Title GreenFood: e-learning contents for training EU organic farmers
Project Number 2010-1-ES1-LEO05-20948
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text During the project Ecolearning it was detected among the members of the group of farmers who participated in it, the need for training material on organic production of fruits and vegetables and oil, the same characteristics as those developed in this project. The suitability of materials to members of the target group, the positive assessment made by the participants involved in various activities and their own ideas regarding their training needs, are the basis of this proposal.The promotion of organic farming should include adequate training for farmers interested in it and this situation is applicable to all European countries.
Summary Agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector shape a significant factor in the economy of any country that may eventually change the lifestyles of communities, make geographic location and influence the life expectancy of individuals and even in its physical transformation. The role of agriculture is crucial in producing high quality food, maintaining rural areas alive to protect the natural environment and preservation of cultural values of that environment. Organic farming represents an efficient alternative proven in the context of the production of raw materials and high quality food. The importance of organic production lies in the progressive development of this activity in all EU countries. Production differences are clear in European countries, and the area devoted to organic fruit and vegetable production and olive production is located in southern Europe. The importance that the productions are in different countries has created the need for adequate training in this subject, aimed at farmers who wish to convert their exploitations into organic, and those who want to improve the ones they already have. The e-learning methodology has become suitable for training in agriculture, allowing flexibility in the learning process, making it more open and tailored to the needs and involvement of farmers. The project consortium has been balanced, its members have experience in European projects and cover all the aspects to be developed throughout the project: countries where fruit and vegetables and olives are important (Italy, Greece, Hungary, Spain and Portugal), organisations dedicated to training (CVT Georgiki Anaptixi, IFES), training in agriculture (ESA-IPVC) organic farming (AHOF, Biocert), a social partner directly linked to the sector (FITAG-UGT), and an expert organisation in implementing e-learning platforms (Formación 2020). The expected impact has been to increase knowledge, skills and competences of European farmers in producing organic fruit and vegetable oil to increase the competitiveness of exploitations and improving product’s quality.
Description During the project, the main activities have been the elaboration a European report taking information from the different national reports, and the elaboration of training material for traditional learning on fruits and vegetables, olives and olive oil. These materials have been transferred to e-learning material and have been tested in an on-line pilot course in the participant countries. Several dissemination activities have been held (national dissemination seminars and an international dissemination seminar) in order to spread the project and their results.
Sectors Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Product information The products obtained at the end of the project have been training materials adapted to e-learning methodology about the organic production of fruits and vegetables, and organic production of olive fruits and olive oil. These training materials have been tested in on-line pilot courses by members of the target group. Other obtained products have been: an electronic brochure including information about the project and products; a trainers' and students' guides showing information about the e-learning methodology, and national and European reports about the situation of the organic farming in the participant countries.