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Pages: 6643-6648
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.0570

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

FOOD INCUBATORS TRANSFORMING REGIONS: INNOVATIVE LEARNING MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONS

Z. Palkova, M. Olejar, V. Cviklovic, O. Lukac

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SLOVAKIA)
Food and drink represents the largest manufacturing sector in the EU and encouragingly has sustained positive growth. Even during the economic downturn, levels of employment in the food and drink industry remained quite stable.

While the sector has excellent potential for artisan and specialty producers to establish, the lack of access to food grade workspace is a serious and inhibiting barrier to entry. Moreover, artisan food producers struggle to support the capital requirements of setting up a production facility.

On the other hand, there is an abundance of underutilized properties in public and private ownership which could be re-imagined as vibrant Food Incubators but the promoters of same lack the skills and practical strategies to develop them.

From this point of view, food incubators have the unique potential to spur productive, inclusive and sustainable economic development. They provide a strong foundation for the creation and expansion of food businesses and jobs by helping communities, VET bodies, development agencies to revitalise underutilised buildings into powerhouses of food sector learning, innovation and production.

The paper presents the project FITR – Food Incubators Transforming Regions, which seeks to forge an effective & replicable model to provide the learning and strategic structure to develop food kitchens & incubators as enterprise, training and support drivers at regional level. The partnership involves 7 partners across 4 countries - UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Slovakia. FITR comprises unique training curriculum and course materials to successfully establish and manage food incubator hubs to cater for the growing numbers of emerging food entrepreneurs who are in urgent need of a place to produce, learn and grow. It targets community drivers, development agencies and VET bodies. Developed by a compelling mix of academics & industry specialists, it epitomizes quality VET provision.
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title = {FOOD INCUBATORS TRANSFORMING REGIONS: INNOVATIVE LEARNING MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONS},
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DO - 10.21125/inted.2016.0570
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Z. Palkova, M. Olejar, V. Cviklovic, O. Lukac (2016) FOOD INCUBATORS TRANSFORMING REGIONS: INNOVATIVE LEARNING MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONS, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 6643-6648.
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