The report Review of the future of agriculture and occupational safety and health (OSH), published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), summarises several OSH risks that affect European agriculture and forestry and threaten their long-term viability. This publication examines trends and issues affecting [...]
During the last months, DESIRA’s Rural Digitalisation Forum has been working on a dedicated contribution to the process of the ‘Long-term vision for rural areas’ (LTVRA).
In a recently published blog article by the OECD Forum Network, the authors looked at how a new perspective might help rural areas secure a post-pandemic recovery. The pandemic has surely shocked the world and has had a tremendous impact, especially in rural areas. But rural communities come [...]
The European Commission has recently presented the Green Paper on Ageing, launching a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe’s ageing society. In addition, a public consultation will run until 21 April 2021 to collect the public’s views on the impact of this demographic trend. [...]
Browse through the practical examples of digital tools, projects and technologies adopted in agriculture, forestry and rural areas. A first set of 50 practice abstracts (PAs) have been made available online. Each PA describes a digital tool or project, and highlights the distinctive key elements, giving an overview [...]
The Rural Digitalisation Forum set-up by DESIRA held its first meeting online on 10 September 2020. The event gathered around 60 attendees from different backgrounds (research, public authorities, SMEs, stakeholders’ organisations, members of National Rural Networks, etc.) from 22 EU Member States. If you could not attend the [...]
The briefing takes stock of the digital connectivity of European rural households and provides an overview of the current state of digitalisation of rural areas. The document highlights the significant progress achieved in the last years regarding the objectives defined in the Digital Agenda for Europe. Nevertheless, the [...]
The EU is launching two new large-scale pilot projects to boost rural economies through cross-sector digital service platform. The €30 million initiative, funded through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, focuses on rural digital service platforms, innovation ecosystems and the smart village approach. More than 50 partners from across [...]
Since 2016, Fuori di Zucca (i.e. Out of Pumpkin) is an association coordinating a Solidarity Purchasing Group (GAS) without lucrative purposes at the centre of Perugia city (Italy). Mr Domenico Lizzi (Project Coordinator) explains the role of digital tools in this network of social and physical exchanges between consumers and farmers.
On 13 October 2020, the BCO Network Support Facility (in partnership with the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development from the European Commission) organised a workshop on young people’s vision for rural areas and digitalisation. The event took place during the European Week of Regions and Cities and [...]