The CAPTIVATE project provides an innovative, complex and targeted method for agricultural producers and extension service providers to improve their knowledge in sustainability domain through the following activities:
- CAP Eco-Practice Knowledge Base
We will systematically process the relevant legislation and extract the information which is practically meaningful for their realization at the farm level. This will be accompanied with the overview, selection and mapping of best eco-practices, which are the most suitable to meet the certain CAP regulations. The result will be represented in a user-friendly online knowledge base, and serve as the foundation of learning content for green skills.
- Eco-Farm Assessment Tool
The project aims for the development of an Eco-Farm Assessment Tool, evaluating the needs, skills and attitudes of farmers, as well as the characteristics and ecological potential of their farms allow to create a context-dependent, individualized planning path which builds on the prior knowledge and context of the farmers. The tool will support the transfer of knowledge, enabling partners and participants to gain deeper insight into each farmer’s profile, technical and soft skill, attitude, motivation and other aspects, and also to monitor progress.
- Knowledge Management Platform (IT modules)
In order to present a one-stop-shop access to all materials and services created and curated by the CAPTIVATE project, and to support the exploitation of those results, a Digital Platform will be developed. The platform will have a practical purpose as today, especially after the last one and half year living under the pandemic, digital communication and virtual information management methods became a regular and familiar environment for the members of the extension network, and also more widely used by the primary production sector (farmers, foresters, rural entrepreneurs). On the other hand, by channelling all project results through our digital platform, we will have the opportunity to further increase its adoption and contribute strongly to the horizontal priority of the project as well (addressing digital transformation through development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity).
- Learning (OER) modules
The CAPTIVATE project organises methodological training and develops modular, sample teaching materials on high importance areas in green farming, that supports the exploitation of the knowledge base and the assessment tool on the digital platform as a package. A two-staged pilot learning programme will be organised around the implementation of the results. The main innovative element of this project result is to amalgamate the new results and developments to a complete package, with the development and testing of a sound methodology and sample materials. The participants of the training will be members of the extension network (advisors, specialists) primarily, who will transfer the knowledge received to their farmer partners.
- Methodology and Implementation Guidelines
All the developed services and experiences of the project will be summarized and published in two concise handbooks, covering relevant methodological guidelines, first one for "early adopters", so that the results can be readily exploited right at the introductory phase of the new CAP, and the second one by concluding all project experiences. We are connecting with our two issues to the two main phases of knowledge transfer. The Guides will provide detailed information on the modules and content of the CAPTIVATE digital platform, as well as contextual information and a step-by-step guide on how to use them together.