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The overall aim of the project is to foster farmers' entrepreneurial competencies and rural innovations through a new teaching and research collaboration network between Halmstad University in Sweden, Estonian University of Life-Sciences, Latvia University of Agriculture, and Aleksandras Stulginskis University in Lithuania.
Farmers in the Baltic Sea region have been faced with common challenges like agricultural restucturing, Russian ban on agricultural imports, overall slow economic growth, political turmoil, lagging rural incomes and environmental pressures.Entrepreneurial competencies and abilty to innovate are crucial factors that not only help the farmers and rural areas to adapt, but also to succeed in rapildy changing environment.
Halmstad University is an internationally renowned teaching and research centre, now starting up a master programme in Green Agricultural innovation (GAIN). The three Baltic universities, that are also in the process of developing a joint master programme in Agri-Food Business Management, are seeking for collaboration to exchange the best entrepreneurship and innovation teaching practicies that would help them to improve their teaching practicies and materials; and to establish a common ground and interests for research on farm entrepreneurship and rural innovations in order to proceed with joint research projects in the future.
The objective of the project is three fold: firstly, to establish a new network between the Swedish university and the three Baltic universities; secondly to exchange teaching experience and develop cooperation on master-level in Agri-business; thirdly, to start to develop a project application for Horizon 2020.