Miniaturization technology: synergies of research and innovation to enhance the economic development of the Adriatic
- Priority and Measure
Measure 1.1 – Research and Innovation
Priority 1 – Economic, social and institutional cooperation
- EUSAIR Pillars
- Type of Project
- Emidio Sabatini
- Interviewee role
- Researcher – Project Coordinator
- CREA-ORA , Council for Agricultural Research and Economics
- +39 0735 701706
- Project website
- Budget in euros
|Role||Name||City||Country||Contact person||Email / website|
|Lead Partner||CREA-ORA Council for Agricultural Research and Economics||Monsampolo del Tronto||Italy||Emidio Sabatinifirstname.lastname@example.org / www.crea.gov.it|
|Partner 1||EC Business Innovation Center of Epirus||Ioannina||Greece||Aikaterini Filippou- Keramidaemail@example.com|
|Partner 2||AULEDA- Local Economic Development Agency||Vlore||Albania||Mirela Kocifirstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com|
|Partner 3||University of Teramo – Department of Food Science||Teramo||Italy||Michele Pisantefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 4||Rural Development Association||Spoleto||Italy||Luciano Lauteriemail@example.com|
|Partner 5||Croatian Chamber of Economy||Zagreb||Croatia||Marja Misulicfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 6||Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers Zepce||Zepce||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Erol Maglicemail@example.com|
|Partner 7||Albanian Development Fund||Tirana||Albania||Blendi Bushatifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 8||AZRRI-Agency for rural development of Istria ltd Pazin||Pazin||Croatia||Jasenka Kapuralinemail@example.com|
The aim of the IPATECH project was to strengthen research & innovation competences in the agro-food sector in order to contribute to competitiveness and enhance the economic sustainability of businesses, located in the cooperation area, that operate in this sector (especially micro and small rural enterprises). In the involved territories the level of cooperation and research in the agro-food sector has been improved as well as technologies transfer and the exchange of best practices. Especially important was the creation of a transnational network amongst entrepreneurs, research institutes and institutions to define common strategies to better deal with markets and products globalization. Relevant are the principles that originated IPATECH: the need to produce safe and good quality agro-food products; the safeguard of the environment during the production and processing processes; accessibility to innovation by final users (mainly micro and small rural businesses).
What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?
Many were the activities foreseen by the project, implemented in pilot areas: analysis focused on the agro-food sector and on the technologies mostly used in the involved territory; spotting of best practices and areas of excellence to facilitate the transfer of experiences; creation of tools capable of effectively disseminating information acquired on the available technologies; establishment of Agrofood Innovation Centres aimed at making easier access to innovative technologies and knowledge. Most relevant milestones were: the planned experimentation which was implemented by all partners with machineries capable of processing safe and good quality products; the organization of workshops to inform the project target groups and stakeholders, but also local communities, about the expected and unexpected project results, and finally the involvement of rural farmers in the activities with the pilot machines, all over the partners ‘ territory.
Which are the project main results/impacts?
Result/Impact 1: SMALL FARMERS’ EASIER ACCESS TO INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Innovative miniaturized technologies for fruit and vegetable, dairy products and olives transformation were purchased by project partners and made available to the largest public of farmers and stakeholders in order to introduce new technologies that guarantee an high quality of the products and the highest added value, in order to overcome the difficulties encountered by small farmers of the Adriatic area.
Result/Impact 2: BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY SMALL RURAL ENTREPRENEURS
Open days, workshops, participation to rural fairs within the involved territories were pursued by all the partners in order to spread innovation in their pilot area.
Best practices were collected in order to share them amongst different territories.
A series of policy recommendations for stakeholders and authorities of the involved territories were set up.
Result/Impact 3: AGROFOOD INNOVATION CENTRES AND SUPPORT FOR SMALL RURAL BUSINESSES
Thanks to the project small rural businesses can rely on an additional (more direct) support system (the Agrofood Innovation Centres) to improve their knowledge and know-how about green technologies and safe/high quality processing of agro-food products. The establishment of Agrofood Innovation Centres at partners’ premises allows the implementation and the continuation of project activities and support to farmers beyond project duration.
Result/Impact 4: NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND POSITIVE EFFECTS ON CULTURAL CHANGE
Introduction of new technologies capable of promoting a positive cultural change (like in the case of Albanian olive oil producers that were able to learn about a processing technique using low temperatures, capable of notably improving the quality of the olive oil they produce).