The project "Rural Women to Sustainable Food and Farming - Fresh Food from Farm to Table" (RWSFF) is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union - for the action KA2 Strategic Partnerships in the field of Adult education. Within this project, the partners focus on promoting SDGs and strengthening rural development, with particular emphasis on women, but for the benefit of the general rural population.
World Economic Forum has recently underlined how much food systems are relevant to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The World’s population is rapidly growing, and as a result, food demand is expected to increase by as much as 98% by 2050. Understanding modern trends, as well as one of the key findings that a new “Fresh Food Economy” is emerging, partners are willing to share their rich experience in contributing to empowering rural women and enhancing rural development.
The project aims to contribute to rural women’s empowerment by encouraging new trends “Fresh Food Economy” and agricultural entrepreneurship, as well as additional farm-related segments of the rural economy, contributing to generating income and employment, taking into account the adaptability of methods and technologies to meet local conditions in each partner's country. The focus is on social inclusion to enhance access for disadvantaged people, especially for participants from vulnerable categories, such as rural women, small-scale farmers who are located in less-favoured areas, facing with social exclusion and limited market entry due to lack of entrepreneurial skills.
Through the project, we will provide mechanisms and a platform for women to mutually connect and share their knowledge and experience, as well as tools to make them easier to market entry and gain entrepreneurial skills. In addition to educating rural women, the project will enlighten public awareness of the need to boost the local economy and buy fresh food from the local market. Therefore, the project will have an educational character for all citizens.
This project brings together partners from four countries. The project partnership consists of EDUFONS - Center for Lifelong Education (Serbia), GRAMIGNA OdV (Italy), INSTITUTE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT (Greece) and Association ISTARSKO - EKOMUZEJ IZ VODNJANA (Croatia).
- To put in place a sustainable process of empowerment and self-initiative of rural women (involved in agriculture or the agriculture supply chain) which will continue to evolve after the project’s completion.
- To promote the consumption of local and quality food from small producers.
- To share innovative model within rural areas and create a bridge between similar characteristics areas by diffusing project outcomes, learning tools and methods at local, national and international levels.
- Rural women involved in agriculture or agriculture supply chain
- Facilitators/educators for adults from grassroots organisations
- UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLORING new trends “Fresh Food Economy” and agricultural entrepreneurship
- IDENTIFYING AND TESTING of probable practical solutions to help rural women who are small food producers to contribute to generating income and employment:
- STIMULATING AND INCREASING awareness of citizens about the consumption of local and quality food
- INITIATING AND INCREASING awareness of new project products and innovative ideas by disseminating and exploiting
- activating and empowering them by networking and supporting self-initiative
- increasing their awareness, competences and skills by learning and self-initiative
- connecting and enhancing cooperation between rural women
- Rural women increased knowledge about new trends “Fresh Food Economy” and agricultural entrepreneurship
- Effective practical solutions designed to help women in rural areas who are small food producers
- Improved access to nutritious, fresh foods for all citizens by promoting health, protecting the agricultural assets and natural resources
- Improved competencies and upgraded the skills of adult facilitators/educators belonging to community groups and grassroots organisations
- Successful dissemination of project results that are available for use throughout Europe
- I.O.1: The Network of Women from Rural Communities (NWRC)
- I.O.2: The Platform Community Access to Fresh Foods
- I.O.3: The Guide Access to Fresh Foods
- I.O.4: RWSFF Training of Trainers Course (RWSFF ToT) with 4 modules
Increased capacity in designing new extended proposals to implement and test “Fresh Food Economy” and agricultural entrepreneurship, empowerment and self-initiative of rural women.