Female-Led Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas

The FLIARA project aims to create a European wide rural innovation ecosystem, which supports women-led innovative practices in farming and rural areas.

What is FLIARA about?

FLIARA will heighten visibility and awareness of current female-led innovations, and their centrality and importance to achieving EU environmental and inclusion policies. FLIARA will demonstrate the innovative capacity of women in farming and in rural areas, with a particular focus on all four dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic, social and cultural).

Women Led Innovations

200 innovative practices that contribute to a sustainable and viable rural environment identified in 10 European countries: Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Romania and Italy.

Community of Practice

A hub of networking and training amongst key actors and relevant stakeholders to exchange ideas, experiences and innovative knowledge, encouraing future female innovations and entrepeneurship.

The Impact

FLIARA will challenge existing gender norms and stereotypes, increasing gender consciousness through a recognition and appreciation of the actual impact and economic value that women have in rural economies and rural development. The project will create practical tools and policy proposals to ensure that women are embedded in, and supported by, a more effective innovation ecosystem.

Foresight and Trend Analysis

FLIARA have conducted its envisioning process to predict the role of women in the innovations required for sustainable farms and rural futures across EU Member States. These visions were constructed by using an interactive foresight process, which involved key stakeholders, at a local level creating a connection between their local contexts and sustainable futures.

As a result, FLIARA will combine futures and case study methods with network building and policy benchmarking. By developing visions for sustainable rural futures, FLIARA will identify the innovations needed to make them a reality.

“Rural women can play a key role in delivering a sustainable future through on-farm and off-farm innovative practices”

Maura Farrell

— Project Coordinator, Associate Professor


The multi-actor basis for FLIARA is established through bringing together organisations that engage in different ways in the research, innovation, networks, policy and practice environments

The consortium is made up of universities (University of Galway, TU Delft, UNICAL, UTU, UL, HNEE, HLK – Jönköping , UOULU, MENDELU and LNU); European Networks (ELARD, ECOLISE), a national agricultural state agency and extension advisory body (Teagasc), a Community Organisation and Social Enterprise (LWL) and an SME (CE).

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3 days ago

🌿Don't miss out on the latest from the Mary Robinson Climate Conference 2024! Held in Ballina, Co Mayo, this year's conference brought together voices from all sectors to discuss sustainability and innovation. Project Coordinator, Associate Professor, Maura Farrell's keynote on "Women in Agriculture: Sustainability and Innovation" was a standout.✨Read more about it here: fliara.eu/mary-robinson-climate-conference-2024-highlighting-sustainability-and-innovation-in-agr... #ClimateAction #Sustainability #WomenInAgriculture #Innovation #MaryRobinsonConference #FLIARAEU #RuralDevelopment #ClimateChange #SustainableFuture ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

🌱The FLIARA Community of Practice (CoP) has officially launched with an engaging online meeting on May 30th, bringing together the FLIARA 20 ambassadors from across 10 EU countries!This initiative aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and rural areas. With 200 innovative practices identified and 20 ambassadors selected, FLIARA is set to create a vibrant network of female-led initiatives.Join us on this journey of knowledge exchange and empowerment. Our CoP events will be platforms for sharing ideas, showcasing women-led practices, and fostering visibility for all our ambassadors and innovators.🔗Read the full story: fliara.eu/fliara-community-of-practice-kicks-off-with-an-engaging-online-meeting/😉Let's celebrate and amplify the voices of women transforming rural Europ#fliaraeuA#fliaracopR#fliarainspiresp#WomenInAgrinAgrFLIARA Projectoject ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

🌱Silvia Sivini and Irene Leonardelli, our amazing colleagues from the FLIARA Project, recently presented groundbreaking insights at the VII AGROMIG International Seminar held at the University of Calabria! 🌾Read more at: fliara.eu/fliara-project-presented-at-international-seminar-on-migration-and-agriculture/#fliaraeu #agriculture #migration #genderequality #ruraldevelopment ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

🟣Calling all champions of gender inclusivity! 💡Did you know that despite being 50% of the EU population, women manage only 29% of family-run farms? 👉The FLIARA project is here to change that by supporting women-led innovations in farming and rural areas across Europe. Let's break barriers and empower women for a more sustainable future! 🔗Subscribe to our newsletter at fliara.eu/newsletter/ to stay updat#genderinclusionu#empowerwomenW#fliaraeuaraeu -@Athena Equality @CaliperTARGETED-MPID-MPI ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Happy Europe Day! 🇪🇺 👏Celebrate with us by exploring the FLIARA project's mission to empower women in rural and agriculture innovation. 🔗Visit www.fliara.eu to learn mor#EuropeDayp#fliaraeuA#womeninagn#ruralwomenWomen ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

🌾🚜✨ Last week, the FLIARA Project took centre stage at the EU CAP Network workshop, shining a spotlight on 'Women-led Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Areas.' 💫Read the full story and be inspired by FLIARA's commitment to championing women's innovative prowess in farming and rural sectors. Let's empower and celebrate the driving force behind EU environmental and inclusion policies.📰Click here for the full scoop: fliara.eu/fliara-project-empowers-womens-innovations-in-agriculture-at-e#fliaraeuw#womeninagricultureA#InnovationInFarmingture #InnovationInFarming ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

💡FLIARA Empowers Women in Agriculture and Rural Innovation🌾Join us in celebrating the vital role of women in driving innovation and entrepreneurship in farming and rural areas. From breaking barriers to fostering diversity, women are leading the way towards a more resilient and inclusive future. Let's unite to support and empower women in agriculture! 🔗Visit www.fliara.eu for m#womeninagn#RuralInnovationa#FliaraL#empowerwomenW#diversityinagyInAg ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

🟣Did you know about the challenges rural women encounter? From political factors to socio-cultural norms, they face numerous obstacles, and it's important to recognise and address these issues with sensitivity and understanding.👩‍🌾Join us in celebrating the strength and potential of rural women. Together, let's create a world where every woman feels valued and empowered.🌱Share this post to spread awareness and support rural women everywhere.🔗Visit www.fliara.eu f#ruralwomenempowermentm#BreakTheBarriersh#genderequalitye#InclusiveDevelopmente#SupportHerJourneyHerJourney ... See MoreSee Less
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