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Cooperative Business and Innovative Rural Development: Synergies between Commercial and Academic Partners

Objective

"C-BIRD recognizes the diversity and complexity of rural areas across Europe in terms of needs and development solutions. However, there is no clear, single exclusive model behind rural development given the multiple development paths, which result from various combinations of forces. In addition, there is concern about the application of rural development policy in recently incorporated countries to the EU.
As a rule, rural development in Europe is related to agricultural development. The ultimate objective of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to guarantee and promote sustainability of rural areas in social, economic and environmental aspects. However, scarce empirical evidence exists on how such three-pronged goals are actually implemented and sustained in rural development processes and policy.
This project will investigate the innovative role of cooperatives, and related rural actors (including academic institutions, commercial enterprises, NGOs, associations, etc.) in rural development as a useful tool to achieve such objectives and their importance in the “knowledge economy”. Five countries with strong agricultural cooperative sectors are involved: Spain, Italy, Ireland, Bulgaria and Serbia. Specific areas will be chosen in each country. Quantitative and qualitative and case study analysis will be carried out in exchanges between industry and academic institutions in order to identify successful models and also to investigate rural development strategies in recently incorporated EU countries."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

TRAKIYSKI UNIVERSITET
Address
Students Campus Rectorat
6000 Stara Zagora
Bulgaria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 78 761,10
Administrative Contact
Darina Zaimova (Dr.)

Participants (6)

EURICSE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 68 191,17
Address
Via San Giovanni 36
38100 Trento
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesca Tomasi (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 58 300,45
Address
Carretera Sacramento Canada
04120 Almeria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Antonio Chaichio (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 64 925,59
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)
AGROCONSULT-ENGINEERING EOOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 93 044,81
Address
Bulevard Tsar Simeon Veliki
6000 Stara Zagora
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anelia Vateva (Mrs)
ASOCIACION DE ORGANIZACIONES DE PRODUCTORES DE FRUTAS Y HORTALIZAS DE ALMERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 151 726,36
Address
Carretera Ronda 11-1
04004 Almeria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Beatriz Liñán (Mrs)
ZIP CENTAR ZA MLADE BIZNIS INKUBATOR DOO PIROT
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 82 714,43
Address
Trg Republike 97 Sprat 1
18300 Pirot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Petrovic (Mrs)