The Strategic Project Management Office (SPMO) organized the second annual partners meeting of the NextFOOD project, which was held online on 3-5 June 2020 with the participation of representatives from 19 Universities and agri-food research centers 13 countries and 3 continents.
The NextFOOD project is a four-year European research Horizon 2020 project that aims to educate the next generation professionals of the agri-food sector and is already in its second year of implementation. The coordinator of the program is the University ofAgricultural Sciences of Sweden, while SPMO coordinates the Greek team that includes the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and the Agri-Food Partnership of the Central Region of Macedonia.
The goal of all its sub-projects is to lead the critical transition to a more sustainable and competitive agri-food system, through the design and implementation of educational and training systems. Thus, it provides/ supports/ encourages? a new model of agricultural knowledge transmission, which is based on learning through practice, while emphasizing the importance of cyclical versus linear knowledge transfer in the agriculture sector.
In such a model, special emphasis is given not only to the farmer’s knowledge and its proper exploitation but also to the importance of creating synergies between all stakeholders in the agricultural sector to emphasize the sustainable dimension towards which agricultural production must be directed. During the program, more than ten different case studies will be implemented, aiming to integrate the learning model through practice in the agricultural sector in different environments.
The progress of the project can be monitored through registration to the NextFOOD platform.