For SIMRA Case Studies, the principle objective will be to collect and analyse empirical evidence of social innovations in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas in selected pilot case studies covering European, Associated and non-EU countries, particularly focusing on the Mediterranean region. A co-constructed evaluation of success factors for social innovations across selected case studies will be carried out not only by the academic community, but also by the people involved in rural development practice (such as technicians, LEADER groups, etc.), covering spatial variation and heterogeneity of regions (e.g. in terms of natural conditions, socio-economic development, social capital, governance and institutional settings).
This part of the project will start during Spring 2017 with the selection process and the implementation from summer onwards.
Case studies will be selected among those compiled in the database of social innovations. Candidate examples are listed below:
|N.||Case study||Country & type||Field & type||Partner|
|Multi-actor networks, horizontal integration for joint action in poor areas|
|1||Environment Friendly Villages||Egypt.Network||A, L||CU|
|2||Micro-enterprises for young & women; small-scale producers’||Tunisia.
|Multi-actor networks in the field of social farming and social enterprises|
|3||Social cooperative “Learn–grow–live with farm women”, South Tyrol. Network of nature pedagogy through farming||Italy. Individual||A, L||EURAC|
|4||National Care Farming. Bonding ties among social farmers||Netherlands. Ntw.||RD, R||DLO-LEI|
|Consumer-producer partnerships in agri-food|
|5||SlowFood. Restaurants-to-farmer partnerships||Italy. Network||AF, R||UFG|
|6||Community Supported Agriculture Gärtnerhof Ochsenherz||Austria Individual||AF, L||AWI|
|Local-based initiatives of horizontal integration for rural development|
|7||Asopos river basin. Actors’ coordination in water management||Greece. Individual||RD, R
|8||Lumnezia and de Travers valleys – Public administration cooperation through local farmer entrepreneurs.||Switzerland.
|A, R||UNIBE &SAB|
|Collective action in the bioenergy field, community-based initiatives on renewables|
|9||Forest biomass cooperative enhancing wildfire prevention||Spain. Individual||F-RD, L||CTFC|
|10||Carbon forestry Common-Pool Resources, Notranjska||Slovenia. Individual||F, L||CETIP|
|11||Social enterprises: community wind, water & biomass energy.||UK. SME/individual||RD, R/L||HUT&RDC|
|12||Hybrid innovation public-private Ntw. on bioeconomy||Finland. Network.||F, R||UO|