Organic agriculture, experience of Poland

Mariusz Maciejczak, professor from department of Economics and Organisation of Enterprises from Institute of Economics and Finance SGGW and also expert of Polish Centre for Accreditation, gives insight to European Union food quality standards and its impact on the development of the agri-food sector in Poland, that include three main elements: food security, food safety and food quality.

Vertical farms, where crops are grown all year round

Precision farming and robotics systems will enable farms to become more profitable, efficient and environmentally friendly. This function is already performed by vertical farms, where crops are grown all year round, using much less water and energy than traditional agriculture. Vertigo Farms, the plants are not only cultivated in a completely ecological way, but also thanks to supercritical extraction with carbon dioxide they obtain maximum nutritional value.

The main problems of farmers in Poland, as experience of Serbian farmers

Łukasz Czech provides lecture from the perspective of a farmer, entrepreneur and rural advisor, based on his personal, practical experience. Experts presents current main problems of farmers in Poland, including access to capital, contact with administration, problem with sales and prices, lack of water, unfair position of retailers; shattered structure of agriculture, as well as low bargain position, which is a crucial issue for farmers. 

High Nature Value Farming, two EU funded initiatives - cluster projects implemented in Poland

Wojtek Szpociński, chairman of the Development Policy Foundation provides examples of two EU funded initiatives - cluster projects implemented in Poland, dealing with certain areas related to High Nature Value Farming: Conservation and recreation of wetland habitats in Biebrza Valley, being one of Natura 2000 Area in Poland and the project Carp Valley, regarding “Living Eco-Communities” implemented in Western Malopolska. 

Training “Green Economy and Entrepreneurship”

In the period from June 16th to 18th, 2020, the Network for Rural Development of Serbia held a program-specific training "Green Economy and Entrepreneurship". The training was realized in Mala Remeta on Fruška Gora in the restaurant “Lugarnica” within the Networking and Advocacy for Green Economy project (NAGE) which is financed by the European Union, where the Network for rural development of Serbia is one of the partners.

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) is a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development, and how to boost them, particularly in marginalised rural areas across Europe, with a focus on the Mediterranean region (including non-EU) where there is limited evidence of outcomes and supporting conditions.

Two very important documents were prepared within the project:

Training "Green economy and entrepreneurship "

In the period from 13th to 15th March 2020 in the hotel "Liders" in Vrnjacka Banja was held a program specific training on the topic "Green economy and entrepreneurship ".

The training was conducted within the Networking and Advocacy for Green Economy project (NAGE) which is financed by the European Union, where the Network for rural development of Serbia is one of the partners.

North Macedonia - Rural youth and women employment, based on the social entrepreneurship and collective short supply chain

National training “Rural youth and women employment, based on the social entrepreneurship and collective short supply chain” was held on 25th and 26th October 2019 in Demir Kapija, North Macedonia. 

Training was organized through the project “Innovative Support to employment of Rural marginalized groups – SyneRgi” supported by Visegrad International Fund.

On training, youth and women from short supply chains developed capacities about social entrepreneurship, role of LAGs in short supply chains development and short supply chains.

Serbia - Rural youth and women employment, based on the social entrepreneurship and collective short supply chain

National training “Rural youth and women employment, based on the social entrepreneurship and collective short supply chain” was held on 25 and 26 October 2019 in Kraljevo, Serbia.

On training, youth and women from short supply chains developed capacities about social entrepreneurship, role of LAGs in short supply chains development and short supply chains.
Trainers were selected by Network for rural development of Serbia from participants of the trainings of trainers organized in earlier phase of the project.