Title IMPROFARM -Improvement of Production and Management Processes in Agrigulture Through Transfer of Innovations
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19878
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text IMPROFARM -Improvement of Production and Management Processes in Agrigulture Through Transfer of Innovations - actual training content regarding most popular issues in agriculture in Europe. Results of the project will help beneficiaries and steakholders to find new ways of the production and management of their farms. Project will help also agriculture advisors to execute their work more efficiently.
The main goal of IMPROFARM project is to support transfer of innovations and know-how between the partner countries to support development of skills an competencies of farmers and employees in the agriculture sector and related services, to support effectiveness of services and production related to agriculture, to support development of rural areas and employment in rural areas in partner countries. The project also wants to contribute to the transparency of skills of farmers and targeted types of professions in agriculture and agriculture related services.
The project focuses on these areas of training: agritourism, business related skills in agriculture establishments (management, marketing, financial management, planning, production management), organic production, nursery, innovations in animal production and farm production.
The project contributes to Community strategic guidelines for rural development for 2007-2013 in the areas of "competitiveness for agriculture, food and forestry axis, targeting human capital","quality of life and diversification of the rural economy" axis, which helps to develop rural areas by promoting services for the public, micro-enterprises, rural tourism, and development of the cultural heritage to improve the conditions for growth and job creation in all sectors".
In more details in relation to these community guidelines the project facilitates innovation and access to research and development (R&D) for agriculture sector through transfer of know-how and innovations between the partner countries and from the involved research organisations and university.
The project will also contribute to "fostering dynamic entrepreneurship, taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the recent reforms, which have created a market-oriented environment for European farming" through innovative training resources and exchange of relevant experience between the partner countries and from Transferring project through cases studies of real farm enterprises.
Through involving the nursery module the project also contributes to "Improving the environment and countryside, ( preservation and development of high-nature value farming and forestry systems and traditional agricultural landscapes ) priority of the community guidelines.
Various surveys related to training needs of farmers confirm, that focus and objectives of IMPROFARM project follow needs of the sector.
The project outputs consist of the training resources and ICT assisted training utilising e-learning, blended learning and software training tools. The training resources consist of text books, case studies and assessment tools.
The project partnership consist of a university, research institute, professional agriculture body, training, research and consultancy organisations.
Involved countries are Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Cyprus.
Project Improfarm started on 1st of December 2011.
The aims of the IMPROFARM project is to support transfer of innovations and know-how between the partner countries to support development of skills and competencies of farmers and employees in the agriculture sector and related services, to support effectiveness of services and production related to agriculture, to support development of rural areas and employment in rural areas in partner countries. Project is based on previous LdV project - Naturaliter.
Projects had few phases : the first was need analysis, which was executed in Poland, Bulgara, Cyprus and Italy.Second phase was elaboration of the training content and preparation of proper internet environment to execute e-learning training. Next phase was execution of pilot testing in Poland, Italy, Cyprus and Bulgaria using different training modules and after that preparing pilot testing report. During all project life time dissemination activities were executed, including final conferences in partners countries (except Slovakia).
Project consists of 5 training modules: Agrotourism, Nursery, Farm management, Organic farming - those 4 modules were updated (on the base of materials provided from Naturaliter project)and 5th module - Alternative animal production, which was developed as a new module from the very beginning. This module consists of 4 submodules providing training materials for breeding rabbits, polutry, sheep and bees.
Open and distance learning
Sectors Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
material for open learning
open and distance learning
The activity executed within the project framework brought following results:
- Need Analysis Report - answering the questions of real needs of project target groups,
- Quality Management Manual - providing grounds for projects managment and quality,
- Training methodology - the basis and background for training materials development and update,
- E-learning portal - basic tool required for providing content of training materials to the end-user,
- Training modules integrated into the e-learning platform - key result of the project giving potential users ability of executing self-trainings,
- Dissemination conferences - way of efficient dissemination of the project.