On Monday 29 June 2015, the final MULTIFARM_EU Project Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium. The project provides European farmers with a training tool to help farms become more multifunctional in order to foster European young farmers’ entrepreneurship and the vitality of European rural areas. MULTIFARM_EU aimed to further disseminate the Agri-Multifunctionality II Project which had come before it and transferred it to a broader audience by providing it in the Polish language, as the old tool only existed in Spanish, Italian, French, German and English.
CEJA, the Project Coordinator, organised all four MULTIFARM_EU conferences across the project’s lifetime including one in Italy, one in Spain, one in Poland, and today’s conference in Brussels, Belgium. Other outcomes of the project included two videos created by CEJA on the subject of multifunctionality, with one focusing on agro-tourism, environment and landscape protection, renewables and energy efficiency while the other concentrated on short supply chains, on-farm processing and direct selling. There is also a new website for the project, which, as with the entirety of the project’s results and training platform, is now also available in Polish.
The advantages of agri-multifunctionality, detailed below, are widely acknowledged.
o revitalises rural areas;
o improves the prosperity of rural economy;
o positively impacts the environment;
o secures increased sustainability for farms (if one activity fails – they can still stay alive thanks to other(s)); and
o allows farmers to be self-sufficient.
These advantages have been disseminated through the development of web material and videos detailing what agri-multifunctionality techniques are available and how to implement, which were aimed directly at farmers. The MULTIFARM_EU Project began on 1 January 2014 and will end 30 June 2015.