Gardens Life km 0

Evaluator

CREA - Confederación de Empresarios de Aragón, Zaragoza, SPAIN

Type/classification

Green economy

Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza

Name of the organisation, English translation

Zaragoza City Council

SECTION A - DESCRIPTION OF THE GOOD PRACTICE

Name of the practice, original language

Huertas Life km 0

Country

Spain

Description of the practice

The HUERTAS LIFE KM0 project is a LIFE+ project that started in September 2013 and ends in December 2016. It is coordinated by Zaragoza City Council.

 It aims at recovering the natural peri-urban Gardens of Zaragoza through the promotion of a ‘zero kilometre’ (km0) concept of local agricultural production. It expects to demonstrate a successful approach for implementing the European Territorial Strategy (ETS), delivering economic, social, health and environmental benefits.

 

The project is based in several actions during the three years, as promoting locally-produced organic products amongst consumers and retail outlets in Zaragoza or creating a management body to support the ongoing development of local organic farming, including representatives of the City Council, farmers, research institutions and consumers. But the main action related to Nemesi project is the provision of training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and farmers who want to develop a business in local non-intensive farming.

 

So far, there are only four certified organic farmers in Zaragoza; and one of the objectives of the project is to increase this number at least 25 certifications. To attain this objective, the project has organised a training programme on green professional agriculture, called “Green Agriculture School Km 0”. This training programme offers to traditional farmers and to entrepreneurs:

  • 150 hours of lessons;
  • 100 hours of practical training, and;
  • 150 hours of technical assistance and tutoring.   

 

  • Participants that pass the training programme will be certified as organic farmers and will be able to develop a new green farming or to include the knowledge and skills acquired into their existent farms.
  • The training will start in September 2014 and will end in December 2014, after a selection process carried out in July 214. It is free-cost as it is financed by the LIFE + programme.

It is expected also to create at at least 25 jobs in local agriculture (from organic farmers to jobs related to the distribution of fruit and vegetables products on different sales points in Zaragoza).

Policy context

The city of Zaragoza has historically been surrounded by fertile alluvial soils providing high productivity for the growing of fruits and vegetables. However, in the past decade it is estimated that 90% of this productive area has been lost. Areas have been abandoned and turned over to intensive agriculture. Besides, there are current only four farmers with organic certification in the area.

Labour market context

Changes in the labour market, but also in the goods and services trade have contributed to the emergence of new sources of employment. That is the case of green agriculture that is presented as a new opportunity for traditional and new farmers.

Activities

The training programme starts in September 2014 and develops these three main points:

  • Management of the farming activity,
  • Agronomy and Agro-ecological production,
  • Trade of agro-ecological products.

 

Divided into the following time schedule:

 

    • 150 hours of lessons;

 

  • 100 hours of practical training, and;

 

  • 150 hours of technical assistance and tutoring (in situ).

Participants that will successfully pass the training programme will be certified as organic farmers and will be able to develop a new green farming or to include the knowledge and skills acquired into their existent farms.

 

Management and operation

The practice is managed by Zaragoza City Council staff, and the training programme is carried out by several speakers and teachers from the International Agriculture and Rural Studies Centre (CERAI), Zaragoza University, Aragon Farmers Union (UAGA), Aragon Committee of Farmers (CAAE), organic farmers, etc.

Target groups/beneficiaries

Entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business in organic farming and traditional farmers willing to include organic techniques in their farms. 

Start date

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End date (actual or planned)

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Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

The results of the practice are the skills acquired by participants which will be certified by an official certificate.

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

This practice has produced a lot of interest, as organic farming is becoming a new niche of market with high potential of employability. The City Council has received 120 applications to participate in the training programme, but only less than 30 people will be able to take part in it. Participants who successfully complete the training period will be officially certified as organic farming.

 The project also expects to create at least 25 jobs related to local agriculture (from organic farmers to jobs related to the distribution of fruit and vegetables products on different sales points in Zaragoza).

Source of funding

Local/municipal budget (tax revenue), Other European funding, please specify

Main responsible body, type

Local/regional body or authority other than Chamber of Commerce or PES. Please specify

Role of implementing body

Role(s) in implementation of the practice

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

Type and role in implementation of each of these bodies. Please specify the economic relationship between the main implementing body and each of the other involved bodies.

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?

No

SECTION B - CLASSIFICATION OF PRACTICE

Target group(s)

Employers, Jobseekers, People seeking training

Employers

Micro enterprises, Small enterprises, Medium enterprises, Others

Self-employed workers

Jobseekers

All unemployed

People seeking training

Employees, Out of work - adult, Out or work - youth

B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

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B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

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Micro and SMEs’ procedures

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B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

Individual counselling/guidance/mentoring/coaching, Training (classroom), Training (work-based, including apprenticeship)

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

Face to face contacts

B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

Partly

Type of subcontractor(s)

Public, Private, Third sector

B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice

Public, Private, Third sector

SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Type of organisation carrying out the evaluation

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

Name of the organisation, original language/Name of the evaluator

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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E mail

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Web page

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Overall evaluation methodology/methodology

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Indicators in the evaluation

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Main findings of the evaluation

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Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

Type of documentation

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Reference

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Monitoring evidence

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SECTION D - PRACTICE CRITERIA

D.1 - Evidence of results

Supporting materials are available

D.2 - Relevance

Programme logic: actions appear to be coherent with the objectives to be achieved by the practice, The practice responds to identified needs

D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

Documentation can be found on the internet

D.4 - Impact

The practice demonstrates, by means of qualitative and/or quantitative results, an improvement in the skills needs identification and the skills matching in the digital and/or in the green economy involving and/or for the benefit of small and medium enterprises

D.5 - Innovation

The practice integrates new elements of intervention to achieve an improvement in the skills needs identification and/or in the skills matching in the digital and/or in the green economy involving and/or for the benefit of small and medium enterprises

D.6 - Broad-based participation

The practice is led and supported by stakeholders partnership who strive towards the pursued goals and are committed to the success of the practice., The practice enjoys the collaboration of various administrations and government bodies and/or business associations/organisations and/or chambers of commerce that afford their support to the project.

D.7 - Sustainability

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D.8 - Mainstreaming

The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) mainstreamed into the day-to-day operations of the implementing body, The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) adopted by other stakeholders, The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) adopted by actors located in similar areas, The results of the practice were disseminated to policy makers, NGOs, enterprises, civil society, etc.

D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

The practice has an inherent European scope (such as stakeholders partnership serving Europe)., The practice acts as a source of inspiration for new projects., The practice includes an evaluation of the practice itself.

D.10 - Additional comments

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