Rural Facilitator Training

in Agricultural Short Food Supply Chains

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Rural Facilitator project is funded by the European Commission´s Erasmus + programme. The project started in November 2019 and lasts for 2 years. The main aim of the project is to explore the possible ways on how to generate the position of a so-called rural facilitator and to develop the necessary learning materials and training tools to train individuals who intend to take under this new profession in their career.

Project reference number: 2019-1-CZ01-KA202-061270

The project is realized by international partners with various backgrounds (see more in the section “Partners”)

Project phases

1. 11. 2019 - 31. 3. 2020

IO1/A1 - mapping the present situation

The main task of this output is the desk research which reveals the different pathways each country has followed in its SFSC ecosystem development, the challenges each faces, the potential ways these could be resolved with an intermediator body or person.

1. 11. 2019 - 31. 3. 2020

1. 2. 2020 - 31. 7. 2020

IO1/A2 - competence catalog

The competence catalogue will rely on the results of the desk research IO1/A1. Based on the specific country situation and overall conclusions highlighting similarities and differences in Europe, partners will further define those competence areas which they would like to focus on.

1. 3. 2020 - 30. 9. 2020

IO2 - business road map

The business road map is a business model and a step by step guideline for maintenance of the project results based on country-specific business systems. This result will be based on previous findings and it will specified how each short food supply chain animation as a new profession can be adapted to the local circumstances.

1. 3. 2020 - 30. 9. 2020

1. 6. 2020 - 31. 3. 2021

IO3 - Learning material

This output creates learning material that will be a guideline for these people who want to ease the set up or further development of SFSC groups and who need more special knowledge on SFSC setting up, legal guidelines, marketing approach, machine usage and management and cooperation skills.

1. 2. 2021 - 31. 10. 2021

IO4 - Training material and curriculum

IO4 is aimed at developing a new training material and a corresponding curriculum. Based on findings in IO1 and IO2 and in line with the modules of the handbook a training material will be developed which will focus on transferring knowledge and developing special competences and skills of future rural facilitators.

1. 2. 2021 - 31. 10. 2021

Partners

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Coordinating institution

CZU - www.czu.cz

Czech Republic

Contact person:
Jana Pitrova

pitrovaj@pef.czu.cz

About CZU

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague was established in 1906. The large and constantly developing campus offers excellent opportunities for education and research. The institution has almost 25.000 enrolled students who, together with about 1,500 staff (academic, researchers, technicians and administrative workers) form an academic forum.

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Partner organization
Hungary

TREBAG - www.trebag.hu

Contact person:

Andrea Kovesd 

andrea.kovesd@trebag.hu

About Trebag

TREBAG is a Hungarian private company and living lab with a huge network locally and regionally among stakeholders and actors in VET education.

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Partner organization

SPEKTRUM - www.sec.ro

Romania

Contact person:

Katalin Ferencz

fskati@sec.ro

About SPEKTRUM

SPEKTRUM is an independent, dynamic, non-profit NGO providing formal and non-formal education and training in a rural region of Romania.

 

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Partner organization

Savoir-Faire & Co- www.savoirfaireco.eu

France

Contact person:

Arnaud Trolle

contact@savoirfaireco.eu

About Savoir-Faire & Co

Savoir-Faire & Co is an NGO with the main interested in natural resources and ecology, mainly expressed by promoting ecological trades and know-how.

 

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Partner organization

ARID- www.arid.org.pl

Poland

Contact person:

Maciej Dymacz

lacjum@lacjum.org

About ARID

Association for the Regional Initiatives Development (ARID) is a private non-governmental organization oriented on the promotion and development of the idea of lifelong learning.

 

 

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Partner organization

KISLEPTEK- www.kisleptek.hu

Hungary

Contact person:

Katalin Kujani

kujanikatalin@gmail.com


About KISLEPTEK

Kislépték is a non-profit organization that works for local production, preserving traditional local knowledge, cultural variegation, accommodating rural living and self-employment.

 

 

 

Project description

The horizontal objective of the project is to foster the social and educational value of European cultural heritage within its contribution to job creation, economic growth and social cohesion. The main field of the project is short food supply chain (SFSC) development which is one of the most relevant factors as well as a tool of European food cultural heritage maintenance. However, researches in recent years, as well as surveys of producers and consumers, have highlighted the problem that small producers have difficulties separately, so they need to work together to gain market access. Intermediate players have taken over some of these activities from producers. These are supply chain organizers who understand market and agricultural processes thus helping farmers to gain market access. Experts agreed that it is necessary to start a special SFSC organizer training and to develop special eligibility conditions, as well as the training of SFSC advisers, however, these development and support directions are still missing in practice.
Therefore the partnership is committed to exploring the possible ways on how to generate the position of a so-called Rural facilitator and to develop the necessary learning materials and training tools to train individuals who intend to take under this new profession in their career. The outcomes of the project will provide an innovative teaching approach where organizers can partake from capacity building which will strong economic impact on successful value chain organization and rural employment development.
For whom?

The main target groups of the project are: organizers/animators potentially involved: resuming intellectual women; Employees of LEADER organizations; already existing market organizers; rural development NGO; restaurant suppliers; rural tourism organizers/providers, producers and restarters in rural areas.

General objectives of the project
Partnership
Activities of the project
Main project results

The Rural Facilitator project is funded by the European Commission´s Erasmus + programme. The project started in November 2019 and lasts for 2 years. The main aim of the project is to explore the possible ways on how to generate the position of a so-called rural facilitator and to develop the necessary learning materials and training tools to train individuals who intend to take under this new profession in their career.

Project reference number: 2019-1-CZ01-KA202-061270. The project is realized by international partners with various backgrounds (see more in the section “Partners”)



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Results

Desk research (IO1/A1)

This desk research points out how local farmers cooperation can be managed, what are the main driving forces of the already functioning farmers’ groups and what are the most relevant competences which are provided by market organisers/facilitators. The analysis concerns the specialities of different organisation way of SFSC to have a wider picture about management processes, the profile of SFSC managers/market organisers and the expectations of local farmers.


Long version of desk research - download document

Short version of desk research - download document


French best practices for a sustainable business model (IO2/A1)

This documents consists of items´ identification in the French best practices for a sustainable business model. Savoir faire & Co described the French model to make understandable the key elements of an economic cooperation within the machinery sector. The main objective of this document is to facilitate the ownership of good practices in SFSC in France by the partners of the project Rural facilitator.


Identify items in the French best practices for a sustainable business model - download document


Competence catalogue (IO1/A2)

The competence catalogue defines the current real demand for competencies that need to be acquired by the rural facilitators. The recommendations are based on the results of the survey made in each project country among the project stakeholders. 
 
Competence catalogue - download document

The existing situation in partner countries (IO2/A2)
Based on the O1 desk research this document develops further the existing situation of SFSC and the economic situation of the partner countries as well as the challenges and best practices. It also describes 3 SFSC examples via a business model canvas in each country.
IO2 report – accesting existing situation in the project countries

Other Materials

Newsletter 01/2020

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Contact

If you are interested in the project or you have any question or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact the national representative of the coordinating organization:
Czech University of Live Sciences Prague
Faculty of Economics and Management
Ing. Jana Pitrova, Ph.D.
+420775221186
www.pef.czu.cz
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