3-4 November 2015, Sicily, Italy
In May 2015, the European Commission established a group of experts to tackle the issue of New entrants into farming.
This group is part of the EIP-AGRI Focus Groups, established to foster innovation on a number of agriculture and rural development issues. Focus Groups collect and summarise knowledge on best practices in a specific field, listing problems as well as opportunities. They take stock of the state of play in research and practice and highlight possible solutions to the identified problems. Based on this, the groups suggest innovative actions and ideas for applied research and for testing solutions in the field, involving farmers, advisers, and other practitioners.
The expert group on New Entrants specifically seeks to:
The group particularly focuses on the features, needs and innovative potential of newcomers.
After a first meeting in June in Portugal, the experts group is meeting on the 3rd and 4th November in Sicily, Italy. The objectives of this meeting are to finalise the content and proposals of the thematic mini-papers produced by the Focus Group, as well as to agree on key findings and on next steps for research, experimentation and dissemination. Access to land is one of the four main topics of the group.
A number of members and close partners of our organisations are members of the Focus group. Look out for conclusions and next steps!