Adult education addresses three distinct sets of priorities in socio economic development: the needs and goals of individuals, the needs and goals of the institution, and the needs and goals of the society. Adult education program in agriculture has reached a significant level of importance. Local academic systems should accept responsibility for offering adult education programs that meet the needs of the agriculture/agribusiness industry and entrepreneurs. In modern times, generation and application of agricultural knowledge demand that people working and seeking jobs in agriculture academic and business sector pursue education beyond secondary schools. Local adult agriculture programs can address this demand through carefully prepared and evidence based curricula provision. Project objectives are therefore structured to enhance the cooperation between academia and business sectors in agriculture field and to particularly address the training needs of adult agriculture educators who are the primary target group of the project that will consequently improve the system of adult education in the field of agriculture and rural development in Europe wide communities in the East and South.
Through its milestone activities grouped under training courses, webinars, online platform and web site development, Methodology and training syllabus on establishing and operating the LLL agri-units within open-university approach and setting up of the LLL agri-units, the Agri Base project will target 300 adult agriculture educators per country (3000 in total) who will be the key resource for further impact and long term benefits in the cooperation between academia and business sector in the field.
The consortium approach in forming the Value Added Partnership will have a multiplier effect in terms of: (1) Access to a broader and higher quality range of professional development; (2) Stronger platform for succession planning and dissemination; (3) Better use of resources; (4) Increased innovation potential of wider European regions, and (5) Fostered potential for replication, sustainability and impact in a number of European agricultural communities in the East and South.