TOPIC 3 – Learning for innovation and resilience: theory and practice developments  (for training, life-long learning and education of farmers, advisors, teachers and facilitators)

The traditional approach to education must evolve from being a concentrated period at the start of a career to one where learning is an integral lifelong process that equips individuals and communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence to meet and embrace change.

Potential questions to be addressed:

  • Approaches and tools: Which approaches and methodologies are appropriate for collaborative, participative and transdisciplinary learning? Development of new and existing tools to promote collaborative, participative and transdisciplinary learning
  • Next generation: What changes are needed or are happening in the education of the next generation - the nexus of continuity and change (including the digital revolution and the challenges of climate, environment, etc.)
  • Skills: How are generic and specific skills for advisors, teachers and facilitators (at both individual and collective or organisational level) identified, translated into training programmes, tools and methods, and implemented? Development of frameworks to guide CPD for farmers, advisors, teachers and facilitators
  • Systemic changes: How to support farm households through (formal & informal) education in view of systemic changes (new climate challenges, sustainability targets, social & health challenges, etc) How to better connect research, education and communities
  • Reaching the hard-to-reach : How to address/attract people with low/no interest in advisory and education, in EIP agri projects, etc.? How to reach the hard-to-reach?