Eco Herbal I.S. is organized and operates as a social enterprise and its goal is to solve social problems.
Eco Herbal’s goals are to exert an impact on a large number of beneficiaries, to achieve better conditions to work and to increase agricultural productivity. For this, our social enterprise provides free education for adults, youth and disadvantages groups (unemployed, people without income, people at risk of poverty or social exclusion, Roma groups, youth which dropped school) in rural and social entrepreneurship (establishing and administrating a small/subsistence/ or family farm) through producing, collecting and valorizing medicinal and aromatic plants.
Eco Herbal’s activities are generating income for rural people and integrate/reintegrate them in the labor market or support them to open their own farm or business. Eco Herbal Social Enterprise aims to be a reliable education provider in rural activities and a safe market place for the products which are manufactured after the training. The raw material produced by the beneficiaries after the training is acquired by our social enterprise and introduced to a manufacturing process of drying/dehydration, cutting and dimensional selection and sold as raw material to big companies that are active in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food Romanian and abroad industries (for producing teas, spices, natural extracts, tinctures, supplements, syrups and oils).
Our results and contribution in the social economy field has been recognized and appreciated as follow:
– Winner project in the social entrepreneurship nationwide competition “Made in Andrew’s Country” supported by OMV Petrom, November 2013;
– Best practice in social entrepreneurship and education at “What is your NEET?” Seminar, October 2014, organized in Erasmus+ Youth in Action, Helsinki-Finland;
– Promoted in ‘ON TRACK’ – Different Youth Work Approaches for Different NEET Situations, on SALTO, Erasmus+, 2015;
– Winner of Social Economy Award for the activities developed in 2014 in the Social Economy field – offered by The Belgian Embassy in Romania, April 2015;
– Best practice in Rural and Social Entrepreneurship through Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs by The Young Entrepreneurs Association from Romania and The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Tourism.
Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LLU) is the only higher agricultural education establishment in Latvia and is supported financially and institutionally by the Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Latvia.
The mission of the LLU is to create internationally competitive intellectual potential for the development of Latvia, its regions, on the basis of outstanding research, the use of its results in the national economy, high quality of studies and efficient management of the university.
LLU is a modern regional and multidisciplinary university; the LLU has 8 faculties (Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Food Technology, Environment and Civil Engineering, Forestry, Information Technologies, Economics and Social Development) and offers a wide range of study programmes requested by the agriculture and industry. LLU has 4,500 students, 1,100 employees, including 120 professors. The scientific competence of the university grasps the areas that are related to the sustainable use of natural resources. In 2014 scientific staff of LLU had published 1025 scientific publications and 113 of them published in the SCOPUS database.
LLU has a Technology and Knowledge Transfer center and specializes in food production and packaging, including goods made with medicinal and aromatic plants, and is a valuable resource of ideas about valorizing the material obtained by the target group after the training implemented through the project.
The department involve in the present project is The Faculty of Economics and Social Development (ESAF): The Faculty of Economics and Social Development (ESAF) is the largest faculty of LLU and has about 1,000 students. This faculty specializes in such research directions as rural development, rural entrepreneurship, farming systems and agriculture policy, as well different bio economy aspects, like, bioenergy production in regions of Latvia, mitigation possibilities of agricultural greenhouse gases. Faculty’s research capacity consists from 25 leading researchers, 10 researchers and almost 30 PhD students.
Faculty of Economics and Social Development (LLU) organize the International Scientific named “Economic Science for Rural Development” conferences as opportunity for dissemination of project results. This conference represents very good opportunity to disseminate the project results and could dedicate a thematic area of this project.
Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) is an international scientific society established in 1953. Today GA has more than 1200 members from over 80 countries. The scientific interests of GA cover all aspects of medicinal plants with (potential) medicinal use, biosynthesis, pharmacological activity, quality control, formulation, and use.
As an international scientific society GA aims at bringing together scientists interested in these different aspects related to bioactive natural products. GA provides a platform for exchange across disciplines, for scientific collaboration between academia and industry, and for exchange between academic scientists, the private sector, and governmental agencies involved in the regulation of drugs.
To achieve those goals GA is involved in the:
• organization of scientific meetings
• organization of webinars and workshops
• the financial support of research
• publication of research in the field, through the international scientific journals of the society, “Planta Medica” and “Planta Medica Letters”
• cooperation with other associations and bodies with similar goals
• the scientific counselling of public institutions and governmental bodies
Association of Consultants and Experts on Social Economy Romania (ACE-ES RO) is a association founded in 2011 that aims to support and promote social economy (social entrepreneurship) seen as viable tool for innovation and flexibility within the economic and social environment, for sustainable development and active citizenship, for cooperation, solidarity and social inclusion.
The members of association are very active in development innovative instruments of social economy – a social brand of inclusion, training on social entrepreneurship, professional standards pertaining to the domain’s jobs etc. In 2013 ACE-ES Romania became a formal member of FAR – Federation for the Accessibility of Romania. In 2014 the association has been accredited as private training provider according to the VAT national legislation for the certified training program ”Manager of Social Enterprise”. The Association works with different sort of experts on volunteering basis: psychologists; sociologists; marketing experts; trainers; financial experts; ITC experts, business consultants (15 volunteers). They have extended experience and skills in implementing projects for vulnerable groups supported by ESF funds (especially within the Human Resources Development Operational Program 2007-2013 (HRDOP), PHARE Program and World Bank.