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
Identify the knowledge, skills and competences that rural newcomers and new entrants into farming require, to effectively support them before entering the market.
Design of the contents and methodologies to be used in the simulation process