Introduction

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).

SEMA’s II aim & mission

The SEMA II project aims to provide high quality learning opportunities on multifunctional agriculture oriented entrepreneurial skills and capacities for European farmers, and increase competencies of trainers and facilitators of organizations relevant for agricultural training at a regional and local level.

Specifically targeting young farmers and family farm managers, the capacity building approach offers opportunities for farmers beyond formal vocational training and further education at low cost and low entry thresholds. The project will use innovative ways of implementation through the combination of audio and video files with expert knowledge and best practices examples.