Event - Workshop

EU CAP Network workshop ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’

The EU CAP Network workshop ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’ took place in Krakow, Poland from Wednesday 17 April to Thursday 18 April 2024.

  • - CEST
  • English
  • Krakow, Poland
  • In-person
Seven women carry out a discussion group meeting in a rural setting

The call for expression of interest closed on 05 February 2024.

The agenda outline is available below.

The language of the event was English. There was no interpretation.

Background information

Women play a vital role in civil society and economic growth in rural areas. They are at the helm of viable farm businesses, and vibrant rural areas and communities. Women are key actors in the rural economy as farmers and other entrepreneurs engaged in off-farm work in multiple sectors. Additionally, women often assume responsibility for the care and welfare of their family members. Yet, despite their crucial contribution, many women suffer from a rather 'invisible role’, facing numerous challenges such as discrimination and difficulties in accessing the labour market. This situation is exacerbated by the prevalence of rural women participating in informal and vulnerable employment. Often, such employment is inadequately compensated and lacks connections to social protection or pension schemes, which could potentially leave women vulnerable to increased levels of poverty (OECD, 2019).

Women make up 51% of the EU population and, in 2021, 67.3% of all working age women (20-64 years) were employed in rural areas, yet the gender pay gap still stands at 12.7% (Eurostat, 2022). What’s more, in almost all Member States, the gender gap in employment rates is higher in rural areas than urban ones.

In particular, farming is viewed as a male-dominated profession, with women making up 31.6% of EU farmers (Eurostat, 2022). Additionally, women in farming face issues around access to land, training and education, and equal treatment from financial and farming organisations. To counteract this, gender mainstreaming has become an important principle in the CAP. The CAP Strategic Plans (2023-2027) promote the increased participation of women in farming and require a gender equality approach in addition to the assessment of the position of women in agriculture, forestry and rural areas, and the challenges they face.

Various projects, supported by different EU programmes show how barriers to the empowerment of women in rural areas can be mitigated or overcome, with socio-economic benefits through social and other types of innovations. Moreover, women represent a significant driving force for prosperity and social inclusion in rural areas, notably through innovative actions and entrepreneurship. This has been recognised by the European Commission in A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, which is committed to empowering women by supporting gender equality and entrepreneurship in Europe, including rural areas.

Taking into account the above, the EU CAP Network support unit for Innovation and Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI organised a workshop on women-led innovations to demonstrate that farming and rural areas can be attractive places for women, especially for developing their business ideas and applying their innovative approaches.

Objectives

The overall aim of the workshop was to empower women in farming and rural areas by exchanging knowledge, identifying successful initiatives and projects led by female innovators, and networking.

Specific objectives:

  • Explore opportunities offered under different EU programmes to support women in agriculture and rural areas.
  • Showcase innovative initiatives, businesses and start-ups led by women entrepreneurs in rural areas with a particular focus on innovative farming practices and farm diversification strategies.
  • Identify the needs of and barriers to women entrepreneurs to develop their businesses in rural areas.
  • Promote women-friendly entrepreneurship ecosystems within local rural communities.
  • Activate networking among workshop participants in order to support women-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in rural areas.

The main target groups:

This workshop focused on good practices of women-led initiatives from EU rural areas, at different stages of development. This included, but was not limited to, farming, forestry, and environmental productions and services. Other participants that we were looking for included advisors, researchers, representatives from farmers associations, chambers of agriculture, industry, managing bodies, local authorities, press, etc. from across Europe.

For any questions, please contact workshop.innovation@eucapnetwork.eu

Program

English language

Agenda - EU CAP Network workshop ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’

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Additional info

Venue

Krakow Poland

Organiser
EU CAP Network

Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI

EU CAP Network

Resources

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Speaker and facilitator bios - EU CAP Network workshop ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’

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Field visits - EU CAP Network workshop ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’

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eu-cap-network-participants-list-workshop-women_1.pdf

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EU CAP Network, Ariana Pasa, ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’, EU research and innovation by and for rural women

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EU CAP Network, Maura Farrell, ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’, Women Associate Professor Maura Farrell led innovations: Path to success

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EU CAP Network, Maura Farrell, ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’, Take away

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EU CAP Network, Maura Farrell, ‘Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas’, Rural and Agricultural Women: Transforming Traditional Roles into Contemporary Inspirations

(PDF – 2.17 MB)