The project REWARD: Raising Employability of Women through entrepreneurial Activities fostering Rural Development aims at providing rural women with the tools to manage a wide range of multifunctional activities that relate to agriculture and rural cultural heritage.
Entrepreneurship has been identified as a new opportunity for women to deliver alternative services to diversify the scope of their activities and their role in society with effect on social inclusion, poverty and economic development in rural areas. As multifunctional farming is a sector that offers opportunities for integrating heritage values into strategies for economic and social sustainability of rural areas, this EU-funded Erasmus+ project seeks to pave the way for integrated and new business activities.
Over the past year, the project progressed significantly and reached several milestones. The summary report “The Situation of Women in rural areas: employment and opportunities linked to multifunctionality and cultural heritage” was released to provide a broad vision of the situation of women and their role in rural society. One of the main findings is that the more multifunctional our agriculture becomes, the greater the role of women. Each of the partners selected, in their respective countries, 5 case studies of women entrepreneurs in European rural areas that develop activities fostering rural development linked to cultural heritage. These case studies will be used to create best practices as well as help form the training modules for the final output of the project.
The next step of the project is the development of the case studies chosen and of the training materials in order to equip women in rural areas with the entrepreneurial skills necessary for integrated and new business activities. The upcoming partner meeting will take place in Krakow, Poland in Spring hosted by the Centrum Doradztwa Rolniczego w Brwinowie.
Project No: 2018-1-FR01-KA202-047809