Title Improving skills for Smartfarming as an innovative tool for rural development and economic growth
Project Number 2013-1-CY1-LE005-03114
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
“Superfoods” refers to foods (goji berry, blueberry, black chokeberry, hippophae, spiroulina, aloe vera) with high nutritional value defined by their antioxidant capacity and their overall health benefits.
The main objectives of the project are to highlight:
a) the reasons for why the production and marketing of the Superfoods is an alternative beneficial option for the bio-producers.
b) the competitive advantages for bio-producers comparing to other bio-products.
7 partners, from Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Spain and Portugal, cooperated to develop a modular Training Programme and e-learning platform on marketing of agri-products with high nutritional value, so-called Superfoods.
The purpose of project outputs is to enhance the transfer of knowledge in the specialized agriculture areas of superfoods, improve the skills and competences of food producers and encourage rural development in the project countries and Europe.
The definitional context of “Superfoods” refers to foods with very high nutritional value defined by their antioxidant capacity and their overall health benefits. This group of superfoods consists of goji berry, blueberry, black chokeberry, hippophae, spiroulina, aloe vera and many other foods.
The project has created a training programme, an e-platform and an e-book on marketing of superfoods. The purpose of project outputs is to enhance the dissemination and transfer of knowledge and innovation in the specialized agriculture areas of the selected superfoods.
To enable the attainment of the objectives set forward by the project the conceptual as well as empirical principles of Smart Specialisation (SS) have been adopted. The operationalisation of the conceptual principles and SS led to the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the selected regions represented by the consortium partners.
The success of this initiative was based greatly on adopting the principles and standards of smart specialization. The implementation of the philosophy of smart specialisation led to the exchange of knowledge and expertise in selected regions, represented by the program’s proposed partners.
The main objectives of the SmartFarmer programme were to highlight:
a) The reasons for why the production and marketing of the superfoods is an alternative beneficial option for the bio-producers.
b) The competitive advantages comparing to other bio-products.
The SmartFarmer project aimed to improve the skills and competences of people in the agricultural sector by introducing a training programme in Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Spain and Portugal while at the same time encouraging rural development in project countries in particular and Europe in general. The project was based on the transfer of the results of ProudFarmer project that was completed in 2010 and provided innovative results that were successfully integrated in formal training programmes in partner countries. The objectives of SmartFarmer included the analysis of the MTTM training programme and materials, their adaptation to the requirements of the target group and project countries; sharing experiences in smart farming practices training and development of new (e-)learning contents; testing and evaluation; dissemination of information about the project and project results and preparation of appropriate mechanisms/processes for their further exploitation.
The project has been implemented by a consortium of 7 partners from 5 EU countries spanning from North to South of Europe (Cyprus, Spain, Latvia, Greece and Portugal). The consortium was comprised of education and training organisations, authorities responsible for rural development, thus allowing combining different views and experiences.
Open and distance learning
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
open and distance learning
material for open learning
During the period October 2013 - October 2015, the following activities have been implemented successfully:
- Adaptation of learning materials including development of new learning content,
- Development of Trainers' Handbook and Learner's Guide,
- Translations of all materials into Greek, Latvian, Spanish, Portuguese,
- Development of e-learning environment,
- Development of e-learning contents,
- Development of testing and evaluation methodology,
- Organisation of pilot testing and evaluation in Cyprus, Latvia, Greece, Spain and Portugal,
- Training Programme Evaluation based on feedback of testing participants (questionnaires),
- Implementation of Dissemination and Exploitation Plan - development of press releases and newsletters, design and dissemination of project leaflets and USBs, organisation of international conference, updates to project website, etc.,
- Organisation of 5 project meetings,
- Implementation of Quality Management Plan including internal and external project evaluation,
- General project management and coordination.