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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🌟Discover the latest issue of Horizon Europe magazine, featuring the groundbreaking FLIARA Project! 🌱In this edition, our very own FLIARA Project Coordinator, Associate Professor Maura Farrell, discusses how the project is challenging existing gender norms. Professor Farrell provides valuable insights into how women can drive sustainable development and innovation in European agriculture and rural areas. "We need to encourage greater acceptance of and support for rural women as entrepreneurs," she emphasises. 🔗Read more at: projects.research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu/en/horizon-magazine/seeds-change-womens-role-greeni...#FLIARAEU #FLIARAInspires #WomenInInnovation #WomenInAg #RuralWomen ... See MoreSee Less
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🌍 The FLIARA Project’s consortium gathered in Galway on July 1st to review the activities carried out so far and chart the course for our upcoming activities!🌱 Discover how we're driving women-led innovation in rural communities through impactful policy assessments, inspiring foresight studies, and more. From extensive research to community of practice events, FLIARA is paving the way for a sustainable future.💡 Join us in celebrating our achievements and see how we’re shaping the future of rural development!🔗 Read more about our journey here: fliara.eu/the-fliara-project-hosts-the-second-general-assembly-at-the-university-of-galway/#FLIARAEU #WomenInnovation #Sustainability #RuralDevelopment ... See MoreSee Less
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🟣From Fields to Future: FLIARA Champions Women's Innovations in Rural Europe📅 July 1–2, 2024📍 Galway, IrelandThe FLIARA Project recently celebrated its inaugural Community of Practice (CoP) event, dedicated to empowering and accelerating women-led innovation in rural areas. This event marked a noteworthy achievement for FLIARA, showcasing remarkable progress since its launch in January 2023.Highlights:🌟 Introduction of the first group of FLIARA Ambassadors, showcasing exceptional women innovators from across Europe.🌟 Keynote by Minister Pippa Hackett, emphasising the government's commitment to gender equality in agriculture in Ireland and Margaret Bateson-Missen on how the European Commission is working to reduce gender gaps across Europe..🌟 Panel discussions featuring MEP Maria Walsh and European Commission representatives, focusing on policies and best practices in rural development.🌟 Workshops on policy development, participatory scenario planning, and future foresight.Join us in celebrating these groundbreaking efforts and learn how FLIARA is fostering a sustainable future through women-led innovation.🔗 Read the full story: fliara.eu/from-fields-to-future-fliara-champions-womens-innovations-in-rural#womeninagricultureg#RuralInnovationI#fliaraeu #fliaracop##fliarainspiresR#ruralwomenRuralWomen ... See MoreSee Less
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🌾Live starts now!Join us for the FLIARA Community of Practice launch focused on rural and farm women-led innovation.📺 Click here to watch: www.youtube.com/@FLIARA.Project/streams#fliaraeu #fliaracop #WomenInInnovation #ruraldevelopment #liveevent #youtubelive ... See MoreSee Less
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🌾 Don't miss out! Join us today for the FLIARA Community of Practice launch!📅 Date: 1st July 2024🕕 Time: 18:00 CEST📍 YouTube LiveTurn on notifications on our YouTube channel to catch every moment of this inspiring event focused on rural and farm women-led innovation!🔗 www.youtube.com/live/U5mx06A1pRQ?si=16ncYodiIslyc#fliaraeuA#WomenInInnovationa#ruraldevelopmentp#liveeventE#youtubeliveeLive ... See MoreSee Less
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🟣The 3rd FLIARA Newsletter has just been released, and it's packed with updates and stories that highlight the power of women-led innovation in farming and rural areas. 📖 Read it now: fliara.eu/?na=view&id=76In this edition, you'll find:✨ Project Advancements: Get the latest on FLIARA's journey, with detailed updates on our milestones and achievements.🌟 Meet the Ambassadors: We're thrilled to introduce the incredible FLIARA ambassadors. These inspiring women are leading the way in innovation across the EU.🔜Events: Don't miss out on our live streaming session from Ireland during the Galway Community of Practice Event!🔍 Progress Highlights: Dive into our recent work on Foresight and Trend Analysis, the Assessment of Rural and Farming Policy and Legal Frameworks in Relation to Women-led Innovation, and the exciting FLIARA case study activities.🌱Join us in celebrating the progress and be inspired by the stories of resilience and innovation. Together, we're fostering sustainable development and empowering women in rural areas.#FLIARAEU #WomenInInnovation #RuralDevelopment #Sustainability #Newsletter ... See MoreSee Less
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🌾Join us live streaming for the launch of the FLIARA Community of Practice!📅Date: 1st of July 2024 🕕Time: 18:00 CEST 📍Location: YouTube LiveWe are excited to invite you to an inspiring event focused on advancing rural and farm women-led innovation! Event Highlights:👉Welcome Address by Associate Professor Maura Farrell, Project Coordinator.👉Opening Address by Minister Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity from Ireland.👉FLIARA Overview by Associate Professor Maura Farrell.👉Panel Discussion moderated by Sally-Ann Barrett from Freeway Media and Communications:🗣️Panel 1: FLIARA Ambassadors: Featuring Mieke Elzenga, Annette Harberink, Blátnaid Gallagher, Ursula Kelly, Alexandra Larsson, and Anja Frey.🗣️Panel 2: Engage with Minister Pippa Hackett, MEP Maria Walsh and representatives from FLIARA, SWIFT, and GRASS CEILING as they discuss their collaborative efforts and innovations.👩‍🌾Don't miss this chance to learn about groundbreaking developments in rural and farm women-led innovation. 🔗 www.youtube.com/live/U5mx06A1pRQ?si=q02LNpU1JMcUeTJqSubscribe to our channel, and hit the notification bell to stay updat#fliaraeuA#fliaracopR#WomenInInnovationa#womeninagn#ruralwomenW#youtubeliveeLive- @followers ... See MoreSee Less
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