CAPTIVATE Project Launch
The Kick-Off meeting of the new CAPTIVATE (CAP Transfer of Information Via Assessment, Training & Extension) project, supported by the Erasmus+ programme (KA220-VET - Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training) was held in Budapest, Hungary, hosted by the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (project coordinator), between 2-3 December 2021.
The main aim of the project is to develop a farmer-centred assessment and training system by connecting the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) requirements with proven, innovative, sustainable eco-management practices, in favour of better implementation of the various measures, increased uptake of support, improved efficiency in production and protection of the natural environment. Our objective is that farmers better understand conditionality, eco-scheme and rural development regulations and their linked undertakings, they choose (supported by a farm assessment tool) and participate in the certain schemes with more responsibility and awareness, carrying out the measures more consciously and effectively.
For farmers to be able to apply the practices in a professional, efficient, successful and sustainable way, it is essential that they understand how they work, the production (and not only support) benefits they can expect from their application, they are genuinely convinced to introduce and maintain these methods in production practice. Only then can meaningful progress be achieved, whether it is more efficient use of pesticides, higher yields, or less environmental impact. The key to a change in farmers' attitudes is the right transfer of practical knowledge, which requires advisory support, demonstration farms events and forums that bring together actors to transfer knowledge.
The agenda of the Kick-Off meeting aimed to ensure that Partners get to know each other well, they overview the project’s objectives, get introduced by the leading partner of each planned Project Result (PR), discuss the management and financial issues, and agree on launching the steps related to the first two PRs.
The meeting was physically attended by every project partner, having an open, collaborative, and creative atmosphere, possibly also enhanced by several good opportunities of socializing with each other.
We are looking forward to working with our project partners and participants in the next three years!
- ÖMKi, Hungary (coordinator)
- Agroinstitut, Slovakia
- FiBL-AT, Austria
- IPS Konzalting, Croatia
- Neumann János University, Hungary