contribution to agricultural diversification and better use of land. Herbs have been used by local populations in traditional ways for many centuries. Their novelty is thus not related to their introduction to new areas but rather to the ways in which old and new uses are being re-addressed to meet today's needs.
Existing e-learning content in the topics of organic farming of herbs and aromatic and medicinal plants needs to be appropriately adapted, transferred and validated in relation to the needs of the farmers, so that this area of farming is further understood and adopted. To this end, there is a clear need for targeting agricultural advisors and extension officers, in order to further educate them and prepare them to effectively guide, train, and support farmers.
To address the above need, Herbal.Mednet aims to achieve the following objectives:
a) Identifying and analyzing targeted needs and competences in order to prepare a set of highly-qualified agricultural advisors and extension officers, who can serve as trainers in adopting and applying organic herbal cultivations and producers / processors of extracts from medicinal and aromatic plants in Mediterranean countries.
b) Developing a training program that will particularly enhance and address the targeted competences for the advisors of organic herbs farmers and processors as well as specific case studies that apply for the specificities of the participating Mediterranean countries, Spain, Italy and Greece.
c) Developing Vocational Education and Training Scenarios that will particularly enhance and address the targeted competences for the advisors of organic herbs farmers, producers and processors
d) Adapting and enhancing existing training methods and content from previous innovative initiatives such as the Organic.Edunet eContentplus one (www.organic-edunet.eu).
e) Making available technical solutions and platforms that may support the provision of this training program from previous innovative initiatives.
f) To carry out a set of focused pilot trials that will validate the proposed training scenarios and the transferred e-learning content.
g) To promote and reinforce the cooperation of stakeholders in this particular content area, which will –at the same time- support the sustainability of project results.
Herbal, medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) have been an important resource for human healthcare from prehistoric times to the present day. According to the World Health Organization, the majority of the world’s human population, especially in developing countries, depends on traditional medicine based on organic herbs. Between 50,000 and 70,000 plant species are known to be used in traditional and modern medicinal systems throughout the world.
Organic herbs are of major importance for rural economy due to their contribution to agricultural diversification and better use of land, their economic potential and the opportunities they provide for medicines’ use diversification. They have been used by local populations in traditional ways for many centuries. Their novelty is thus not related to their introduction to new areas but rather to the ways in which old and new uses are being re-addressed to meet today's needs.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
program or curricula
material for open learning
The workplan of Herbal.Mednet project has been structured into six Work-Packages (WPs). These facilitate the proper organisation and implementation of the project. The WPs are the following:
• WP1: Users Needs Analysis. This work package will study the training needs of the participating user groups through consultation meetings and an online survey. This WP will carry out a continuous needs analysis and existing Vocational Education and training opportunities for the whole lifetime of the project, as well as the identification of existing job opportunities and the required competences of the user groups in the targeted participating countries that can support the identification of the requirements for designing and developing a vocational training curriculum based on needed and required competences and skills on targeted job profiles.
• WP2: Training Curriculum Design, Development and Localization. Work package 2, will carry out the necessary procedures to design the proposed training curriculum for the agricultural advisors in topics of organic farming of herbs, medicinal and aromatic plants. Additional, WP2 will deal with the selection and adaptation of existing training content to support training in the participating countries. Related and relevant training resources will be described and published online so that all users may access them anytime, anywhere, through Internet.
• WP3: Herbal.Mednet courses platform development and population. This work package aims to design, develop and deploy a specific Herbal.Mednet platform that will facilitate search, browsing access and retrieval of learning objects in fields of organic farming of herbs, medicinal and aromatic plants. Additionally WP3 will provide the specialization and deployment of the online platform that will offer the Herbal.Mednet users with a number of online courses, which will allow them to gain access to the developed training content, through web-based interfaces.
• WP4: Delivery, Training, Piloting and Validation. The aim of this WP is to execute the Herbal.Mednet pilot training session and validation training seminars within each partner country, and to collect evaluation feedback that will improve and/or validate the project’s training approach.
• WP5: Dissemination & Valorisation. This work package aims at making the results of the project known to the public. This will be mainly achieved though the project website. So, partners and user organizations involved in the project will disseminate the project result to targeted users in the involved countries.
• WP6: Management and Administration. The aim of this work package is to ensure the quality levels of the project’s results through the continuous monitoring of the project activities and their proper execution, the coordination of the work plan, and the optimum coordination of the partners.