Agroecological Vocational Training for Farmers
1. AGROECOLOGY SITUATION ANALYSIS IN PARTNER COUNTRIES
The main objective of this Intellectual output is to effectively assess the situation of current agroecological practices in the Partners countries.
2. AGROECOLOGICAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING CURRICULUM
The main objective of this output is to develop a coherent and comprehensive teaching curriculum that will be used for widening the scope for farmer training as well as knowledge transfer from generation to generation for the farmers to be.
3. LEARNING MATERIALS FOR AE TRAINING
The main objective of the Intellectual output is to achieve a competency-based training, learning by doing is crucial for farmers.
4. METHODOLOGICAL GUIDE FOR TRAINERS AND EDUCATORS
The main objective of this output is to ensure smooth dissemination and wide spreading of the desired skills to a wider array of audiences.
The trAEce project’s aim is to provide training tools for farmers and trainers, which will assist them in integrating agroecological principles into their agricultural practices. It is a new initiative that intends to advance the concept of agroecology as both a discipline and practice by pooling together the experience and expertise of 6 prominent institutions from 5 European countries (Hungary, Romania, Austria, Czech Republic and Portugal). The project partners will develop a country-specific situation analysis that will contribute to gaining a comprehensive view of the level of knowledge and opinion of farmers regarding agroecology-based activities, as well as identify related political discourses, regulations, actors, practices, networks, etc. Based on the situation analysis, an AE vocational training programme will be elaborated by the project team. The 6 module-training programme will outline topics that will help farmers design or transform their farms in line with AE principles and strive for social and environmental sustainability while at the same time maintaining the profitability of their agricultural activity. The curriculum will be accompanied by learning materials, including a user manual and short films designed for farmers and trainers. A methodological guide for trainers (opinion-leader farmers) and educators (teachers of farmers) will also be created during the project. Moreover, 7 pilot training events will be organised for farmers and trainers that will provide the opportunity to test the complete vocational training programme. A local adaptation strategy will be supported by communication tools as well as 4 focus group meetings that will provide systematic feedback throughout the project about the relevance and applicability of the outcomes to key stakeholder groups. The diversity of participants in other project-related events (5 events, including the final project conference) will ensure the dissemination and multiplication of project results at the international level and an additional opportunity to collect feedback.