European Union (UE) fosters sustainable growth by implementing environmental and social objectives through the Europe 2020 strategy and the common agricultural policy. Local and sustainable food systems (LSFS) appear as a pillar in this politic because it is at the crossroad of many issues: sustainable agriculture, climate changes mitigation, poverty reduction and food security. Indeed, sustainable agriculture and local sales will reduce environmental footprint of food production and transportation. It will have consequences on poverty and social bonds by bringing closer food producers and food consumers, encouraging rural development and bringing value to farmers work.
Teaching and professional training play a key role in awareness and empowerment of the future producers, consumers and agricultural stakeholders in those issues.
LSFS require new skills and competences that teachers and trainers must develop. The pedagogical methods have to be based on a systemic and multidisciplinary approach using, among others techniques, observation, demonstration and case studies.
The EduclocalFOOD project is a partnership project between the federal agricultural institution CEZ-Bergerie nationale (France), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria), the University of Lisbon (Portugal), the University of Maribor (Slovenia) and the European Landscape Observatory of Arco Latino (Italy).
- To improve existing agricultural training systems and the quality of the training itself,
- To increase and make possible the implementation of innovative practices,
- To enable the various partners to work in an international cooperative environment.
To professionalize and assist teachers and trainers working in agricultural schools in order to teach local and sustainable food systems.
The partners will develop and disseminate common and innovative educational tools to help teachers and trainers throughout Europe to transmit LSFS’s knowledge and skills.
A toolkit will be produced and will be available for free on the project website.
- A diagnosis and a comparative analysis about LSFS
- A diagnosis in each partners country and a comparative analysis about innovative pedagogical practices
- A diagnosis of needs about pedagogical tools for LFSF teaching.
Teaching kit, based on the results of the preliminary reports