City of Skopje
: 2016-1-MK01-KA204-021688
: Education, employment and social policies
: 19.480,00 €
: 01.10.2016
: Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships in adult education
: 31.03.2018
: Grant
: 19.480,00 €
: Impact Hub Skopje

: The primary goal of the RAW & GROW: Sustainable Development and Acceleration of Organic Production Enterprises adult strategic partnership supporting exchange of good practices is to allow organizations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods. The project “Raw & Grow: Sustainable Development and Acceleration of Organic Production Enterprises” aims through a strategic approach, highly participatory and engaging activities as well as through building the capacities of the participating organizations to empower adults to get into organic production as well as to develop and accelerate their startup enterprises by bringing them closer to this sustainable model of production. In order to solve these problems, Impact Hub initiated this project and together with Aurora Co-working from Slovenia and New Dealt Institute from France initiated joint response to unemployment and promotion of organic production. The project included short-term trainings for staff as well as transnational meetings. There was 12 staff members taking part in total of 3 short-term joint staff training events to happen in Slovenia, France and Macedonia. The staff on the training events were directly involved in the work activities of the hosting organizations during the short-term mobility period where they got an insight of the production itself, enhancing their knowledge in project management and managerial skills. During the short-term mobility in France and Slovenia, the Macedonian participants boosted their skills in organic production and became aware about its opportunities, whereas during the mobility of staff from Slovenia and France in Macedonia, the staff shared the positive practices from their work and got an insight of the situation with organic production in Macedonia as well as learned more about how to further promote this branch in their countries.

On the other side, the project involved 3 transnational meetings where also 12 participants joined in total. At the kick-off, the participants set all the details on the project implementation; contact persons as well as a project manager were appointed. The core team defined the channels of communication and set dissemination strategy, polished the methodology needed for the baseline research on organic production in their countries, as well as determined the need assessment of the adults interested in organic production. At the workshop, the staff members from the 3 participating organization gathered and developed an Acceleration Programme on Organic Production for Adults, first of a kind, targeted precisely at adults as the organic production, a concept primarily embraced by younger population involving new methods and technologies. The guidelines "A,B,C for Organic Production" are and will be very useful in particular for adults who are unemployed and know just the basis of this sphere. The evaluation meeting was a great opportunity to reflect on the whole project and discuss its follow up.

The Raw and Grow project's sustainability lies in its environmental impact and the healthy living it promotes.