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+01:00January 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+01:00January 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+01:00January 2nd, 2020|AUP, News|

A good understanding between farmer and consumer is essential for a healthy future!

I am Evi Van Camp from the eTOMATO partner GEBROEDERS VERCAMMEN. As a farmer, I visited a lot of places throughout the years. All of them shared one major concern: how does agriculture contribute to climate change? Opinions were often divided, so time for some fact-checking.   Media has recently stated that the CO2 emission of the steel & mining company Arcelor Mittal is higher than the entire emissions from the agricultural sector. The ongoing discussion of mitigating livestock [...]

2019-11-28T18:52:45+01:00December 2nd, 2019|Farmers, gebroeders vercammen, News, Senza categoria|

How to become a rural entrepreneur

Part of multifunctional agriculture is didactical agriculture, sharing knowledge with others. At La Junquera we do that through the Regeneration Academy, which regularly hosts workshops on farming and rural entrepreneurship.   In the second edition of the Rural Entrepreneurship Course we introduced one of the most interesting topics for the participants and in many cases more difficult for them to develop: marketing and sales. The objective of this session was that at the end the entrepreneurs would have an understanding [...]

2019-11-26T18:43:44+01:00November 28th, 2019|Farmers, La Junquera, News|

The eTOMATO project for Masseria Redenta

The idea of ​​Masseria Redenta within the eTOMATO project is to make encountering different worlds, i.e. the academic and the agricultural entrepreneurial. We want to link those with by providing, in the multi-factorial dimension in agriculture, the possibility of improving the management of it through dissemination and collaborative actions, so as to make agricultural realities more and more competitive and perform better. The goal for Masseria is to make known the primary activity and the cycle of cultures [...]

2019-11-26T18:27:06+01:00November 26th, 2019|Farmers, Masseria Redenta, News|

The Other Side of Multifunctional Agriculture

In the project eTOMATO, we define the dimensions of Multifunctional Agriculture as relating to Rural Tourism, Social and Didactic Farming, and Short Food Supply Chain. These are the most prominent categories of MA but, as underlined by Renting et al. (2009), Tripathi et al. (2015) and Padmos (2019) MA also work in the dimension of Nature Preservation or Management. The graph as shown below developed by Tripathi et al. (2015) better summarizes the dimensions of MA as well [...]

2019-11-06T13:00:06+01:00November 6th, 2019|News, Tinada|

Multifunctional Agriculture in Italy: a sector in continuous evolution

Farming today is no longer just cultivating the land, caring for animals and producing food, but it is also connecting that rural world – and its uses, values, peculiarities and capacities - to the surrounding environment. As shown by ISMEA in its Report on Agricultural Multifunctionality and Agritourism (2018) Italian agriculture is one of the most multifunctional in Europe, with activities between the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Multifunctional farms carry out activities that go from the production [...]

2019-11-06T13:01:42+01:00October 29th, 2019|News, Valuedo|

GOOD PRACTICES of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs)

The SKIN project (Short supply chain knowledge and innovation network) (www.shortfoodchain.eu) is an ambitious initiative in the domain of Short Food Supply Chain (SFSC), which aims to systematize the existing knowledge, fostering demand-driven innovation, building long-term collaboration among European farmers and cooperatives, facilitate stakeholders engagement and promote innovation through demand-driven research in the short food supply chain domain. It deals with re-connecting the two extremities of the food supply chain, reconciling producers with citizens, stimulating mutual trust and establishing a short chain based on common values on food, its origin and [...]

2019-10-28T13:04:11+01:00October 28th, 2019|News, UGent, Universities|

eTOMATO Project Meeting in Granada: Working in Cooperation and Enjoyment

On the last Wednesday the 2nd and Thursday the 3rd of October 2019, all the partners of the eTOMATO project have been reunited in a new meeting in the city of Granada, Spain hosted in the premises of the Faculty of Literature of the University of Granada. The room for the meeting has been in Human Geography Department. The meeting has started with a welcome speech from the Head of Department, Professor Eugenio Cejudo: the next [...]

2019-10-15T11:10:10+01:00October 15th, 2019|News, UGR, Universities|