Views of Farmers and Other Agri-Food Stakeholders on Generic Skills for Transitioning toward Sustainable Food Systems

Natalia Rastorgueva*, Line Friis Lindner, Stine Rosenlund Hansen, Paola Migliorini, Christoph F. Knöbl, Katherine M. Flynn

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Sustainable agricultural education is a fundamental base for the sustainable development of the agri-food systems. Sustainable education should provide the necessary skills to the practical world. This paper is focused on skills and competences required by the agri-food stakeholders for their current work and for future sustainable development around the world. An online survey was disseminated for data collection, and quantitative and qualitative analyses were employed to understand the impact of the demographic factors on the variety of skills mentioned by the different stakeholders. As a result, according to all of the stakeholders, the skills of navigating in a changing world, networking and strategic development are relevant for their current work, and technical skills were mentioned as relevant for future sustainable development. The age factor, rather than geography and gender, was found to have a stronger impact on defining the aforementioned skills.

Original languageEnglish
Article number525
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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Funding Information:
The datasets were developed in Deliverable 1.1. [], elaborated for the NextFood (NextFood—educating the next generation of professionals in the agri-food system, funded by H2020, grant agreement no. 771738.


  • agri-food stakeholders
  • agricultural education
  • H2020
  • NextFood
  • skills and competences
  • sustainability
  • sustainable education

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