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Agricultural and Rural Inspiration Awards 2023

Discover the winners and all the finalists of #ARIAwards23

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All ARIA 2023 finalists on stage with the European Commission's representatives during the ARIA Ceremony

What a success!

The Agricultural and Rural Inspiration Awards (ARIA) 2023 celebrated CAP-funded projects that are boosting skills for agriculture and rural areas through lifelong learning, innovation and competitiveness.

This year marked the 5th edition of the competition, which, since 2019, has been highlighting the most inspiring rural development projects co-funded by the EU.

Experts selected 24 projects under four thematic categories related to the objectives of the CAP and a Popular Vote was open throughout the month of November. We received over 13 000 votes, which means that this was the most successful edition of the competition so far!

During the ARIA ceremony on 4 December, in Brussels and online, European Commission representatives unveiled the five winners of ARIA 2023: four thematic winners (one per category), selected by the jury, and the winner of the Popular Vote.

Find out below who are the winners of the competition and browse the rest of the page to discover the other finalists!

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Farm and crops


Safeguarding seasonal work forces during the Covid-19 pandemic and for the future.

Landscape crops

The landscape farm

Eco-farming as a tool for landscape conservation and local identity.

Regional cooperation project + Business + Employment

Regional cooperation project + Business + Employment

Eleven LAGs joined forces to boost rural employment.

Local energy for farmers and citizens

Local energy for farmers and citizens

A rural energy community accelerating the uptake of renewables.

Group of people looking at a couple of pigs

Urban Farm Doetinchem

An urban agriculture project promoting social inclusion.

Resources and other media

Previous Editions

Discover the finalists and winners of the previous editions of RIA – the Rural Inspiration Awards from 2019 to 2022

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News and publications about ARIA, now and in the past

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Communication Kit

Texts and audio-visual material to help you spread the word about #ARIAwards23

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Award Categories

Discover the finalists of the ARIA 2023 competition in the four categories, which reflect on the priorities of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Smart & competitive agriculture

CAP-funded projects that contribute to a smart, competitive, resilient and diversified agricultural sector ensuring long-term food security.

Environmental protection

CAP-funded projects that strengthen environmental protection, including those that enhance biodiversity, tackle climate change, demonstrate sustainability and/or contribute to green recovery.

Socio-economic fabric of rural areas

CAP-funded projects that strengthen the socio-economic resilience of rural Europe, address social aspects innovatively, show a sustainable approach that improves digitalisation in rural areas, make rural society more inclusive and support rural entrepreneurs and businesses.

Rural stakeholders skills

CAP-funded projects that showcase lifelong learning, empower people and companies to contribute to green and digital transitions and support innovation and competitiveness.