Farmers, land managers and their organisations are important players for the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the agriculture sector in Europe. Dispersed in fragmented production units, small farmers face high transaction costs in competitive markets. By working more closely, getting organised and creating networks, they will be able to achieve economies of scale, access to information and knowledge, sustainably manage natural resources and engage in political fora.
The EU BOND project activities created a ‘menu à la carte’ of relevant tools already existing or newly created to support continuous learning and sharing within the BOND community.
The objective was to provide the farmers, land managers and their organisations already involved or newly created through the BOND project, methodologies and tools to tailor and implement sensitisation, awareness raising and capacity development events on bonding, bridging and linking topics. It also sought to strengthen leadership and management skills, service delivery and advocacy.
The resources cover a number of different thematic areas regarding grass-root level farmer organisations as well as national and regional level platforms of farmers and land managers to support them to engage in group mobilisation, strategic processes for organisational structuring and policy dialogue on relevant issues.
The selected topics were the priority areas identified by the BOND community during the study-tours, the Cordoba Forum and the Training of Trainers. Moreover, such topics were the areas of dialogue and collective reflection chosen for the 10 national workshops implemented in 2019.