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This Thematic Evaluation report has as its key focus the evaluation of Measure 6.1 (Young Farmers) and in doing so, also on Focus Area (FA) 2B of the Rural Development Programme (RDP)for Malta. The focus area is concerned with facilitating the entry of adequately skilled farmers into the agricultural sector and, in particular, generational renewal. Given that this FA is chiefly addressed by Measure 6.1 of the RDP1, the Thematic Evaluation exercise carried out in this report aims to assess the progress and effectiveness of this measure registered to date and also the focus area.

This Evaluation examined evidence regarding the Burren Programme’s environmental, economic, and social effects, including a literature review; a survey of its participants carried out in 2020; and a series of interviews with targeted stakeholders. Once identified, effects were classified according to the ‘capitals’ they impact upon; or the range of tangible and intangible assets from which farmers and society obtain value. These are natural, manufactured, human, intellectual, social and financial capital.

The study provides an overview of the current economic situation, sustainability, competition and export capacity of companies engaged in the processing and marketing of agricultural products, as well as future plans and necessary investments.

This research aimed to gain insights into the effectiveness of the scheme by analysing participants’ perception on it. It focused on the strengths and areas for improvement of the scheme.

This report was commissioned by the Scottish Government for Winning Moves to conduct a piece of research to explore the quality, focus and effectiveness of the Farm Advisory Service (FAS).

The study focuses on how habitats have changed under Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS) and whether changes are influenced by agreement or agreement holder characteristics. A total of 173 HLS agreements were resurveyed in 2015 and 2016 which were widely distributed across England and followed a baseline survey in 2009-2011. Additionally, 137 agreement holders were interviewed face-to-face using a semi-structured questionnaire.

This evaluation determines how effective the options are for increasing the plant diversity in grasslands with legumes and herbs. Plant and soil data was collected from 76 parcels on 54 holdings, coupled with face-to-face interviews.