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EU Funded Projects

The NEXTFOOD project is funded under the Horizon 2020 program and has successfully reached Grant Agreement preparation. It is expected to be launched in April 2018. The aim of the project is to drive the crucial transition to more sustainable and competitive agrifood and forestry systems development by designing and implementing education and training systems to prepare potential or already practicing professionals with competencies to push the green shift in our rapidly changing society.

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. 

Project announcement

Project website

BalkanRoad project

The project BalkanRoad, towards farms with zero carbon, waste, and water footprint, suggests a roadmap for sustainable management strategies for the Balkan agricultural sector.



Benaki Phytopathological Institute

Institute for Mediterranean Studies

American Farm School Post Secondary Educational adn Training Association

Open University of Cyprus

Association of Agri -Environmental Farmers, Bulgaria

Agricultural Univarsity of Tirana, Albania

Organic Producers Federation, F.Y.R.O.M.


Kick off meeting (6 December 2017)

Press Release (12 January 2018)

Gap analysis Survey

OpenEARTH Conference 2020 (call for papers)

uropean Nature System -ENS 2.0

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).



Balkania, F.Y.R.O.M.

Aris, Italy

Best, Austria

Perrotis College, Greece

Itaca, Italy



Second project meeting

Program for Rural Entrepreneurship

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.


Probio, F.Y.R.O.M.


Perrotis College, Greece

Mladiinfo, F.Y.R.O.M.

High Agricultural and Forestry School, F.Y.R.O.M. 

Strengthening farmers’ cultivation capacity for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) through transfer of knowledge and best practices

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.

Project partners

  • American Farm School Probio Dooel Skopje
  • Fondatsiya za Biologichno Zamedeliebioselena
  • J.P.Makedonski Sumi

Growing levels of Employability/Entrepreneurship in Agriculture for NEETs

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.

Project partners

  • Centro Studi Analisi di Psicologia e Sociologia Applicate C.S.A.P.S.A.
  • MILITOS consulting S.A.
  • Diputation Provincial de Jaen
  • American Farm School
  • Cooperativa Sociale COpAPS

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

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.

Project partners

  • Region of Peloponnese, Greece, Thessalonica Agricultural and Industrial Institute, Greece, BIC of Attica, EC Business and Innovation Center of Attica, Greece
  • Federation of Industries, of Northern Greece (FING)
  • Agricultural University Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgaria
  • Szent Istvan University, Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Environment and Landscape Management, Hungary
  • Potenza Chamber of Commerce, CCIA, Italy
  • Veneto Agricoltura, Regional Agency for Agriculture, Forestry and Agri-Food Sectors, Italy
  • IRECOOP, Regional Institute for Education and Co-operatives Studies, Italy
  • ARPAV, Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection of Veneto Region, Italy
  • INCDBA, National Institute of Research and Development for Food Bioresources, IBA, Romania
  • Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, KGZS, Slovenia
  • Zadar County Development Agency, ZADRA, Croatia
  • University of Belgrade, FAB, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia

Innovative entrepreneurial initiatives through transnational partnership; Bulgaria-Greece

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.

Project partners

  • Entrepreneurship Academy CEED Bulgaria
  • American Farm School Post Secondary Educational and Training Association (best known as Perrotis College
Local Employment Schemes

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.

Project partners

  • Anatoliki, S.A.
  • Ameircan Farm School 
  • Municipalities of Thermi, Pylaias – Hortiati, Kalamaria, Thermaikou
  • Gnosi – Anaptixiaki NGO
  • KEK Idea
  • Technical Chamber of Greece / Section of Central Macedonia 

For more information and to download the deliverables of the project, please visit the project's website http://www.asprota.gr/

Agrotourism Certification

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.

Project partners

  • American Farm School 
  • Balkan Alliance of Hotel Association
  • St Kliment Ohridski University - Bitola


  • E-learning material and platform
  • Participation in International Agrotourism Conference and Development of Networks
For Learning Innovation & developing a Sense of Entrepreneurship

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).

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