Mediterranean small extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) farmers suffer from similar problems: they own small plots of land and use traditional rain-fed farming, while relying on family manpower. Given globalization challenges, the olive sector of MSMEs is unprofitable and many olive orchards are abandoned or untended, resulting in unemployment within marginalized communities. To face these challenges, ARTOLIO aims at establishing, in each participating region, a Native Olive Regional Knowledge Center (NOReKC) which will provide up-to-date training on how an artisanal EVOO should be produced in order to remain competitive; and, at defining a networking management model for artisanal EVOO through a Pan-Mediterranean Platform comprising all NOReKC, which will assist MSMEs across the Mediterranean region in marketing, sales, finance, policy and legislation, at national level and in entering new global markets. The project will result in higher olive yield and oil quality as well as improved profitability through connecting individual farmers into a global network of resilient MSMEs able to create jobs at mid-long term and manage businesses.
Full title: Profitable and Sustainable artisanal olive oil industry in the Mediterranean
Thematic objective: A.1 Business and SMEs development
Priority: A.1.2 Euro-Mediterranean economic clusters
Countries: Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, France
AGreen’Smart is a project aiming to link the added values gathered from the use of digital technologies in crop farming and animal husbandry (respectively precision agriculture and precision livestock farming), and related tools to valorize data (big data, artificial intelligence or robotics) and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change for a more sustainable agriculture including economic, environmental and social challenges.
AGreen’Smart will focus on the achievement of these environmental and climate change goals (the “green” part) through the use of digital technologies (the “smart” part) in agriculture.
This project is the joint effort of 7 European Universities of Life Sciences: Junia ISA France, UTAD Portugal, NMBU Norway, SLU Sweden, University of Helsinki Finland, University of Liège Gembloux Agro-BioTech Belgium, and Perrotis College Greece.
The Project aims at recovering alkaline and infertile soils through the final development and fine-tuning for the market of a new organic-mineral fertilizer. This new organic-mineral fertilizer is produced with a patented technology using Sulphur fine-mixed with bentonite clay (to make it friable and easy to be absorbed by plants) and dried orange peels, locally sourced from polluting agricultural wastes, such as orange peels
PROJECT TITLE: Organic-mineral fertilizers by using recovered sulphur & orange wastes as sustainable soil recovery from desertification
START DATE: 01/09/2021
END DATE: 28/02/2025
TOPIC: Environment and resource efficiency
This joint project aims to develop comprehensive educational programs and tools to address the current demand and anticipate the future needs of the agricultural industry in Europe.
Smart Farming, or Precision Agriculture, meets today’s need of reducing production cost (viability) and environmental impact: produce more in a more sustainable way, at a lesser cost, with an improved efficiency of input.
We are today at the crossroad of agricultural techniques and mechatronics technologies that have to be combined on the field and in the student’s training to ensure future professionals in the sector.
This European Commission-funded Erasmus Plus project is the joint effort of 7 European Universities of Life Sciences: ISA Lille - Yncréa Hauts-de-France, UTAD Portugal, NMBU Norway, SLU Sweden, University of Helsinki Finland, University of Liège Gembloux Agro-BioTech Belgium, and Perrotis College Greece.
InterHEI is an initiative (under the EIT HEI Initiative) of a pan-European consortium of four forward-thinking higher education institutions (HEIs) and four actors from other sides of the knowledge triangle coordinated by the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw (holder of three prestigious accreditations – EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA – “Triple Crown”).
The overarching objective of the InterHEI project is to unlock the potential of HEI consortium members for innovation and entrepreneurship and to build capacity, enabling them to capitalise on their research infrastructure capacities and opportunities, leverage HEI accumulated scientific knowledge for co-creation with stakeholders, prepare students for entrepreneurial thinking and actions, and establish effective dialogue with industry and government.
The InterHEI consortium comprises 9 full partners and 4 associated partners from Greece, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
Project coordinator is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. SPMO leads a Greek team consisting of AFS, the Alexander Technological Education Institute and the Agronutritional Consortium of the Region of Central Macedonia.
Perrotis College took part in the innovative BalkanROAD programme, a project addressing the need of Balkan agribusinesses to:
As part of the project, a geoinformatics application (web-GIS), the ROADtool, was developed for the calculation of small and medium-sized enterprises’ environmental impact. The ROADtool is expected to aid agribusinesses in producing and marketing low carbon, water and waste footprint products, which are traceable across all production stages; thus, strengthening their short- and long-term market position.
Partner organisations involved in the project, apart from Perrotis College, include the Open University of Cyprus, Institute for Mediterranean Studies “FORTH”, Association of Agri-Environmental Farmers in Bulgaria, Agricultural University of Tirana, and North Macedonian Organic Producers Federation under the coordination of the Benaki Phytopathological Institute in Greece.
BalkanROAD has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the annual Regiostars competition in the SMARTEurope award category, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy. The Regiostars competition aims at identifying good practices in regional development and highlighting innovative, EU-funded projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions, project managers, and businesses. You can find out more and vote for our project here.
Website BalkanROAD: BalkanROAD
Web-GIS app BalkanROAD: ROADtool
BalkanROAD on YouTube
The project "European Nature System -ENS 2.0" is about the output of learning outcomes and qualifications in nature-based and rural tourism sector, in the framework of the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).
Perrotis College, Greece
This program aims, via the development of educational material and a series of trainings, to support new entrepreneurs towards the inception or the development of their activity in rural sector, in relation to agrotourism, apiculture and other areas of entreprenerial expression.
Perrotis College, Greece
High Agricultural and Forestry School, F.Y.R.O.M.
The CulT project aims to strengthen farmers’ capacity to cultivate Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, through a series of training sessions, events and the distribution of a practical guide for MAPs, a main deliverable of this project.
The GLEAN project proposes the design, development and the implementation of an agricultural training program,directed at the NEETs and disadvantaged communities. The program is currently under way, and will be concluded in 31st August 2016.
To learn more and download the deliverables of the project, please visit the project's website
NEW The GLEAN project has been selected by the European Commission as an example of good practices. For more information click here
Becoming a “European Guardian of the Environment”. An Integrated Approach to Strategies for Prevention of Soil Pollution and Rehabilitation of Harmed Territories
A project to support local environmental strategies designed to manage and prevent environmental risks. This project places special emphasis on water and soil preservation.
Innovative entrepreneurial initiatives through transnational partnership; Bulgaria-Greece
The aim of this project is to implement practice–oriented training for entrepreneurs in the primary sector, while providing a platform for networking. The program also aims to develop a professional curriculum on entrepreneurship and to promote the exchange of ideas and know-how.
The project is designed to empower and mobilize local actors to enhance employability in the agrofood sector, via specific analyses of local needs, consultancy services and hands-on training for participants. The program also provides networking opportunities and informational events on career development and prospects.
For more information and to download the deliverables of the project, please visit the project's website http://www.asprota.gr/
The ACT program looks to increase competitiveness and cooperation in the field of agrotourism, especially via the professional development of entrepreneurs in the sector. Program participants received training in the skills required to start an agro-tourism enterprise, and were certified following successful completion of the program.
Compilation of a book on experiential learning and the role of digital competence in education, written for educators, parents, and all stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of educational policy.
This publication was written within the framework of the European Council’s initiative on European cooperation and training (Europe 2020).
The project NERDVET - THINK SMART! ENHANCING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS & MEDIA LITERACY IN VET aims at designing, implementing and testing an educational Toolkit to support VET teachers and trainers in improving critical thinking and media literacy skills in iVET students. By doing so, NERDVET will foster the development of innovative methods and practices to make education more inclusive and able to train more informed and critically aware citizens.
The project partnership includes seven partners from six EU countries: Italy, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands.
Duration: January 2021 – January 2023 (24 months).