Advancing Women in Agri-Food Rural Environments is an Erasmus+ funded project.

This project will aim to evolve and support the growth of women’s entrepreneurial activity in the Agri-Food sector across Europe.

Through the development of the “Start your own Food Business” online training course, mentorship resources and materials which will meet and support women’s unique needs in the sector. All mentorship materials will be informed by the findings of a research report which is also an output of this project.

The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland are leading the project are leading the project and working in partnership with Macra na Feirme, in Ireland, University of Bedfordshire (UoB), in the UK, Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori Toscana (CIA), in Italy, Propel Europe, in Belgium, and The Polish Farm Advisory and Training Centre (PFA), in Poland.

The overall aim of the project is to support the growth of women entrepreneurs in the Agri-Food sector across Europe through tailored training and mentorship resources.


women entrepreneurs with training that is specific to their needs


mentors to mentor and mentees to avail of service


current and aspiring Entrepreneurs across Europe to increase networks and broaden opportunities in learning and business.

Contact Us

If you are a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Institute, Trainer, Food Entrepreneur or Female with a Food Business Idea in Europe and would like to contribute to the research associated with the “AWARE” project and take part in the many free activities and events taking place across Europe as part of this project please contact us.

Who We Are

Dr Lisa Ryan
Head of the Sports Exercise and Nutrition Department at GMIT
Maria McDonagh
Project Manager
Emma Judge

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