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Farm succession in Europe
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 28 Feb 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Although farming is of vital importance for the world’s food production, small-scale family farms are disappearing at a rapid pace everywhere in Europe, since many of them lack successors. The last phase on the farm life cycle seems to be a crucial period in this phenomenon. According to Belgian academics, the transfer itself is one of the most difficult stages in the development of family farms, it is the “major bottleneck in the farm life cycle”1. If the transmission process has not been prepared properly, and the generations concerned the succession are not guided the transmission process can easily fail. Old and young farmers, coming from one family or having non-kin relations needed to be prepared and guided along the different phases of the succession in order to ensure the maintanance and survival of family farms. This Erasmus + project proposal, entitled “Farm succession in Europe” brings together various actors from different European countries to gain and more accurate insight into the transferring process and to work out new methods and tools to enhance quality and effectiveness in understanding and guiding farm succession processes, including non-family succession. The objective of this project is to share our resources, explicit our knowledge, diffuse best practices of farm succession and illustrate them with concrete cases. Special attention will also be given to the understanding and influencing of contextual parameters that influence the farm succession process, both on a national and European level. Legacy, fiscal rules, tax regulation, social security laws etc. Will thus also be taken into consideration. We also aim to spread our knowledge, methods and experiences to a larger public as much of it remains at present to a small group of experts. At the end of the project a diffusion event will be organised and recommendations will be articulated for farmers, facilitators, and policy makers. Therefore we have to create methods for sharing tacit knowledge (connecting people with people). The project aims to contribute to the farm succession process, to develop common knowledge and tools which can be used by advisor to support farmers facing farm transmission. By using the tools to be developed, not only professional counsellors but also the wider farmer society can learn how to ensure the continuity of farming. This Erasmus + project proposal will be composed of a core group of 5 partners in four countries. Each of them collaborates with a wide range of local partners, both private and public, entrepreneurial, citizen driven and academic. This local partners will be involved as much as possible in the activities either as learning partners or as external experts.
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