FARMWELL is a Horizon 2020 Thematic Network that aims at identifying and making social innovations more accessible to address common social challenges and improve the wellbeing of farmers.
The serious social challenges that farmers are facing – including mental health issues and depression, isolation, physical risks, stress caused by negative societal perceptions, challenges of farm succession, gender issues – call for new and innovative solutions (social innovations). In the context of agriculture and farming, innovation is often associated with technological innovation. Furthermore, while social innovation is gaining increasing importance also in the farming context, it is rarely offered as a solution to improve the wellbeing of farmers.
The main novelty of FARMWELL is that it aims to help realising social innovations in various national and local contexts for improving the mental, physical and social wellbeing of farmers and their families.
FARMWELL held its kick-off meeting with all partners on 11-12 February 2021. Partners have now started working on mapping existing research on the main social challenges and identifying social innovations through the active engagement of experienced research and farming partners in Romania, Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Italy and Greece.