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The current state and development needs of education in organic food and farming

Project information

ProjectThe current state and development needs of education in organic food and farming
PartnersHäme University of Applied Sciences (coordinator), Savo Consortium for Education, University of Helsinki
FundingMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry via the Finnish Food Authority.
Budget240 815 €

LUKOKE (2023-2024) -project maps the situation and development needs of organic education in Finland and internationally.

The main objective of the project is to produce information for increasing and developing education in organic food and farming at different levels of education in Finland and for building international networks. The study covers vocational upper secondary education as well as higher education and food production companies in Finland. Studies are conducted through online surveys and interviews. Studies related to international supply and networks are conducted as web searches and targeted interviews.

The study includes the following themes (the responsible party in parentheses):

  • Education and expertise in organic food and farming in Finnish universities, educational offerings in selected foreign universities, and cooperation in international networks (University of Helsinki)
  • Education and expertise in organic food and farming in secondary vocational and applied sciences education (HAMK)
  • Specific educational needs relating to the skills of food companies in organic food and farming (Sakky)

The study is a part of the Organic 2.0 – Finland’s National Programme for Organic Production 2030, which aims at developing the organic sector in Finland. That programme is made known alongside the project’s surveys, interviews, and workshops. The project will draw up proposals for measures to develop education that covers the entire food chain and aim at organic production growth. The proposals are based on the results of the survey and the results of expert workshops built around different themes are utilized in the work.

Target Group

Secondary vocational education, universities of applied sciences, universities, food production companies and international networks.

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Contact information

Anne honkanen

University of Helsinki

anu arolaakso

Savo Consortium for Education

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