Development of an innovative community farming model for Med youth, Women and NEETS managed by social actors as a tool for fair and just delivery of social services
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.2 Social and solidarity economy
The percentage of the population at risk of poverty and social exclusion has increased in 2010 and 2011 in the EUMCs and regional inequalities are widening. In the MPCs, inequality is steadily increasing. The socio-economic analysis and the related data have shown that poverty is concentrated among vulnerable groups (Youth, Women, NEETS) which are the last ones to benefit from growth. In the light of the complexities of today’s social challenges and the alarming effects of the economic crisis on Mediterranean countries and societies, and considering the long-term impact of COVID-19 pandemic, expanding outreach and improving the quality of services to the general population has become imperative. Access to services for populations the most in need has to be carefully planned and addressed. In this project, we aim at improving equitable and just delivery of social services to vulnerable groups through mobilizing women and NEETS from rural communities into an innovative green sustainable organic community farming system and cooperative living, focusing on solidarity concept and capitalizing on previously EU-funded successful projects.
Poor populations represent a potential market that can be harnessed once economic operators manage to adapt to the specificities and needs of this type of consumer. A “poverty-friendly” economic approach could foster lower-cost products and services benefitting the majority, for which women and NEETS would be a link in the value chain. In addition, transitioning from informal to formal employment should be addressed. Indeed, empowerment also requires the capacity to turn youth’s economic activities into recognized, valued activities entitling them to social protection schemes.
The development of a community farming model in rural Med areas, as an innovative economic model inspired by social and solidarity economy principles will allow to empower community and strengthen community living concept.
This project will be executed in 2 pilot projects in 2 rural areas in the Mediterranean partner countries (Lebanon and another partner country). The project focuses on agriculture, which is more sustainable, providing alternative solutions to environmental problems through recycling, renewable energy and organic production of goods. This project will benefit from the outputs and success stories of previously EU-funded projects to create a community farming system involving rural youth, women and NEETS, using eco-friendly farming tools and waste management models. The innovation resides in the adoption of a new economic model for community farming, a global concept simple and easy to replicate, including new social activities and aiming at strengthening the community and providing a safe enabling environment managed by social actors. While social and solidarity economy focuses on small-scale activities, our project focuses on mega-farming to address raw material purchase costs and other limitations.
-Improve the quality of production
-Provide jobs to youth, women and NEETS
-Turn youth’s economic activities into recognized, valued activities
-Facilitate access of youth, women and NEETS to social protection schemes and support services
-Promote sustainable living, food security and equitable growth
-Facilitate access to market through linking the community farming model to social actors' outlets
-Empower community
-Empower community living
-Reinforce public-private partnership and social actors
-Equitable social and health services through influencing public health policies and ensuring enabling environment
-Replication of this project and adoption by any community in the world
From EUPC and MPC
500K-1M Euros- to be determined
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