Category Archives: Meeting

SEED project in Italy

The participation of the external stakeholders to the SEED project in Italy is now entering a crucial phase. Experts in digital agriculture, academics and companies have taken part in two focus groups organized on the 6th and 14th of February 2020. They have given a relevant contribution to the review of the curriculum and the competence units. Several key stakeholders such as the University of Perugia, Agricolus, CRATIA Confagricoltura, joined project partners in the two day focus groups and will also participate in in the international event planned in Pamplona, Spain from 23-27 February.

New tools for digital farming advisors

SEED partners and visiting external experts visited the Transfer of Innovation Centre INTIA (http://intisa.es) as part of the meeting held in Pamplona Spain on February 25 2020.

During the meeting, the Agroasesor agri-business advisory tool ( https://agroasesor.es/en/) was described and discussed. The tool allows the generation of data for decision making on different land parcels and agricultural plots. An App is used to establish Traceability helping farmers with crop scheduling, monitoring and strategy.

Sentinel 2 satellite functionalities have been introduced in the Agroasesor tool, with high resolution imagery and 5-day sequencing. The tools allow forecasting and modelling of crops in the hands of farmers and land managers.

A pest monitoring and warning system was then described as a decision support for crop management limiting treatments. Agrointegra was a Life project with an open platform and collaborative online tool (https://agrointegra.eu/en/).This tool is part of an advisory service offered to associate farmers, transmitting latest data to them. The Nadapta Life project eas also introduced. It created an open platform on crop risk (https://lifenadapta.navarra.es/es/) and tests risk prediction models.

The partners and experts then visited the Public University of Navarre to examine the challenges raised by Industry 4.0, where technologies manage, control and transform workplace processes.

SEED project peer review event

SEED project partners and experts from across Europe meet this week in Pamplona, Spain to validate the SEED vocational training curriculum created for ‘Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming’. The purpose of the meeting is to validate the curriculum content, training methodology and assessment methods. As a European project it is important to identify which units can be related to EQAVET (Quality Assurance in VET training).

SEED is a two-year Key Action 3 project seeking to create a vocational qualification “digital advisor in farming”. The qualification will enable the students to be able to advise farmers about innovation and digitalisation. An in-depth analysis of more than 270 qualification profiles from the 4 partner countries (Belgium, Italy, Slovakia, Spain). Based on this research a qualification profile has been designed to focus on digitalisation and entrepreneurship.

The three core units envisaged at EQF (European Qualification Framework) level 5 are agribusiness, innovation and digital perspectives.

Four domain related competences are being evaluated, Strategic planning and sustainable management, Precision farming, Agrifood and added value services and Digital marketing and e-commerce.

First expert review meeting in Nitra, Slovakia

The SEED project seeks to develop and validate a joint vocational qualification on digital farming. The partners presented their initial research results examining the existing situation in different countries, trends in the field and the importance of training actions.

A peer review exercise followed with leading experts from Belgium, Slovakia, Italy and Spain exploring fields related to digital transformation in rural activities. This review dealt with digital knowledge in professional profiles, strategic thinking for value added approaches to digital innovation and the challenge of entrepreneurial actions in decision-making processes.

SEED Project Introduction Peer Review Event from Karl Donert

A presentation in May 2019 at the University of Agriculture Nitra Slovakia as part of the first expert peer-review event held as part of the KA3 Erasmus Plus SEED Project. This presentation introduced the project and the research findings on digital farming, related qualifications and competences. It presents the peer review methodology.

SEED Project kickoff meeting

All  the SEED Project partners gathered at Umbraflor in the Umbria Region  on 28-30 October 2018 to kickoff the new Key Action 3 VET (vocational education) Forward Looking project funded by the European Commission.

The project partners dealt with many different aspects of the project, especally considering the issues concerning the digital transformation of the rural economy.

A presentation concerning green development solutions was made by Fulvio Ananasso, President of Stati Generali dell’Innovazione, an associated partner to the project.

The SEED project aims to i) increase the employability of young people, by supporting the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce, also thanks to transnational placement; ii) support the development of a joint VET qualification at the EU level; and iii) promote work-based learning, supported by a mobility component.

Each of the project outcomes was examined and action plans developed, including work placements and international mobility supported by the grant.