AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND NEW COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (CAP)


Towards new agronomic trainings in Europe (FANCAM project).

FancamEUROPEA associations (Europe of the agricultural Education) of 9 European countries (Belgium, Spain, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Slovakia) appropriated the problem of the equivalence of the agricultural trainings to the objectives of the PAC.

Within the framework of a project Leonardo da Vinci, 9 partners elaborate the referential of innovative professions, identifying the new skills to be mastered to answer the development of a multifunctional agriculture.

Leonardo da Vinci Programme 2004-2006
FANCAM PROJECT : agricultural trainings and new competences for a multifunctional agriculture

The reform of the common agricultural policy within the European Union is aiming towards a multifunctional agriculture. This observation can be drawn from the exposés presented by Mr. Albert Massot-Marti, member of the European Parliament (“The reform of the CAP and multifunctional agriculture : a new concept of support for the new activities of the European farmer”) and of Mr. J.L. Salinas, Professor at the Mediterranean Agricultural Institute of Montpellier “the European models of farm trainings for families of the rural world : future prospects”) on the occasion of the general Assembly of Europea which took place in Reus (Spain) from 22 to 26 May 2002.
Market agriculture will gradually give way to a more reasoned territory agriculture, more respectful of the environment and of the biological diversity of the landscape. This new approach will lead to the creation of new occupations and will require the mastery of new competences i.e. of new knowledge, new know-how and new inter-personal skills. In order to reflect these changes, the curricula of trainings will have to be reviewed and new initial or continued trainings, will have to be implemented.

Taking these reflections into consideration, the members of Europea international, a non-for-profit association under Belgian law, which gathers national associations of member countries of the European Union and candidates to EU accession, have decided to take this problematic on board and to give mandate to Europea Belgium to put forward for funding a project the objective of which is to carry out this reflection within the framework of a transnational partnership.
The request for subsidization was introduced in 2003 within the framework of a call for tender for project 2004-2006 and the convention between Europea Belgium and the national Belgian Agency “Agence FSE Leonardo” was signed in October 2004.
The project took effect from October 1st 2004 and is due to end on October 1st 2007.

The general objective is to elaborate, in transnational partnership, resource tools to be used at European level:

- identifying new occupations, new work functions, new competences making it possible to meet the development requirements of multifunctional agriculture
- harmonizing methodologies for the implementation of a directory of trainings giving access to occupations in the agricultural sector and references to new occupations and new competences
- harmonizing the presentation of the directory of references with a view to a common reading and understanding of both the documents and their contents
- creating, thanks to the use of new information and communication technologies (NICT) a European network which would make available to target groups those tools enabling the adequacy of training contents to technical, technological and economic developments of the sector and therefore facilitating, on the one hand the mobility of youth during their training path and, on the other hand the recognition and the validation of acquired competences, during the learning process or by a worker, whatever be the place of acquisition because of the common reference system.