Smart Village competition in Finland - villages look to the future and develop smart services
Finland's Smartest Village competition is looking for villages that develop their services in the fields of healthcare, education, energy, mobility, locally produced food, retail sale, hobbies and culture in the most active and smart way.
Smart Villages is a European Union-wide theme and the competition will show how services in villages can be improved and innovation and cooperation be increased. MORE
Business Development for Women - tailored support for female rural entrepreneurs
To unlock the full potential of female entrepreneurship in rural areas, the project provided a business training programme to 60 women, giving them the knowledge and skills necessary to create a business plan for developing their rural business.
Participating women benefited from networking opportunities, theoretical courses and participated in practical exercises based on real cases. In addition, a Facebook group was created to facilitate networking and peer support amongst the female entrepreneurs. MORE
ALTIBIOTIQUE – campaign to decrease the use of antibiotics on animal livestock
Antimicrobial resistance among livestock is a rather complex problem requiring concerted efforts of microbiologists, ecologists, policymakers, farmers and advisors.
The Belgian ALTIBIOTIQUE campaign promotes alternative methods to maintain healthy livestock and decrease the use of antibiotics. Through training sessions, preventive solutions to better manage animal health are being promoted. Since 2011, a cumulative reduction of antibiotics by 20% was achieved. MORE
Development of broadband connection infrastructure
For rural areas, a reliable, high-speed internet connection is a precondition for stimulating growth, job creation and investments. By combining EAFRD and ERDF funding, the Lithuanian PRIP project laid 485 km of fibre-optic cable and established 426 broadband internet access points, making it one of the first winners of the European Broadband Awards in 2015. MORE
Improving the sustainability of a Slovak forest
Climate change, fires, erosion and diseases can pose a major threat to spruce forests all over the EU. In Slovakia’s Volovec mountains, more than 500.000 new seedlings of mainly beech and maple were planted to safeguard the long-term viability of the forest.
The initiative is strengthening the forest´s biodiversity and production potential and ensures that the forest is healthier and resistant to external influences. In addition, a new road allows to access the forest to carry out important management work and fight fire outbreaks. MORE
Renewable energy sources for year-round greenhouse installations
Heating is a significant cost factor for year-round greenhouse installations. With the financial support from LEADER, a small Hungarian family business demonstrates how the switch to renewable energies has significantly reduced the heating costs by about 1/3 while protecting the environment. At the same time, the neighbouring wood industries and the local economy were strengthening. MORE
Transnational cooperation for short food supply-chains
A transnational cooperation between France and Portugal has set itself the goal to tighten the relations between urban and rural areas in order to strengthen short supply-chains for local food.
The results are impressive: a deeper cooperation between all partners of the supply-chain has not only created jobs but also enhanced product quality as well as environmental sustainability. MORE
Young Hungarian farmer shows the way to go
Of interest for young farmers and new entrants is the path that a young Hungarian farmer went.
The case demonstrates how to successfully benefit from different EU funds in order to build an innovative Mangalica swine-farm. MORE
Natura 2000 remains a hot topic - a co-operative implementation is key
The German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is exemplary for how a consistent cooperation between land users and conservationists and with the support of EAFRD resources a successful implementation of Natura 2000 can be achieved. This approach has not only boosted biodiversity but equally improved the quality of life for locals and supported the economy. MORE