Belgium is one of the pilot countries of the FARMWELL project. The core partners in Belgium are:
The 1st Practice Group meeting that focused on discussion about social challenges of farmers – took place through two online sessions with the participation of 29 stakeholders, including farming organizations and individual farmers and one government representative.
• The first session was held on 22 June 2021
• The second session was held on the 24 June 2021
Participants were distributed over these 2 meetings in small groups based on geographic proximity.
Social challenges of farmers identified in Belgium are presented in the mapping report:
Belgium Mapping Report
European Synthesis Report
The main challenges that the FARMWELL project will focus on in Belgium include:
• Coping capacities of farmers
The 2nd Practice Group meeting – that focused on presenting and discussing social innovations in response to crucial challenges that impact on farmers’ wellbeing – took place through an in-depth expert interview on the 21/ 02/ 2022 and two online sessions on 14/02/2022 and 21/02/2022. All in all, 18 people have been involved in the sessions including farmers’ representatives, social innovation presenters and non-farmers representatives e.g. government officials, experts.
The social innovations presented during the 2nd Practice Group meeting in Belgium were:
Mental Health Literacy for Farm Gatekeepers – This social innovation provides training to farm gatekeepers in order to detect certain problems of the farmers in an early stage. Farm gatekeepers signal a problem, as well as transferring a farmer to the right aid channels. Farm gatekeepers can also act as experts to solve certain problems in a structural manner
• Agro-Zorgwijzer, this is a digital reference scheme with an overview of relevant aid channels in case farmers are confronted with certain problems.
• Competency Scan – A digital competence scan that also delves into aspects of mental wellbeing
• Learning Networks on mental wellbeing, a new social innovation launched by Ferm-Agravrouwen wherein peer-to-peer learning among farmers is stimulated. In consultation with UGLOS and the lead coordinator, a decision has been made to conduct a forecasting SROI on this social innovation in a later stage of the project