People with special needs run the risk of being segregated and they have very limited possibilities in the labour market. Promoting their professional inclusion is of the highest importance, as this provides them with fulfilment, autonomy, inclusion and a better quality of life.

Against this backdrop, agriculture presents itself as a good niche for including them, always provided they are given the proper training contents and methods, with qualified professionals. Contextual factors like the environmental and rural zone crises open up new opportunities for active participation by these social groups in the organic farming sectors. These sectors, which offer more employment opportunities than conventional agriculture, while also having positive environmental impacts, show great potential for the training and social-professional inclusion of people with special needs.

However, for this to come to fruit, proper training is needed. To achieve this, the principal objective of the AGROINCLUSIÓN project is:

The following specific objectives are set to meet this general objective:

– Establish a transnational association synergising different organisations which offer professional training or work towards the social-professional inclusion of people with special needs in organic farming sectors.

– Interchange and explore good practices, lived experiences, methods, tools, training programmes, etc., in the fields of Professional Training, and the inclusion of these social groups in organic farming sectors, and which could be replicated in other territories.

– Identify and compile the needs and good practices which should be put in place to improve the training and social-professional integration of people with special needs in the organic farming sectors (including those small dual training schemes which have been successful).

– Bring the concepts of sustainability to these social groups.

The organisation leading the consortium of entities carrying out the project is the Monte Mediterráneo Foundation (Spain), accompanied by the partners University College of Agrarian and Environmental Studies of Vienna (Austria), Lebenshilfe Ennstal (Austria), Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture (Germany), Wonderchapter (Portugal), Lišov Museum (Slovakia) and College and School of Agriculture (Czech Republic).

The project is financed by the European Erasmus+ Programme with a grant of 166,428 euros and its duration is 36 months, from the year 2020 to 2023. Innogestiona Ambiental has conducted the preparation and submission of the project and is participating in it as external assistant responsible for coordination and preparing and implementing the communication and dissemination plan.