Acte de colloque : The impact of agricultural science 1850-2016: from a gentleman’s amusement to the saviour or the world?
by Par Paul BRASSLEY
02 05 2017
Most interesting book from the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE), just released : “Poor livestock producers, the environment and the paradoxes of development policies” by Dr J P Pradère.
A superb book (102 pages, 117 references, 11 chapters, numerous tables, figures and inserts in multicolors). Brilliant from the beginning to the end. Anyone having links with rural developments and livestock should at least read the most stimulating conclusion ” The paradoxes of development policies and the consequences of the marginalisation of poor farmers”. The OIE should be complemented to have supported such a study and report and congratulations to the author : great job“. MT.
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Latest news from the Chairperson of the Electronic Working Group about the new UEAA commission: “agricultural education”
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We remind you that at the last general meeting of October 11, 2016 in Paris, a new commission called “agricultural education” has been created.
This commission will focus initially on technical agricultural education in order to produce a report on the various challenges that currently meet the farmers and particularly the young ones across Europe in running their own business and how could adequate technical agricultural education could assist them to better understand the changes in agriculture of today and tomorrow and help them to cope with those in the most efficient manner.”
A working group tries to gather examples of experience in the field of agricultural education.
I thank our colleagues of the Slovak Academy of Agricultural Sciences and of Agricultural Sciences of Georgia for their answer but we need to go further on.
For exemple, in Occitanie, a new administrative Region in South of France (main cities : Toulouse and Montpellier), we organized in February 2017, a regional gathering to discuss together with the leaders of agricultural colleges, the regional representatives and the professional representatives about the feature of farmers, their education at school and more widely about the future of agriculture in France.
The challenge of these conferences was to make them not only a space for exchanges and meetings but also, to capitalize on the specificities of agricultural production and agri-food quality; Give ambition to the agricultural and agronomic education of the new region, notably through the new forms of close relationship between the institutions and their territories.
Aims and Objectives: Display an ambition and a regional will around the axis: “Produce, train and consume in other ways by enhancing territorial specificities”.
This can be reflected in:
- Expand the regional pattern of agricultural holdings in high schools to the scale of the new Region
- Valorize organic / quality training, develop the oenology / sommellerie sector
- Sensitize and train young people to produce it differently
- Allow the establishment to anticipate the changes in the agricultural and rural world, to reflect on its territorial anchorage and its transformation and accompanying actions.
- Strengthen the link with higher education and research around the axis “agriculture – agronomy”
J P Bastié, Paris, 3 4 17
News from the Académie d’Agriculture de France : our colleague observer at the UEAA steering committee, Dr Agnes Ricroch, is appointed as Secretary of Life Sciences Section of the French Academy of Agriculture.
Creation of a new commission: “agricultural education”
(see report of the General Assembly and of the Steering Committee reports
Paris, 11-12 October 2016)
A note from the Chairperson of this Electronic Working Group – J P Bastié (France)
At the general meeting of October 11, 2016 in Paris, it was officially recorded the establishment of a commission “agricultural education”.
This commission will focus initially on technical agricultural education, and the medium term objective, would be to produce a report on the various challenges that currently meet the farmers and particularly the young ones across Europe in running their own business and how could adequate technical agricultural education could assist them to better understand the changes in agriculture of today and tomorrow and help them to cope with those in the most efficient manner. We believe that farmers should make a decent living out of their production and to reach this goal, training and education are a critical key process.
Inspector General of the agriculture (Honorary), I am a local councilor in Bagnères de Luchon, who made the most of his career in agricultural education with responsibilities at the local level (school head of 3 agricultural schools), regional (responsible regional agricultural education in Aquitaine) and national (Deputy Director of the action of the educational community).
I proposed to the new president of the UEAA Thibier Michel, who is a friend and a colleague from the Academy of Agriculture of France with which I had the honor to work when I was Deputy Director and himself general manager in charge of agricultural education and French research, solicit the network of UEAA to mobilize agricultural schools to become even more than today major players accompanying a changing agriculture.
We believe working as an electronic working group with members UEAA across Europe. The principle of this group is based on exchange: the exchange of information, exchange of good practice and will be hosted at my level to be as light as your workload.
The first item we could think of would be to report on the state of the art in 2017:
What level of education is required for a person to start to run a farm?
- In what kind of schools does this person get trained?
- To achieve this we will set a questionnaire that we would send to you to fill.
Secondly, collect more precisely the practices and proposals for action on the following topics:
- How can the school become a major development actor with a strong insertion in its territory and relations increased with local partners (local authorities, farming profession, parents …)?
- How farms and technology workshops can they increase their role in technology transfer and innovation?
- What training to support agriculture mutation: initial and continuing training (linked to higher education)?
- What farmer profile of tomorrow to face the challenges and changes?
- How openness to the world through international cooperation can promotes local dynamics?
- How improove the link between sellers and incoming?
In the longer term, these exchanges in the GTE should promote the networking of these settlements at EU level, and enable exchanges of good practices and the establishment of a genuine European cooperation.
Before going forward in the implementation of this GTE, I would appreciate your input on the proposed method as above, knowing that an assessment will be made at the forthcoming general meeting in Florence in 2018.
For better efficiency of our work, it will be essential to have in each country a referent (you or someone you recommend us), knowing that I myself, am engaged to lead this commission at the UEAA level.