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Title: What are the possible training methods and materials for new entry farmers and the innovative agricultural activities and management themes? a preliminary study
Other Titles: Extension education worldwide trends, challenges and cases
Keywords: needs assessment
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: In Portugal, there has been an increase in the number of work places and employment in the agricultural sector. The revitalization of the agricultural sector is related to an increase in exports and new entrants to agriculture. These new entrants are the result of the difficulty in the general economy, economic austerity policies and high unemployment in other economic sectors. The new entrants are growing strawberries in vertical greenhouse production or mushroom reproduction activities and distribution. The preliminary study procures information about training needs and innovative activities from researchers, university professors, advisory services and trainers. The methodology for the study is a survey design that uses a questionnaire with primarily closed questions. The paper will discuss the results from the questionnaire directed at third parties to determine the type of training and educational tools to be used for preparing farmers to diversify farm activities. The educational needs assessment is a part of a European project: RURAL/ITER: Lifelong Learning Programme (project 2012 1- GR1-LEO05- 10058. The paper will also identify the priority training areas or interests to diversify the farm activities and provide a brief historical review about farmer training in Portugal.
Peer Reviewed: yes
Document Type: Conference Object
Appears in Collections:CETRAD - Comunicação em Conferência

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