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SOCIAL FARMING IN EUROPE: Consortium joins The FASST Closing Meeting in Tetovo, Macedonia

On September 19th, 2019 the Consortium met with the other 9 partners from 5 Countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Macedonia and Spain) in Tetovo, Macedonia, to discuss specific points of FASST (Formazione per Agricoltura Sociale e Sviluppo Territoriale), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

FASST objective is to advance the effectiveness of Social Farming at systemic and practice levels by developing concrete and relevant training for the sector (both providers of services and social farmers), deliver the training to validate its relevance and accuracy, develop a system of sustainability, mainstreaming and uptake of the training through the OER Platform beyond EC co-financing.

During the project, an OER Platform has been created with free access for everyone so that social farming operators and interested parties can have access to the developed training courses. Such modules were indeed developed on the basis of an in-depth research at EU level and in the Countries involved ( Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Macedonia, Spain) which highlighted a great deal of unexplored and unexploited potential for social inclusion, employability and rural development, undermined by the lack of a coherent regulatory framework and definition at EU and national levels which very few EU Member States have. The final report is available at http://www.fasstproject.eu/pdf/FASST_IO2_Final_Report.pdf.

Partners then tested the training courses on more than 300 representatives of target groups, getting feedback for further fine-tuning of the courses. 12 training modules were produced and available at http://www.fasstproject.eu/training.php in 5 languages (Bulgarian, English, Italian, Macedonian, Spanish)

During the meeting, Partners reviewed all the deliverables produced over the last 2 years and finalised the guidelines for future trainings as a reference for further exploitation of project results.