About project

The EU has clearly identified the need for European agriculture to be reshaped towards greater sustainability. Multifunctional agriculture is the key concept underlying the reformed agricultural and rural development policy aiming at increasing sustainability of agriculture, while at the same time being competitive at the European and global market.  However, lack of the key skills necessary to successful engage and implement the EU measures for multifunctional agriculture is significant for the majority of farmers, especially young ones and managers of family farms. This is less due to a lack of attitude or technical (agricultural) knowledge but rather a matter of missing economic, organizational and entrepreneurial skills. Thus the SEMA II project addresses the nexus of multifunctional agriculture and the necessary entrepreneurial skills to young and family farmers.

The project consortium consists of six organizations from 5 different EU countries (PL, ES, LT, BE, DE) and demonstrates cooperation between new and old European Member States. A comprehensive partnership has been established, consisting of research and consulting organizations (WUELS, IfLS), adult education organizations (DEFOIN, ARID), a European young farmer organization (CEJA), and an institute of ICT and education technologies (BETI).