Project - SOcial Farming - Innovative Agriculture


Description (EN): Social Farming - the practice of offering activity, and in some cases, work experience on family farms and crofts as a form of social support service - is emerging in parts of Europe, and is commonplace in less formalised contexts in many rurla areas. Farming is a key industry within the NPA area and SoFIA seeks to increase farm diversity, by using farms as an innovative public service delivery mechanism. The project is aimed at people with additional support needs in remote and rural areas and will?provide local access to beneficial outdoor activities. This preparatory project: * seeks evidence of the scope and extent of social farming and other similar diversification (e.g. green gyms, education) within the NPA region. * seeks project partners across the NPA region, including farming organisations, and health and care services providers. * will define the target groups and the potential for impact on, in particular, disadvantaged young people, women and indigenous groups.[CP1] Groups might include disabled adults, autistic chldren, people with mental helath problems. * develop a technological approach for impact measurement, with a focus on mental health and well-being. * will conduct an evaluation of social farming in the NPA area. * will establish whether innovation (priority Axis 1) or entrepreneurship (priority Axis 2) is the best focus. * will identify the service delivery agencies and stakeholders best suited for involvement in the main project. * will prepare a main project application. A main project would seek to co-ordinate activity at a transnational level to identify best practice, produce a toolkit to assist remote and rural farms and crofts to set up Social Farming enterprises and establish an evidence base of health and wellbeing impacts on individuals, by using technology to collect information, as well as the wider employment and community impacts.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Agriculture and fisheries and forestry  Rural and peripheral development  Social inclusion and equal opportunities  
Specific Objective: Increased innovation within public service provision in remote, sparsely populated areas
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies

Project Summary

Project name (EN): SOcial Farming - Innovative Agriculture
Project acronym: SoFIA

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2018-12-27


Project start date: 2018-06-01
Project end date: 2018-11-30
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 44.989,71
European Union funding: EUR 29.243,31

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Ulster University
Lead Partner: Ulster University
Department: School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Engineering
Address: Northland Road, Londonderry, United Kingdom
Legal status: public

Department: Rural Development
Address: Millennium Court, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland
Legal status: public
Department: Rural Development
Address: Foreglen Road, Killaloo, Derry-Londonderry, United Kingdom
Legal status: public
Department: Rural Development
Address: Pound Street Business Park, Carndonagh Co Donegal, Ireland
Legal status: public
Address: Kyle Industrial Estate, Kyle of Lochslsh, United Kingdom
Legal status: private

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