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The project supports transformation of agro & rural development oriented secondary schools, colleges and VET institutions in 3 EaP AA-EU signatories - Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia - toward cross-cutting, pro-active, modular and project approach learning formula, further stimulating co-operation with agro-business, drawing on respective V4 & the EU lessons learned. Students and teachers from the selected EaP agro-education establishments will gain a nonpareil opportunity: to explore, grasp and learn on V4 rural modernisation best practices, but also to apply acquired knowledge & skills under their nano-project start-ups.

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HOW TO MODERNIZE GEO, UKR AND MD AGRICULUTRAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: V4 & EU LESSONS LEARNT

25 years of AGRO VET negligence and management misconduct in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, along AA-modernization boost, compelled a quality change - triggered, though in various scale, but uniformly in direction, a move toward: cross-cutting, praxis-oriented AGRO VET curricula, under pro-active or modular (e.g. since 2015/16 pilots in GEO) learning formula, inciting co-operation with agri-business and other social and business stakeholders, enhancing business and entrepreneurship skills and capacities, its integration into new-born VET system, to effectively match skills at the local labor market and spur rural entrepreneurship, all against the AA-driven rural regulatory transformation backdrop. The paper brings together practical and easy adjustable case studies of innovatory AGRO/RURAL T/VET educational schemes, projects and programmes from the European Union, including Visegrad AGRO VET transformation lessons learnt.

The paper can be downloaded here:Vocational Education MD GEo UA

INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO WINE-MAKING AND FRUIT-GROWING EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN THE EU

The report gathers and investigates innovative wine-making and horticulture-fruit-growing & processing educational modules from 6 AGRI EDU institutions from Slovakia (Modra, the project partner), France, the United Kingdom and Italy. The disused cases combine the full production cycle learning, with pro-active micro agri-business education, under school shops, which function closely to realities of profit making enterprises. The genuine innovation lays in holistic, ownership based, full production and sales cycle practical approach: the students teams are immersed in growing and production cycle, encouraged to take independent decisions e.g. on exact harvesting time, ageing or blending of wine, along the associated risks. Next they manage its sales and marketing e.g. deciding on its packing and design, getting an exact idea of production costs, as well as tastes of customers and the retained profit, getting familiar with challenges of food sector in today’s competitive world.

The paper can be downloaded here:Education wine and fruit growing

GUIDE ON FUNDRAISING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The paper is an attempt to bring together a number of useful hints and tips: suggestions and concepts on what makes a good development project. The text, struggling to provide ready to use know-how, sticks to standard small-grant application form and follows its structure in sections and headings, broadly in line with simple USAID SGP, Czech AID and Polish Aid “yardstick” templates, providing supplementary references to PRAG (Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions), by EUROPEAID, on selected sections, for the advanced readers.

The paper can be downloaded here:Guide on Fundraising V4

HOW EFFECTIVELY COMBINE AGRO EDUCATION WITH BUSINESS COOPERATION
EU LESSONS LEARNT

This paper focuses on innovative approach to cooperation of AGRI VET & EDU with the business. The outlined and discussed case studies of AGRO VET, agriculture schools and universities thrive taking advantage of certain niches, rightly identified in partnership with the business, being flexible, adapted to contemporary market and EU standards. They are effectively using their resources and assets and are smartly placed in a heart of permanent, local labor market partnerships, along businesses, non-governmental organizations and local authorities. This report reviews and highlights interesting examples of EU agriculture educational institution which have praxis-oriented curriculum under proactive or modular learning formula and inciting mutually beneficial cooperation with agri-business.

The paper can be downloaded here:Innovative education EU_V4

INNOVATIVE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT: PRO-ENTREPRENEUR AND PRO-LABOR MARKET APPROACH: V4 & EU

The paper provides an overview of AGRI VET flexible rural micro-entrepreneurship and self-employment support modules. Drive toward “locality”, bio-production, SFSC, rural tourism and further niche services etc. requires peculiar and cross-cutting skills and inspirations, ideas, business acumen, local knowledge, know-how and support on access to finance, regulatory frameworks, certification, networks already operating in the area, excellent soft skills and self-learning abilities, including languages. Disused modules and open schemes operate similar to the rural micro-business labs or incubators: the students are taught how to launch own business, produce, sell and strive in conditions of competitive customer market. Emphasis being put a growing niche emerging market of individual and B2B oriented rural services and low starting capital mixed services-production formulas e.g. gourmand & DIY, gardening classes, biodiversity & adventure & heritage & culinary tourism, kids or corporate events or customized bio/agri machinery adjustment and maintenance services.

The paper can be downloaded here:Prolabour market

SMALL-SCALE & ORGANIC FARMING
GOOD PRACTICES FROM POLAND, SLOVAKIA, CZECH REPUBLIC AND HUNGARY

In all 4 Visegrad countries small scale and organic plant farming is continuously growing, consumer demand for healthier lifestyle is driving V4 small & organic markets solid expansion. Methods of cultivation are becoming more and more innovative, effective and productivity is boosting in a sustainable way. The essays collected in the present volume investigate diverse areas related to organic food market in V4 countries. The paper evaluates V4 countries experience in small scale and organic farming, reviewing present law and regulation on bio & organic product, short food supply chains & community agriculture, organic labelling, food safety and certification bodies. Additionally, a number of V4 example of bio, organic, eco businesses and short food supply chains are provided.

The paper can be downloaded here:Small-scale and organic farming

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