Description of the project

Aims and objectives of the project

 

The overall objective of the project can be summarised as increasing the productivity and competitiveness of small and medium-scale farmers in the two regions that will be visited.

During the initial stages of the project, the project team will gather information about the problems that farmers are facing in the regions where the youth mobility will take place. Based on this information we will develop a program of teaching and training that, depending on the specifics of each region, will include:

-theoretical knowledge about modern agricultural practices ;

-best practices related to the region and type of crop that is grown ;

-agro-development in the 21st century ;

-agro-business ;

-modern irrigation equipment using renewable energy sources to create electricity ;

-financing modern agricultural equipment ;

-simple agricultural equipment using renewable energy sources ;

-energy crops ;

-managing land use between food and energy crops.

The aim of the project is to first develop an extensive knowledge base and to then train Youth Workers from around Europe in these topics. During the mobility, the trainers will transfer the knowledge to young people and opinion leaders in the host countries. The aim is to turn the trainees into trainers themselves and to create a network of knowledge sharing centred around the newly formed trainers and opinion leaders. By creating a self-sustaining and well functioning network the project will have a reason to exist after the direct European involvement is over. The online knowledge base will however continue to exist as it will have to be updated after the implementation and assessment of the initial program.

A secondary objective is to knowledge back from the visited communities and to see if it can be adapted to the European context, again in order to lower costs, increase productivity and competitiveness.

 

Project activities GANTT chart

The duration of the project is 24 months and will be implemented between 01.10.2016 and 30.09.2018.

 

Project months 

Activity

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
16-10 16-11 16-12 17-01 17-02 17-03 17-04 17-05 17-06 17-07 17-08 17-09 17-10 17-11 17-12 18-01 18-02 18-03 18-04 18-05 18-06 18-07 18-08 18-09
Organising the kick-off meeting  X  X  X  X  X  X
Kick-off meeting  X
Developing the curricula, teaching materials  X  X  X  X  X
Selection of summer-school participants  X  X
Organising the summer-school  X  X  X
Summer-school  X
Organising YW mobility to Brazil (incl platfom)  X  X  X  X
YW mobility to Brazil  X  X
Organising YW mobility to Nepal (incl platfom)
YW mobility to Nepal
Organising the closing conference+project meeting
Closing conference+project meeting

 

Innovative character

The project will be innovative in regard to the technology that will be used but also the way it uses existing technology to solve problems and to increase efficiency of agricultural work.

The specific activities for each location will be decided after a thorough analysis of the current situation in the three areas where the youth mobility activities will take place. The general focus however will be in the fields of irrigation and sustainable energy crops, in the wider context of modern agricultural development and agro-business as a whole. These topics were chosen because they are easy to put into practice and they can quickly and effectively increase the wealth and general well being of an area.

Irrigation techniques developed in the 20th century are effective from an agricultural perspective but require expensive equipment and access to a power source such as electricity or expensive liquid fuels. Renewable energy sources can turn this situation around. The knowledge acquired in the last years of research and product development has put BUAS in a great position to deliver the technical expertise required for the project. In locations that don’t require constant or energy-intensive irrigation the focus will be on traditional uses of renewable energy such as wind or running water. While this type of irrigation has been done for many centuries, modern methods and materials can increase the output of the process exponentially. The technology will be coupled with practical knowledge on how to use irrigation techniques and will increase farm output and thus market competitiveness.

For places requiring more energy, or where it’s critical to have continuous access to some form of irrigation the focus will be shifted on modern solutions, incorporating photovoltaic panels or wind turbines to power fully autonomous irrigation equipment. This solution is more expensive and the focus will also be shifted towards finding the proper financing in this scenario. The design of the equipment will aim towards simplicity and durability rather than the precision and high cost characterising modern equipment.

Energy crops are the other part of the project. While the teaching will mostly be on topics that are more or less common knowledge in the industry, the innovative part will be adapting this knowledge for the climate and soil of those locations. While energy crops can be quite profitable, they also decrease the space available for food crops. The training will include methods used for estimating the balance between energy and food crops in a community. The outcome will again be productivity on par with modern standards, lowering costs and allowing those farmers to compete with any other products on the market.

By training young people to design and to make their own farm equipment that uses renewable and free energy sources, we will help accelerating entrepreneurship of young people in rural areas in the field of agriculture by using renewable energy sources and increasing the role of youth work in the development of local communities, while also transferring the acquired knowledge themselves.

Consortium

All the partners have broad experience with the implementation of international projects. The consortium was created by the European partners previously cooperating on the projects connected with the education and training in different Youth environments (higher education body, the Cluster, Non-governmental organisations initiating and implementing Youth projects) and partners from the Partner countries – NGO from Nepal focused on work with young people, Brazilian NGO, with expertise in the innovativeness in Youth projects.

BUAS: knowledge and experience in education and training in entrepreneurship and wide range of knowledge in agricultural sciences. Will be responsible for: overall project coordination, communication, technical expertise for curricula and teaching-learning materials, website, logo, info materials, organizing Summer School, selection of Youth workers from RO.

ROSENC: cooperation with BUAS for solar irrigation system. It also has experience in youth training (summer school for students), in innovative cooperation with the Cluster members in renewable energy. Responsibilities in project: technical expertise for preparation of curricula and teaching-learning materials, assists in organization of Summer School, selection of Youth workers from RO.

NO GRAVITY: NGO working in the field of environment protection, renewable energy and herb cultivation. Their goal is to educate people about environmental issues and have experience in implementation of community oriented projects, for people with fewer opportunities who can earn their living from cultivation of aromatic and medicinal plants. Will organize the Kick-off and will contribute to the development of curricula and teaching-learning material, will be in charge for selection of Youth workers from SK.

CERE: network of experts and acts worldwide in an interdisciplinary and multicultural way. CERE has professional competence, knowhow and the most up-to-date technologies in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental technology. Responsibilities: Closing conference, development of curricula and teaching-learning materials, selection of Youth workers from AT.

The Campaign for Change Nepal – experience in capacity building projects in entrepreneurship for youth.

GoBrazil is actively implied in internship and volunteering, creating new projects and cooperation with young people. Project goals: working with solar energy and other sustainable technologies, to bring progress to a poor community in the poorest region of Brazil, to raise the family income and attract attention of the government and other NGO´s, allowing the communities to be self-sustainable, to improve the life standards of farmers families, urban workers, fishermen and native Indian populations.

Partner country organizations will host the Youth workers from RO, SK, AT and will recruit Youth workers from their country. Will assist youth workers in implementing mobility activities. Contributes to the development of curricula, teaching-learning materials and will assure the publicity of project.