Sustainable Agriculture

Project title / Acronym Transferring methods for validation of informal learning to VET institutions in the field of sustainable agriculture / AGROSKILL
Source of funding LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME<br>LEONARDO DA VINCI Transfer of innovation<br><br>
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 10/2013 (23 months)
Project coordinator / partners Chambre d'agriculture de l'Ariège (FR)
European Certification and Qualification Association (AT)
Berufsfortbildungswerk Gemeinn. Bildungseinrichtung des DGB mbH (DE)
TREBAG Property and Project Management Ltd (HU)
Sveučilište u Zagrebu Agronomski Fakultet (HR)
Consejería de Agricultura, Desarrollo Rural, Medio Ambiente y Energía del gobierno de Extremadura (ES)
Extremadura Energy Agency (ES)
Project summary

The main project objectives are: 
- Objective 1. Transfer of current EU formal training and EU innovative cv structures in the field of eco-efficient agriculture, from previous LLP projects to countries going through an agricultural technological transformation.   
- Objective 2. Transfer of innovative methodologies for Validation of prior non-formal, informal learning, in the field of sustainable and eco-efficient agriculture, to countries with agro-skills based on expertise and non-formal learning.  
- Objective 3. To involve teachers and VET centres in the analysis of current learning, in comparison with the transferred learning tools within the sustainable agriculture sector.  
- Objective 4. Strengthen the link between VET professionals and the world of work by identification and anticipation of skill needs and their integration in VET, to provide career guidance to individuals.  
- Objective 5. To involve teacher and enterprises in the adaptation of current non formal and informal learning, for its validation as formal curriculum and subsequent development of pilot tests in VET centres of each country.  In general, project aims to develop the skills and competences of VET teachers in sustainable agriculture, which align properly with the priority 3.2.2 of the Leonardo program: “Support to initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers, tutors and VET institution managers”.  

In accordance with this priority, Agroskill will improve the skills of the teacher by providing innovative tools for the validation of non-formal learning and expertise. Moreover, the project will also transfer proved innovative learning structures from previous LLP projects, involving teachers and companies in the design of the new training structures which will lead to formal EU curriculums and pilot courses. The achievement of these objectives is assured by the WP structure and the consortium experience.


Project title / Acronym ACID - Improving competencies of agricultural counselors in development of agriculture and rural areas / ACID
Source of funding European Union - Lifelong Learning Programme
Program and contract references Leonardo da Vinci (Transfer of Innovation) Project Number - [2012-1-TR1-LEO05-35178]
Date of approval and duration 11/2012 (24 months)
Project coordinator / partners Gaziosmanpasa University (Coordinator Applicant), Tokat, TURKEY

- IRMA-SL Institute of Restoration and Environment, (Core Partner), Leon, SPAIN

- International Agricultural Training Center (Core Partner), Ankara, TURKEY

- Central Union of Cattle Breeders of Turkey (Associated Partner), Ankara, TURKEY

- Karar Engineering Association (Associated Partner), Ankara, TURKEY

- Taskopru Agriculture, Livestock Breeding, Fisheries and Cultural Values Conservation Association (Associated Partner), Kastamonu, TURKEY

Project summary

The Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock has been authorizing agricultural advisors to follow the developing technology and innovations since 2009 and subsidized their activities. Agricultural advisors are adult educators who provide advisory and consulting services to farmers on technical issues and encounter difficulties in terms of dissemination methodology due to both the specific conditions of farmers and limited educational methods and materials. Framework certificate of competency defining proficiency of agricultural advisors and educational modules to obtain competency is needed. The project will reveal the current situation, needs and difficulties of advisors encountered in the field. The experience of the project partners will enable developing a framework professional competence certificate and necessary educational module. The competency of agricultural advisors will be defined in compliance with the European Quality Framework (EQF). An educational module will include the innovative dissemination methodologies, which will allow the development of a quality framework for agricultural advisors. The source projects are the “MYRCAS” Project of Spanish Institute of Restoration and Environment and “CerOrganic” DoI Project coordinated by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (2010-2011).


Project title / Acronym Rational Management of Biotic and Abiotic Parameters in Hydroponic Cultivation of Tomato and Lettuce / HYDROFLIES
Source of funding Interreg - Cooperation Programme between Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013
Program and contract references K3_01_03 on 15/10/2012 at Inter-Border Cooperation Programme between Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013, co-financed 80% by the European Union (ERDF) and 20% by National Funds of Greece and Cyprus
Date of approval and duration 10/2012 (24 months)
Project coordinator / partners Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) -coordinator

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh)
Institute of Olive Tree & Subtropical Plants of Chania (ELGO-DIMITRA)
University of Crete (UC)
Municipality K. Polemidia (DIPO)

Project summary

The aim of the project is the development of closed hydroponics systems in greenhouses (recycling nutrient solutions) for two important vegetables, tomato and lettuce, grown in Crete and Cyprus, as well as farmers training to use them. Furthermore, the "Hydroflies" team will develop a mass rearing system for two important beneficial insects that will be used to control various herbivore pests such as Tuta absoluta, whiteflies and others in order to minimize the use of pesticides. Finally a management protocol for nutrient solutions and phytopathological problems will be drawn up for these crops especially for Crete and Cyprus microclimate, which can be used to implement a single certification for these products. By doing thus, we hope to increase the existing qualities of the products while maximizing their safety for their consumption.


Project title / Acronym MINERVA Standard Development – Experimental Application of Olive Production
Source of funding MINERVA AE
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 06/2011 (36 months)
Project coordinator / partners MAICh
Project summary Increasing demand for food quality and safety as well as sound management of biotic and abiotic resources towards a minimum environmental impact have enforced a 3-years collaboration with a leading Greek company (MINERVA) in the food market. Here, primary production critical points are targeted and experimentally tested: agrobiodiversity, nutrient, water and energy use, CO2 emissions. The initiative follows previous examples worldwide for food safety and quality (e.g. farm to fork, the Global Food Safety Initiative etc.) and tangible outcomes are expected to benefit significantly olive primary production in Greece and the Mediterranean. A Production Standard will be created to cover primary production, processing and packing of olive oil.


Project title / Acronym Production of open- and greenhouse-grown vegetables using reduced chemical inputs: use of biotechnology for integrated study of resistance towards whitefly-transmitted criniviruses, insecticides resistance and the virus-vector relation BIOALEUROIOI
Source of funding Cooperation I (Synergasia) – ESPA2007-2013 General Secretariat of Research &amp; Technology Greek Ministry of Development
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 01/2011 (36 months)
Project coordinator / partners University of Crete (Dept. Biology)
MAICh, Aristotele University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Efthimiadis AE, Charantonis AE
Project summary Open- and greenhouse grown vegetables are infested by large whitefly populations in Greece and other Mediterranean countries. These populations cause significant primary damage but also indirect damage by transmitting serious viruses annually. The dramatic increase of whitefly populations over the last two decades has had as a result, the expansion of novel, previously uncharacterized criniviruses worldwide and in the Mediterranean.

Understanding and control of the problem represent the scope of this investigation. More specifically in this in this proposal, we shall study:
1. crinivirus epidemiology (presence, expansion, predominance etc.) in Greece and crinivirus genomes variability at species level,
2. crinivirus transmission by T. vaporariorum and B. tabaci whiteflies and the relation between virus transmission and insecticides resistance, 
3. whitefly response to novel control approaches of low (chemical) or zero (biological) toxicity and white-fly response to insecticide resistance management programs and integrated control programs,
4. pathogenesis and replication of criniviruses in vitro
5. the possibility of induction resistance to one or more criniviruses using RNA silencing technology.
6. The reduction of chemical inputs in vegetable production and the exploitation of biotechnological approaches towards crinivirus-resistant plants represent the mid-term objectives of this proposal.


Last update: Sep 13, 2017

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