Research Idea

Simulation of rural newcomers and new entrants into farming

TOPIC: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement

Programme: H2020

Deadline for call: 23 Jan 2019

Category: Farming, Training, Consultation
Target Group: Rural newcomers, Farmers

General Description

Literature has shown that different routes are possible to achieve the goal of becoming a farmer (Barham et al., 2001; Ruhf et al., 2003; Lefebvre et al., 2004; Williams et al., 2006; Mailfert, 2007). Farmers follow different Pathways to enter agriculture. Despite the many different personal stories, there are clear common phases in the entry process. The lack of experience, market knowledge and confidence makes it more necessary to newcomers plan carefully for the new enterprise. They need to have a notable proximity in practices and also in attitudes.

iED proposes the development of a simulation process for rural newcomers and new entrants into farming in order for them to acquire all the necessary skills and knowledge before entering the market. The simulation process will be based on a tailored made training for agricultural entrepreneurship. Finally, based on research and evaluation, a toolkit of European best practices will be presented, to demonstrate the approaches and methodologies that can be implemented across Europe to support the target group.

Output: Training and Toolkit


Research Idea