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Title Agriculture and Care
Period 01 / 2009 - 12 / 2011
Status Completed
Research number OND1340594

Abstract

Description:
The goal of the project is generating knowledge and tools that contribute to the professionalization and growth of the new sector agriculture and care and the effective use of farms for clients with different types of disability.

The project focusses on two aspects:

1. Idenfiication of factors at micro- meso and macro level that influence successful cooperation between the agricultural and care sector. Concepts of transition sciences, entrepreneurship, collective action and organizational sciences will be integrated.
2. Determination of the effects of care farms on the development of clients. Scientific papers will be published.

We collaborate with the University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University, University of Utrecht and Knowledge Centre for Rehabilitation.

Research objectives:
The projects focus on:

1. the effects of care farms and the underlying mechanisms. There is a great deal of practical experience in this growing field, but scientific evidence is lacking. The projects will generate knowledge concerning the role of agriculture on the health of vulnerable groups in society and urban population. The role of specific elements such as animals, the farmer and plants will be investigated in detail.
2. Analysis of initiatives in care farming and understanding why initiatives for collaboration between the agricultural and care sector are successful or not.

Our aim is also to develop and extend a strong scientific and practical network at national and international level.

Researchers of Wageningen UR collaborate intensively with leading scientists of the medical and health sector such as Radboud University Nijmegen, AMC, VU, UVA, Erasmus University, Trimbos Institute and various European universities and research institutes. We also develop strong links with regional associations of care farmers and care institutions.

We aim to integrate alfa, beta and gamma disciplines in the various projects.

There is a growing market for this topic: Transforum, Taskforce ML, ministry of VWS, municipalities, EU, health insurance companies, farmers organisations are co-sponsors of projects in this field.

Results and products:

- We produce several scientific and more practical publictions.
- We develop and extend a strong scientific and practical network at national and international level.
- We organize meetings with regional organizations of care farmers.
- We contribute to national and international meetings.
- We contribute to the national platform of agriculture and care.

Abstract (NL)

Doel
Doelen van het project zijn:

- Uitbouw nationaal en Europees expertisenetwerk.
- onderbouwen effecten en gezondheidsbevorderende mechanismen van zorgboerderijen.
- identificeren en onderbouwen van factoren die succesvolle samenwerking tussen landbouw en zorg belemmeren of stimuleren.

Werkwijze
De volgende activiteiten worden door PSG uitgevoerd:

- Onderzoek naar factoren die succesvolle samenwerking tussen landbouw- en zorgsector stimuleren of belemmeren. Samenwerking met UVA en Erasmus Universiteit.
- Deelname aan internationale COST en CoP bijeenkomsten over landbouw en zorg (20 landen), ontvangst en samenwerking met onderzoekers uit Ierland.
- Schrijven van twee wetenschappelijke artikelen over de effecten van landbouw en zorg.

Resultaten

- Artikel over factoren die samenwerking landbouw- en zorgsector bepalen.
- Artikelen over effecten van zorgboerderijen voor cliƫnten.
- Rapportage COST actie Green care in agriculture.

Publicaties bij dit project zijn beschikbaar via deze Link

Related organisations

Related people

Researcher Ir. M. Elings
Project leader Dr.ir. J. Hassink

Related research (upper level)

Program KB-04-010:

Classification

A20000 Plant production and animal production
A70000 Public health and health care
D24200 Health education, prevention

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