FARMWELL is a Horizon 2020 European Thematic Network that aims at improving the mental, physical and social wellbeing of farmers. Making social innovations more accessible to address common social challenges. The serious social challenges that farmers are facing – including (mental) health issues and depression, isolation, physical risks, stress caused by negative societal perceptions, challenges of farm succession, gender issues – call for new and innovative solutions (social innovations).
In the context of agriculture and farming, innovation is often associated with technological innovation. Furthermore, while social innovation is gaining increasing importance also in the farming context, social innovation in farming mostly focuses on how to address a wider societal problems, and is rarely offered as a solution to improve the wellbeing of farmers.