Dr. Maura Farrell (who recently participated in the “Women in the Agri-Food Sector” panel discussion at the recent Women in Agriculture National dialogue) and her team at the University of Galway are leading a new research project running across 10 countries in Europe focusing on enhancing the role of women in agriculture, rural life and affairs. The Horizon Europe project, FLIARA, which stands for Female-Led Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas was launched on the 11th of January 2023. This new project proposes a unique and innovative approach to improve understanding, awareness and recognition of women’s role in a more sustainable rural future, as well as developing more effective policy and governance frameworks that can support and enhance the capacity of women who live and work in these areas to contribute to it.
Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, FLIARA is a three-year project, which aims to combine futures and case study methods, alongside network building and policy benchmarking, while being underpinned by a co-created conceptual and assessment framework. It will actively involve female farmers and female rural entrepreneurs.
The diverse project partnership, includes universities, SMEs and other practitioners across 10 EU countries. For more information, see here.