FARMWELL is a Thematic Network project and is one of the first projects that focuses exclusively on promoting social innovations in different contexts, national and local, to improve the well-being, mental, physical and social well-being of farmers and their families.


FARMWELL’s main objective is to ensure that farmers, families and farming communities benefit fully from social innovation research and practices, which in turn will strengthen the well-being of farmers and the links between the agricultural sector and society as a whole.

This main objective is divided into four (specific) operational objectives (SO) which connect the general objective to the implementation dimensions of FARMWELL as follows:

SO1: Facilitate multi-stakeholder and networking at both national and European level around the specific social challenges faced by farmers and farming families and related social innovation solutions, resulting in participatory learning and an increased flow of information and practical ideas.

SO2: Provide a synthesis of research and practice on the social challenges of farmers and farming families and social innovations as possible responses to them, reflecting a wide range of geographical, sectoral and agricultural contexts.

SO3: Presentation and provision of research and social innovation practices to farmers for the specific needs of farmers and farming families (both in terms of content and channels); and in a way that ensures better adoption of practices and ultimately improves farm viability and strengthens connections with society.

SO4: Ensure the long-term sustainability of results through effective exploitation and dissemination, improve support for effective counseling services to farmers and farming families; as well as by contributing to a supportive political environment.

Our Role

The FARMWELL Network is important to us because it provides us with a public platform to engage with the social challenges of rural life that are commonly experienced (but very rarely openly discussed!) in our local villages and rural households. Challenges that relate to the day-to-day dilemmas – and the gradual erosion of self-respect, well-being and mental health – faced by young people, their parents and grandparents as they struggle to maintain their family traditions, cultural heritage and strong connections to the land whilst being pulled away by the promise of employment and a better quality of life in nearby cities and further afield.

There are millions of small farmers in Romania. They exist as individuals, as families and households and as communities – and their well-being is consistently overlooked and neglected! We hope that FARMWELL can help change this.



Project Duration
January 2021 – December 2023