The programme did not have a particular Green Growth/Human Rights Based Approach. However, a few Green Growth/Human Rights topics surfaced:
- A main issue is the need for, and absence of, renewable energy sources (solar, biogas, biodiesel, biomass or wind), reducing the dependence on foreign gas or nuclear power.
- On fruit and vegetable farms there can be excessive pesticide use, which has human and environmental health consequences. Some of the dairy farmers who built new stables do not have correct manure handling due to lack of equipment. Manure is discharged in the immediate surroundings causing serious pollution. Manure is a great fertilizer for producing fodder and feed for the animals. On-farm nutrient cycling means more resilient farming systems.
- The programme supported a number of female grantees (dried fruit) but gender has not been a criterion for selecting applicants. It did excellent in organising the AgroLady course; to stress that agribusiness is also an interesting sector for women managers to work in. During two out of the five beneficiary interviews, the farmers indicated that their daughters would be in charge of the finances (they were still in school). A next phase should have more attention for the next generation working on the family farm.
- The difficulty of reducing rural (unskilled) employment has been mentioned earlier. It is a challenge to attract young, educated or skilled labour from the urban areas back to the countryside.