14th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks (IGLS Forum)

Garmisch-P (Germany) – 10 – 14 February, 2020 Adrienn Molnár from UGENT attended the 14th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks. The theme and background of the IGLS Forum was on the production and marketing of food taking place in an interdependent dynamic system, the food system, involving activities of enterprises in chains and networks in agriculture, food processing, and retail and consumers, media, and an institutional environment for policy, marketing, and management support. Among the actors of [...]

2020-03-19T11:20:26+02:00March 26th, 2020|News, UGent, Universities|

COVID-19: Should we worry about food?

If you are in one of the countries applying restrictive measures in face of the COVID-19 virus, you are likely to have seen at least one of the following when buying for your food supplies: police asking you for the self-certificate you need when going to grocery shopping, bringing shopping to relatives, just returning from the shopping; supermarkets emptied out from toilet paper and dry pasta; a certain feeling of judgment when purchasing more than 5 tins of [...]

2020-03-23T17:07:34+02:00March 23rd, 2020|News, Tinada|

First eTOMATO Conference in Granada, Spain

On February 7, 2020, it was carried out the 1st eTOMATO conference from the UGR Spanish team, taking place at the Scientific Documentation Center of the University of Granada. Carried out with the collaboration of the Regional Development Institute and the Department of Human Geography, the agenda included different interventions and presentations that aimed to explain the eTOMATO project: its origins, contents, objectives and the first achievements. Together with the intervention of the Professor Luis M. Sánchez, who [...]

2020-03-19T10:33:00+02:00March 19th, 2020|News, UGR, Universities|

INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION – AGRA Plovdiv

The largest forum in the Balkans for agrarian business, wine, food and equipment opened on February, 19th with the exhibitions AGRA, VINARIA AND FOODTECH at the International Fair Plovdiv.  The mega-forum on agribusiness, wine, food and equipment is unique in the Balkans. It shows the development of several strategic sectors of the economy that are interconnected in both production and marketing aspects. How high technology is changing the way from levels to dining shows the sixth edition of [...]

2020-03-03T11:31:56+02:00March 3rd, 2020|AUP, News, Universities|

Educational and Social Farms in the Apulia Region

In the Apulia Region in Italy, educational and social farms represent an important reference point for communities and territories. In this sector, the need to build up adequate infrastructures for international developments determines the appearance of the so-called "agri-networks". They are characterized by a natural evolution of the logic of public governance applied in the agricultural sector and in local economies. Such logic faces in a more systematic way the needs of unitary management of the increasingly intricate [...]

2020-02-24T12:01:20+02:00February 24th, 2020|News, UniFg, Universities|

How can you distinguish yourself as a farmer in the short supply chain?

We didn’t get to see much sun in Belgium, these last few days. Days are gray and dark – the shortest days of the year. Therefore, it might be the quietest time of the year on our farm. However, it hasn’t really been cold yet... This means that actually we are working constantly: different types of cabbages can still be found on our fields (red ones, white ones, savoy, curled ones, Chinese cabbage and even cauliflowers). In the [...]

2020-02-10T12:06:32+02:00February 13th, 2020|Farmers, gebroeders vercammen, News|

Nature, Farm, and Their Co-work towards a Better Life Quality

The multifunctional farm can take on an educational and social role by proposing a special pedagogy linked to human and nature relations in the various contexts of the rural territory. The Didactic Masseria thus becomes a school of outdoor ecology and active rural pedagogy, which offers experiences of agricultural life in a real traditional farm, with sowing, composting, hoeing, collecting vegetables and medicinal herbs, harvesting, threshing, in an embedded ecosystem-farm making use and working with animals. The Didactic [...]

2020-02-10T11:49:56+02:00February 10th, 2020|Farmers, Masseria Redenta, News|

One year of eTOMATO

So many things happened in this 2019 for the eTOMATO consortium, so let’s try to recap them and give a perspective of what 2020 will bring to our project! In 2019 project partners met twice, once in Ghent (Belgium) and then in Granada (Spain) to revise together the extensive training need analysis conducted, available on the project website. This research allowed the partners to identify the main needs of students and farmer who are interested in developing Multifunctional [...]

2020-01-28T17:13:34+02:00January 28th, 2020|News, Senza categoria, Valuedo|

Food Waste: How Could We Doing Better?

The problem of food waste is such not only because of its staggering amount worldwide, but also because of the way we are dealing with it. In Europe, each year 88 tons of food are wasted – approximately 173 kg per person. The biggest waste comes from the Netherlands (541 kg/person) and the lowest from Slovenia (72 kg); however, the numbers are still too big and actions still too little on the matter overall. This is especially shocking [...]

2020-01-11T12:54:14+02:00January 11th, 2020|News, Tinada|

Problems and Perspectives of Social Innovation in Rural Areas

Social innovation in rural areas is a strategic priority. Rural social innovation can be clearly identified among the EU's priorities and appropriately addressed in the context of funding under the Rural Development Program. Social entrepreneurship is also addressed in the EU Framework Programs - the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program and the Erasmus+ Education Program, where two main aspects of social entrepreneurship are prioritized – that is, youth employment and lifelong learning. Activities related to the analysis [...]

2020-01-02T12:04:27+02:00January 2nd, 2020|AUP, News|