Adapting to real needs: eTOMATO, SFSCs, and the Apulia Regional Legislation

The partners of eTOMATO believe that at the very basis of a successful project lies its capability to understand the scenario of their operational work, and to efficiently undertake actions within it. eTOMATO has been inspired by the recent matters of “KM O”, or Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs). This concept helps understaning surely why Multifunctional Agriculture is important to those new farmers who cannot afford to place all their eggs in the basket of commodities’ market, on [...]

2019-05-13T19:59:25+02:00May 13th, 2019|News, Universities|

eTOMATO 2nd Focus Group: academia and stakeholders of the agri-food scenarios

We have shared the news of a focus group among University students previously in our social media: that eTOMATO has in fact organized a data collection on the themes of multifunctional agriculture. Questions on what MA means and what it should mean have been addressed to soon-to-be experts of agriculture and related fields. Last week instead, the eTOMATO project has met experts from academia and private organizations. Focus of the discussion has been on the ways it is [...]

2019-04-26T10:49:49+02:00April 26th, 2019|News, Universities|

The way eTOMATO partners make use of multifunctionality: the example of La Junquera (ES)

Another partner of the eTOMATO project is La Junquera, in the Murcia province in the south of Spain, where the sunlight and the enthusiasm abound. La Junquera farm works together with the students of the Regeneration Academy on the ways it is possible to accomplish the transition to a different type of agriculture, known to the community as Regenerative multifunctional Agriculture. This means that La Junquera is diversifying its activities to become more resilient and that it is [...]

2019-04-24T18:47:59+02:00April 24th, 2019|Farmers, News|

Masseria Redenta: how do eTOMATO partners look like?

In a previous article we discussed what is about the funding of eTOMATO, and the Erasmus+ programme. But what about those actors making the project come to life? One is the Italian Masseria Redenta: an educational farm which environment is ideal to allow all those who wish, their operational field and age being larger or smaller, to establish a "real" contact with nature and the agricultural world. Activities such as spending a day in the countryside, laying on [...]

2019-04-17T12:22:50+02:00April 17th, 2019|Farmers, News|

But.. how was eTOMATO financed?

If you ever asked yourself which institution does finance a project for e-learning boosting innovation in the multifunctional agriculture sector and why, you will be interested in reading this article. Let us start by saying the eTOMATO is a project financed in the framework of ERASMUS+, which is the European Union’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain [...]

2019-04-01T20:13:54+02:00April 1st, 2019|Dissemination, News|

How to adapt to consumers change in preference? Evidence from the SKIN project

In our current society, we are forced to live fast. Capacity to adapt and transform is needed to follow the quick changes of politics and technology, of our society and thus markets. But where does this speediness come from? Partially, from consumers: it is of them to express desire for things to be always new and innovative, for them to enlarge the horizons of their spheres of understanding. It is important then for the actors providing goods and [...]

2019-04-05T12:11:15+02:00April 1st, 2019|Dissemination, News|

Off to market: but which one? Understanding the participation of small-scale farmers in short food supply chains

Some research has identified the elements that impact the importance small-scale farmers attach to different marketing channels of short food supply chains. In other words, which farmers choose which markets to seel their produce. In this research, two entirely different types of markets that are considered are: “conventional” markets, with no restrictions on locality, where the farmer-market relationship is based on binding contracts, and “farmers’ markets” where only local farmers can sell ad hoc, and where they use [...]

2019-03-22T18:40:19+02:00March 22nd, 2019|News, Universities|

The University of Granada hosting a workshop on multifunctionality

Today, March 18th, a seminar on Multifunctionality in Agriculture as part of the eTOMATO project has been carried out with the students of the fourth-year course in the class "Planning and Management of Rural Spaces" belonging to the Degree in Geography and Territorial Management. In this activity the analysis, debate and discussion on the multifunctional possibilities for agricultural holdings has been developed. Are those capable of generating, jointly, products for the market directly rewarding the farmer,  and other [...]

2019-03-22T18:14:11+02:00March 18th, 2019|News, Universities|

The state of the art of multifunctional farming in Bulgaria

Multifunctional agriculture is a tendency, which is developing intensely and is gaining followers in Europe, as well as all over the world. The scope of activities is constantly expanding, as well as the forms, under which its functioning is organized. The positive results, which are observed in practicing multifunctional farming in more advanced in this relation countries, give the grounds to be expected that this experience will find its way in Bulgaria, enabling to solve or at least [...]

2019-03-11T12:17:20+02:00March 7th, 2019|News, Universities|

The project eTomato

eTomato is an initiative of 10 partners from 4 European countries aimed at creating an educational offer for easing the uptake of new business practices respecting the Multifunctional Agriculture (MA) framework, particularly in the domains of Social and Didactic Agriculture, Rural Tourism and Short Food Supply Chains. MA is the approach for diversifying agricultural business through the application of Lean Resources Management practices to promote the Rural Development. The MA outputs generate the so-called the Triple Bottom Line [...]

2019-02-27T10:25:08+02:00February 15th, 2019|Conferences|