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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

The goal of the project is to improve animal health and welfare on fattening pig farms. Ideally, this can reduce the use of medicines. Therefore, • existing data (from abattoir and tratment data) will be linked and provided as a tool for health management to farmers and their veterinarians. A catalogue will enable the farmer to interpret abattoir findings. • „Tools“ (e.g. checklists or apps) will be developed which support farmers and vets to identify riskfactors and associated farm individual improvement strategies. • practicability and effectiveness of tools and (abattoir) data will be tested for advisory activities on-farm The project is divided into the following phases: • Development: programming of an interface between treatment data, productivity data and abattoir data. Development of tools and catalogue. • Implementation: Assessment of situation, implementation of measures on pilot farms (4) and project farms (30). • Evaluation: of effectiveness of developed tools; publication
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-10-01 - 2019-09-30

Agrobiodiversity and the related local knowledge on its management are essential not only to food security and to economic development, but also to the maintenance of ecosystem services. Agrobiodiversity has been shaped by farmers and communities for millennia and remains a key element of the livelihood strategies small-scale farmers through the world. Agrobiodiversity and the related local knowledge is endangered due to a lack of reasons (e.g. intensified agricultural practices), as well as insufficient inclusion of conservation of agrobiodiversity in policy frameworks. Also in MAB biosphere reserves, agrobiodiversity and related knowledge have potential to be included in management plans & conservation strategies. The study aims to better understand the role of agrobiodiversity and local knowledge of small scale farmers in the Biosphere Reserve Oxapampa Ashaninka Yanesha (RBOAY) in Peru. We want to support the sustainable management of this biosphere reserve by including local but also global knowledge on the diversity of traditional crops, cultivars and wild gathered species and agrobiodiversity farming practices into the Biosphere’s management plan. Our development goal is to contribute with the conservation of agrobiodiversity in ways that improve the livelihoods of rural communities and sustain ecosystem functions in the RBOAY We believe that much information on these topics is available already but not yet available in the study are in an accessible form. Therefore the focus in answering our research questions is based upon on meta-analysis of available data, participatory assessment of this data with local stakeholders, and presenting locally accessible, well designed, carefully tested answers to our research questions in the form of high quality media (video, posters) that can be used by local stakeholders for their efforts in promoting sustainability in the RBOAY. The project outcomes might reveal strategies and options that can be applied in a range of settings to manage the expanded areas under protection, both in Peru and in protected area systems globally. The project seeks to contribute to the long term sustainability of protected ecosystems by investigating and raising awareness of the value of local food crops, wild gathered species and the bio cultural landscape.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-03-31

Social sustainable integration of disabled people (with rehabilitative social needs) in the working process of horticultural farms The objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as of the Austrian Action Plan 2012 (for implementation of an inclusive society) are the full and effective participation of disabled people in society. This project will provide scientific evidence, which will contribute to the integration of disabled people in the working society. The overall goal of the project is to provide all necessary information for a successful cooperation between day-care centers for disabled persons and private horticultural farms. The creation of such possibilities for a collaboration will offer disabled people a participation in general working life. The identification of suitable working processes and tasks requires the compilation of culture related activity and ability profiles for working processes or tasks. In order to be able to find out which crops require what kind of working skills, the tasks and sub-tasks referring to the crops cultivated by up to 6 representative Austrian horticultural farms must be identified. The method used is the classification of REFA time studies. In order to determine the skills and needs of disabled people in day-care centers, it is necessary to capture their abilities, by creating ability profiles for up to 50 persons. Based on these ability profiles, it is possible to allocate and categorize the necessary tasks. The ability profiles will be created mainly by means of the well-proven “IMBA method” (Integration of persons with disabilities in a working environment). In order to set up a fruitful collaboration, horticultural farms and day-care centers will be interviewed about their interests, needs and expectations. On the basis of this information, it will be possible to give recommendations for a sustainable collaboration. Based on the surveyed results and identified requirements, a training concept for nursing staff, company managers and trainers will be developed and optimized in order to guarantee a high degree of working quality and job satisfaction for both parties in the project (social sustainability, which offers socially produced products). The efficient knowledge transfer of scientific results will be ensured by the production of blended learning material, a recommendation booklet and guidance of the implementation carried out in pilot companies.

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