Title Training in Organic Farming, in its methodes and machinery and in the effective commercialisation of direct selling
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2008-FR-117001
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The desire for the growth of organic farming in Europe requires improvement in human resources through the development of professional training. The BIOTACC project concerns itself with three core elements, namely, Organic Farming, Direct Distribution Channels and Animal Traction.
Teaching materials that are to be shared have been tried and tested in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France as much on the training content as on the methods (study/word placement, distance learning professional meeting days). The project aims to share, adapt and enhance existing teaching tools within the varied partnership groups that will positively benefit the training networks and their professional members. The target audience are students active in professional training with business projects, who are currently in the social integration and assimilation programme (handicapped people) and equally, trainers, organic development bodies and training companies.
Summary For a long time confined to a few pioneers, organic farming has now become a forceful movement which has spread throughout Europe and we understand why this is so: public awareness has increased as has eco-political thinking throughout the EC and the market has expanded. Of course, each country has moved at its own pace (just emerging in Spain & Greece, growing in France). The importance given to each of the above determines the position of a country with regard to the organic farming movement. An effective factor in the long term, human resources training has for a long time been neglected. Only a few centres in Europe (like the CFP since 1985) can claim to have any significant experience in this sector. Let us remember that France has long held a leading position in the organic movement, allowing the growth of specifically related training programmes. It is apparent that a sharing of professional training systems is needed; conditions today and in the future point to an acceptance of the organic rationale which gives us the confidence to push forward the organic farming training sector.
Following the teaching plan, the objectives aimed for by the project consist of sharing with the partners tested and proven materials within the technical areas of the organic sector (reference materials, modules, teaching experience, evaluation systems….) all specifically in organic farming and in direct distribution commerce via distance training. A third aspect of the project is to look at the renewed practice of animal traction and economically viable ways to develop this. The sharing of training methods will also be prominent in our objectives, with particular importance given to study/work placement, distance learning and hands-on practical experience in animal traction methods. Organic farming invokes strong inter-personal relations. Therefore, events will be organised in each country by the partners in order to consolidate this.
In a more global sense there are several professional aims: agriculture and organic farming training, integration of the more disadvantaged members of the population and other professional training organisations.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Results (describe the work forecast at the end of the project)
The project has to attain several kind of results :
1. Training content : master contents document, modules, evaluation rubrics (organic farming, direct distribution channels, animal traction); these results to be available in the 4 partner languages plus English
2. Training modules : a manual of practical working methods of animal traction also adapted for e-learning
3. Study/Work programme tools : showing sequential teaching modules for trainers, a list of transnational training companies and a skills book for trainees
4. Professional resources about the three themes, supplied through the transnational partner meetings and events organised throughout the project.
5. Summary documents for training tests and for putting the project results into action.