Improving skills for Smartfarming as an innovative tool for rural development and economic growth

5 Participating countries:
Project Reference: 2013-1-CY1-LE005-03114
Part of :

Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\LEONARDO DA VINCI\Multilateral projects on Innovation

Summary

The definitional context of “Superfoods” refers to foods with very high nutritional value defined by their antioxidant capacity and their overall health benefits. This group of superfoods consists of goji berry, blueberry, black chokeberry, hippophae, spiroulina, aloe vera and many other foods.
The project has created a training programme, an e-platform and an e-book on marketing of superfoods. The purpose of project outputs is to enhance the dissemination and transfer of knowledge and innovation in the specialized agriculture areas of the selected superfoods.
To enable the attainment of the objectives set forward by the project the conceptual as well as empirical principles of Smart Specialisation (SS) have been adopted. The operationalisation of the conceptual principles and SS led to the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the selected regions represented by the consortium partners.
The success of this initiative was based greatly on adopting the principles and standards of smart specialization. The implementation of the philosophy of smart specialisation led to the exchange of knowledge and expertise in selected regions, represented by the program’s proposed partners.
The main objectives of the SmartFarmer programme were to highlight:
a) The reasons for why the production and marketing of the superfoods is an alternative beneficial option for the bio-producers.
b) The competitive advantages comparing to other bio-products.
The SmartFarmer project aimed to improve the skills and competences of people in the agricultural sector by introducing a training programme in Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Spain and Portugal while at the same time encouraging rural development in project countries in particular and Europe in general. The project was based on the transfer of the results of ProudFarmer project that was completed in 2010 and provided innovative results that were successfully integrated in formal training programmes in partner countries. The objectives of SmartFarmer included the analysis of the MTTM training programme and materials, their adaptation to the requirements of the target group and project countries; sharing experiences in smart farming practices training and development of new (e-)learning contents; testing and evaluation; dissemination of information about the project and project results and preparation of appropriate mechanisms/processes for their further exploitation.
The project has been implemented by a consortium of 7 partners from 5 EU countries spanning from North to South of Europe (Cyprus, Spain, Latvia, Greece and Portugal). The consortium was comprised of education and training organisations, authorities responsible for rural development, thus allowing combining different views and experiences.

Results

Description

The Quality Management Plan contains the description of quality management scope and objectives, methodology and tools for SmartFarmer project, and aims to assist in project management.


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Typology: Product 1 - Reports and studies
Description

The Dissemination and Exploitation Plan describes the overall strategy for the dissemination and exploitation of the SmartFarmer project results and knowledge gained during the project.


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Typology: Product 1 - Reports and studies
Description

The report presents the findings of training needs analysis that was carried out in project partner countries in February-May 2014. It provides a summary of the situation of the superfoods sector in the project countries (Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Latvia) and outlines main training gaps and needs related to the marketing of superfood products.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
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This report provides a summary of the situation on Professional Standards of organic farming and/or “smart” agro-foods in the Project countries (Cyprus, Latvia, Greece, Portugal and Spain).


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

Project website (www.smartfarmerproject.eu) contains the description of the project and its consortium, news and events, the public results of the project, and contact details. The information is presented in English and languages of project partners - Greek, Spanish, Latvian and Portuguese.


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Typology: Product 9 - Websites, databases
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Newsletters and press releases have been published contributing to the dissemination of information about the project and its results.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

The SmartFarmer training programme stimulates new eco-innovative ideas on the basis of sustainability by leading the beneficiaries to work on a base that will increase their economic and environmental performance.
The training programme is divided into 3 Modules and was developed to meet the needs of the target audience. Each unit includes case studies and practical exercises.
The SmartFarmer training programme can be accessed online at http://e-platform.smartfarmerproject.eu/.


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Typology: Product 3 - Innovative education and training modules
Description

The e-learning environment allows an easy access to SmartFarmer training programme, with interface in English, Greek, Latvian, Spanish and Portuguese. This online training material can be used for individual, self-directed learning or as supporting material to other training curriculums.


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Typology: Product 6 - Online education and training material (e-learning)
Description

The Trainers' Handbook acts as a support material to trainers/ facilitators that will implement the SmartFarmer training programme. It describes the potential users of the SmartFarmer training programme, provides an overview of the training material, presents the proposed training process, an overview of the e-learning platform and the SmartFarmer consortium.
The Handbook can be downloaded from the project website.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

The Learner's Guide provides an overview of the training material comprising the SmartFarmer e-platform, explains how a learner can use the e-platform, and suggests how to contact the project consortium. The Guide is a concise document that is intended to help the learners use the e-platform for independent learning.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

The pilot workshops allowed to:
- test and evaluate the SmartFarmer training programme with the target groups;
- identify possible improvements in the training programme contents and learning methodology, through the collection of the potential users’ opinions and suggestions;
- encourage the target groups to use the SmartFarmer training programme.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

The training programme evaluation report describes the procedures for testing and evaluating the SmartFarmer training programme and presents the outputs and recommendations resulting from the pilot training workshop organised in each project country.


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Project leaflet includes information about the Smartfarmer objectives and results, and is available in all partner languages and English.
100 promotional USBs were produced, containing a full version of the training programme (off-line version of the e-learning platform), in all partners languages and in English.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

The main goal of the Conference was to provide the partners with another opportunity to meet and discuss the project results with the target group and other stakeholders, and to explore the issues of further cooperation. Moreover, the conference aimed to disseminate the project’s outputs (training material and e-learning platform) to the target groups and at the same time to pave the way for their exploitation.

63 persons attended the conference showing the high interest for the SmartFarmer project results.


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The Minutes are important documents of project management. They helped summarise the decisions achieved during the consortium meetings, and served as a reminder of tasks to be completed and deadlines to be respected.


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Description

Project reports present the progress and achievements of the project, its financial status, exploitation potential and expected impact.


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Description

Needs analysis questionnaire was developed as part of needs analysis methodology.The questionnaires present the participants knowledge and opinions on different aspects of superfoods, (organic) farming and related training. The questionnaires served as a basis for development of Needs analysis report that contributed to the development of SmartFarmer methodology, training programme and learning materials.


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Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

The main aim of the Evaluation Questionnaires was to collect necessary data concerning the quality and adequacy of the SmartFarmer Training Programme. The completed evaluation questionnaires were the main source of data for the Training programme evaluation report that analysed the extent to which the SmartFarmer training programme met the needs of the target group.


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Coordinator

Agricultural Research Institute

1516 Nicosia Cyprus, PO Box 22016, Nicosia
a.stylianou@ari.gov.cy
+35722403116
+35722316770


Partners

Development and Innovation Network
Centro Empresarial de Grândola, Fracção E, Incubadora de Empresas Estrada da Aldeia do Futuro - Quinta Velha 7570-272 Grândola, Grândola


Cyprus University of Technology
31 Archibishop Kyprianos, Limassol Savings Co-Operative Bank, Build 3rd Floor, Limassol


HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
El. Venizelou 70 17671 Athens, Athens


M.A.G.I. – GREEK SUPERFOODS COOPERATION
Mataraga 43300 - Karditsa, Karditsa
Union “Farmers Parliament”
Republikas laukums 2-503 LV1010 Riga, Riga


Fundación Maimona
Carretera Paraje La Nava sn 06230 Los Santos de Maimona, Los Santos de Maimona


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