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The Project

GAEA is a forward looking project, aiming to improve the quality of entrepreneurship education in the agriculture sector for young women not in employment, not in training (NEETs) living in rural areas. Aligned with the latest EU priorities, GAEA is fully encompassing the priority of sustainable development and green transition in all of its deliverables and activities.

GAEA project (101056279) is funded by Alliances for Innovation, Erasmus + Key Action 2: Cooperation among organisations and institutions.

The project objectives and expected outcomes are:

Objective 1

To empower women from rural areas on the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to pursue opportunities to be entrepreneurial, innovative and generate sustainable growth and employment in agriculture, agrifood and agrotourism.

Expected outcomes:  

  • Increased sense of entrepreneurship and initiative

  • Increased motivation to start an agrifood or agrotourism business based on new sustainable, environment friendly approaches

  • Improved problem-solving and creative thinking skills 

  • Enhanced knowledge of environmentally sustainable practices

  • New soft and hard skills to start and manage agrifood and agrotourism businesses

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Young Female Farmer

Objective 2

To improve the framework conditions and personal and societal mindsets to strengthen resilience, boost innovation, enhance the digital transformation and achieve more responsive, cohesive and future-proof rural communities.

Expected outcomes:  

  • Increased perception of agripreneurship as a feasible career option for/by women 

  • Enhanced access of women to the agrifood and agrotourism sector

  • Increased perceived capabilities of women to become agripreneurs

  • Reduction of the fear of failure among women agripreneurs

  • Openness of rural communities to promote innovation, introduce new practices and engage women in agrifood and agrotourism businesses

  • Access to new role models in the entrepreneurial world. 

Objective 3

To promote new professional pathways and tailored career counselling, guidance and mentoring for women in rural areas by linking training and educational contents to skills that can be easily understood by the labour market, thus making up- and re-skilling processes an important tool to reduce skills gaps and tackle skills mismatches. 

Expected outcomes:  

  • New opportunities to access career guidance tailored to the specific needs of women agripreneurs

  • Access to new role models in the entrepreneurial world 

  • Enhanced transparency and recognition of training/learning by labour market stakeholders

  • Increased awareness and self-awareness on women’s skills 

  • Increased alignment of labour market needs/demand and skills offer.

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Woman watering her cabbage garden

Objective 4

Build a long-lasting multidisciplinary and multistakeholder Alliance that can co-create and transfer knowledge and exchange practices to solve societal challenges and labour market needs, and advocate for more informed policies concerning the role of women in agripreneurship, agrifood and agrotourism.

Expected outcomes:  

  • Enhanced dialogue with policy-makers and decision-makers

  • Increased networking and collaborative opportunities

  • Reinforced links and synergies between education and training institutions and agribusinesses

  • New professional development opportunities for trainers and educators 

  • Increased awareness on the need to adopt a gender mainstreaming approach to policy-making

  • More evidence-based conclusions available to policy-makers and decision-makers.

Objective 5

To enhance the cooperation between education and training, research, labour market, the public sector and the business sector to foster the adoption of common European competence frameworks (with special reference to EntreComp and DigComp) and instruments (such as ESCO) that increase transparency and recognition of skills.

Expected outcomes:  

  • Enhanced transparency and recognition of training/learning by labour market actors

  • Adoption of EU-wide competence frameworks and instruments by education and training institutions

  • Further expansion of skills-oriented training/learning opportunities

  • Valorization of ESCO

  • Increased uptake of micro-credentials.

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Target Groups

Target Groups – Direct Beneficiaries
  • Women neither in employment nor in education and training (NEET situation) living in rural areas

  • Women with a migrant background

  • Higher education students (HE students)

  • Higher education staff (HE staff) - Academia

  • VET trainers and professionals providing career consulting services

Target Groups- Indirect Beneficiaries
  • Higher Education Institutes (HEIs)

  • VET providers, other training organizations

  • Enterprises involved in agribusiness (agriculture, agri-food, agro-tourism)

  • Agribusiness associations

  • Organizations supporting agribusiness

  • Policy makers and national agencies promoting sustainability

  • Regional and local authorities

  • Organizations dealing with environmental issues

  • Local communities in rural areas

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