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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-01-01 - 2026-12-31

Women, in all of their diversity, play a central role in agriculture and food systems in rural areas. Their knowledge, skills, labour and leadership, however, are frequently invisible and undervalued. At present, the European agricultural sector is characterized by high levels of inequality. Women remain under-represented in agricultural associations and, as a result, their perspectives and rights are not reflected in policies, programmes and legal frameworks. The exclusion of women working on family farms from social security schemes and the low levels of female farm ownership are indicative of persistent structural inequalities in rural areas. SWIFT’s overall objective is to foster transitions towards sustainable, balanced and inclusive development of rural areas in Europe by favouring the deployment of women-led innovations acting for change in agriculture, promoting gender equality in rural areas from an intersectional, feminist and human rights-based perspective, and facilitating a change of framing in agriculture to address the social realities that perpetuate inequalities. SWIFT focuses on grassroots innovations in rural areas that are led by women and aim at overcoming the barriers women and other social groups find in agriculture while building sustainable food systems. We focus on those innovations because they fulfil the main objectives of SWIFT: firstly, making visible women actions in rural areas that contribute to enhancing territorial cohesion and enabling a just and sustainable transition of food systems and rural areas that leave no-one behind; secondly, those bottom-up community-led innovations empower women to develop, test and upscale solutions that address their challenges in locally adapted ways in agriculture; thirdly, through the analysis of those innovations we can provide empirical evidence that contribute to change current framings of food and explore tools and ways to support new policy responses. SWIFT will go beyond the state of the art both in developing new theoretical frameworks, participatory methodologies co-designed with stakeholders and also practical tools that can facilitate gender mainstreaming in agricultural and rural policies that foster a transition towards sustainable, just and inclusive development of rural areas in Europe.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-11-01 - 2023-05-01

The project “Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa”, follows the objective to successfully introduce knowledge hubs as an innovative strategy for the promotion of organic agriculture in West, Eastern, North, Southern and Central Africa. The project addresses key issues for the promotion of a transformation towards organic agriculture and a sustainable food system. Validating and disseminating knowledge and strengthening the networks of relevant actors empowers current initiatives, broadens the recognition of the transformation and unifies stakeholders under common interests. As part of the KCOA project, a feasibility study for transdisciplinary trainings will be conducted. Transdisciplinary trainings can create valuable linkages between actors at different levels and disciplines and can thereby contribute to a long-term investment in training of multipliers an in creating a enabling environment.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-06-01 - 2023-05-31

The project "Climate Impacts of Soil Conservation Systems in Drylands in the Wagram Climate Region" builds on previous work on soil conservation, aims to shed light on it from a new point of view, in line with the questions posed above, and contributes to the development of strategies for future challenges. Water balances shall provide an insight into the water dynamics in the soil and thus contribute to a better evaluation of the benefits of soil protection systems. Easy-to-use mobile measurement systems for further use after the end of the project will be developed. The measurement results provide important data for research beyond the practical benefits and the issues addressed are of great relevance in the scientific assessment of climate adaptation strategies. Objectives are (1) the Assessment and survey of climate impacts of soil conservation systems in drylands and (2) the evaluation of production conditions for regional organic vegetable production by soil conservation system. Translated with (free version)

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