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NextFOOD employs a case-based action research to develop relevant and effective education and training programmes for a transition to more sustainable agrifood and forestry systems, and to generate new knowledge needed for similar achievements beyond the specific case.
Consortium: 19 partners (Universities, Research Institutions, Non Profit Organizations & Development Foundations) bring their knowledge expertise and experience from different agrifood and forestry systems around the world to ensure the development of an innovative European science and education roadmap for sustainable agriculture. 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. 

Funding: HORIZON 2020, European Union
Duration: May 2018-May 2022


TERMINET (nexT gEneRation sMart INterconnectEd ioT) aims at developing a novel and distributed AI solution by leveraging FL over massive numbers of IoT devices and huge amounts of data. The proposed solution will utilize the virtualization, Software Defined Networking (SDN), and network slicing concepts in order to optimize the training performance. The FL will operate autonomously and will scale according to the number and computational capabilities of the available MEC nodes.

In addition, TERMINET will feature an inter-domain learning platform, where inter-domain knowledge will be seamlessly exchanged. Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies will be exploited in order to embed trust among the MEC nodes as well as their data. In addition, lightweight encryption schemes will be utilized in order to ensure the security and privacy of the users. Finally, three use case scenarios across different domains (i.e., energy/manufacturing, health, agriculture) will be prepared in order to validate the performance of the TERMINET platform.


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.


Gap Analysis Survey

OpenEARTH Conference 2020

Program for skills on ecotourism


The project "European Nature System - ENS 2.0 is about the recognition 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
  • FACE, F.Y.R.O.M..

Duration: 3 years

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

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

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