On 26th February, eTOMATO consortium organized its first International Event to present the project, the training course prepared thanks to the support of European Commission and to give the opportunity to participants to raise their questions and doubts about the course that each university partner is about to start very soon. 

The conference was held on Zoom and more than 70 people participated; beyond the students that will attend the course, also teachers and farmers from different countries attended the event, showing a deep interest in eTOMATO project and its results. 

The Conference started with a brief project presentation given by Gianluigi De Pascale, researcher and project manager representing the University of Foggia, lead partner of the project. Gianluigi introduced also the theme of Multifunctional Agriculture and the importance of our project for developing socially oriented, environmentally friendly and profitable agriculture in Europe. 

Then, all the University partners presented the 4 Modules that compose the eTOMATO course. Each University focused on one Module, according to its filed of specialization in Multifunctional Agriculture: 

    • University of Ghent prepared Module 1 – Introduction Module. Margo Degieter, Researcher at UGent, pointed out that the goal of this module is to gain a basic insight into the following topics: business plan and business model canvas, marketing management, financial analysis and cost accounting, since these are important for the success of a business.
    • University of Foggia is responsible for Module 2 – Social and Didactic Agriculture. Professor Mariantonietta Fiore explained that the aim of the module is the understanding of concepts, strategies and elements of the rural development, by browsing models, policies and innovative methods of rural development paths toward the social agriculture. 
    • University of Granada developed Module 3 – Rural Tourism. Professor Luis Miguel Sánchez Escolano underlined the importance of this field of MA, to be seen as a real possibility to promote processes of social, economic and cultural development in rural areas. It is also an activity with an extraordinary capacity to mobilize resources and generate income.
  • University of Plovdiv prepared Module 4 – Short Food Supply Chain. Professor Stela Todorova highlighted the new ways of linking research with practice in multifunctional agriculture and in particular shortening food supply chains. The module will provide evidence of the diversity of short food supply chains in Europe and their contribution to sustainable rural development.

Also the Company partners presented themselves through videos shot directly within the farms. All the videos are available in the official channel of eTOMATO, here. At the same link is also available the registration of the International Event.

At the end of the presentations, participants had the possibility to ask questions to the hosts.

The eTOMATO consortium is very satisfied with the success of the event: we are sure that now all the participants have a clear understanding of the structure of the course and the topics addressed. In any case, for any kind of information you are all invited to write to etomato19@gmail.com.