Title MARLO - Sustainable development of European rural areas through cooperation in marketing of local and organic food products
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66705
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
MARLO has increased cooperation between SMEs from rural areas in fields related to agro-food, agriculture and tourism stakeholders, and provided them with the skills and competences to develop joint marketing strategies.
MARLO - Sustainable development of European rural areas through cooperation in marketing of local and organic food products
Summary The MARLO project aimed to improve the competitiveness of rural SMEs by introducing a Methodological Training Tool in Marketing of Local and Organic Food Products, and to encourage sustainable development of rural areas. The project has been based upon the transfer of the results of LdV project ProudFarmer that was successfully completed by a partnership of 6 organisations from Latvia, France, Italy, Slovenia and Romania in 2010. Adapted training programme has been tested and evaluated in Spain, Latvia, Cyprus and Lithuania.
The objectives of MARLO include needs analysis; sharing experiences in promotion of local and organic products and marketing training; adaptation of ProudFarmer training tool to the requirements of the target group and project countries; testing and evaluation; creation of local and international networking and cooperation opportunities for the target group; dissemination and preparation of appropriate mechanisms/processes for further exploitation of project results.
The project has been implemented by a consortium of 7 partners from 5 EU countries spanning from North to South of Europe (Spain, Cyprus, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania). It includes training and consulting organisations and associations active in organic farming and tourism, thus allowing to combine different views and experiences and achieve the expected impact of the project. The main outcome has been a Methodological Training Tool in Marketing of Local and Organic Food Products (training programme, manual, case studies) in Spanish, Latvian, Greek, Lithuanian and English. The project has also produced a number of results that will be used for dissemination (project website, leaflets, conference) and helped to promote the project and exploit its results.
The primary target group of the project were rural SMEs involved in production, marketing and sales of local and organic food products. The project has helped to significantly increase their access to training, improve their qualifications in the area of marketing and increase competitiveness. It has also contributed to the development of this type of businesses and economic re-vitalisation of rural areas in partner countries. It is expected that after the completion of the project the results could also be "exported" to the other geographical areas of Europe.
The project work packages are:
WP1 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION
WP2 - METHODOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK
WP3 - NEED ANALYSIS
WP4 - ADAPTATION OF THE METHODOLOGICAL TRAINING TOOL IN MARKETING
WP5 - TESTING AND EVALUATION
WP6 - DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION
WP7 - QUALITY MANAGEMENT
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
program or curricula
material for open learning