FARM (Fostering Agriculture Rural Development and Land Management)

The scope of the project is on a systematic overview of existing ICT DSS tools in ARD that support crop farming, precision livestock farming, climate and quality control and farm management. Therefore, software services for the collection, analysis and visualization of spatial data can effectively support decision-making processes among different stakeholders. Based on such a systematically derived overview, existing gaps will be identified and filled by developing new training materials as well as two DSS prototypes for specific purposes referring to the FARM focus. The project activities are aimed at and tailored according to the needs of the target group such as ARD experts, trainers and policy makers, researchers, academic staff, students, farmers, development practitioners, as well skilled and unskilled adult and other members of vulnerable groups.

Association for Internationalization of Education and Science (INTER-EDU; North Macedonia)

INTER-EDU was founded as a regional organization to foster a greater degree of cooperation among countries in relation to relevant sectorial policies and to European integration issues. INTER-EDU works in the field of socioeconomic policy, focusing on internationalization and modernization in education and science in alignment with related national and EU horizontal polities, particularly gender equality and good governance. The principle activities of INTER-EDU are towards strengthening and improving the education and science through internationalization, sharing of best practices and networking, that is: activities at national and international educational and scientific projects, participation and organization of conferences, seminars and symposia and summer schools. Our activities focus on strategic advice on development, implementation and evaluation of science policy and our mission is to stimulate high-quality research, and to increase the recruitment capacity.

More information are here: http://interedu.mk/

Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT; Spain)

Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) is a public university with long experience and tradition in engineering and economic & business studies. With over 90 R&D groups, the University aims to be not only a place for the dissemination of knowledge but also a source of scientific and technological creation. These groups carry out basic and applied research into a broad variety of fields such as agrifood engineering, environmental engineering, manufacturing, aerobiology and environmental toxicology, mechanical and electrical engineering, business economics, environmental engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, metallurgy, physics, plant production, naval technology, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), etc. UPCT is committed to the promotion of research, development, innovation and scientific exchange with numerous public and private institutions (both national and international), reinforcing its links with the world of industry. The University promotes joint research and scientific exchange programmes with public and private organizations, as well as with several universities. In order to face the challenges of current society and the needs of the labour market, the UPCT organizes conferences and seminars in various areas of science and technology, which also help to strengthen the links between the university and the industry. The European Projects Office of our University, integrated within the Unit of Research and Technology.

 

More information are here: https://www.upct.es/

University of Cyprus (UCY; Cyprus)

The University of Cyprus was officially founded in 1989. Its first students were admitted in September 1992 and presently have an undergraduate student population of about 7000. Postgraduate studies started in 1996. The University has 6 Faculties/Schools (Humanities, Pure and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Education, Economics and Management, Engineering, Letters), and the recently formed Medical School. The Department of Computer Science, belonging to the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, is one of the most active Departments of the University.The Department has 22 academic staff members, and a large number of postgraduate students and research associates. The Department is very active in the areas of information technology and communications. Its research falls under the broad areas of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Internet and Mobile Technologies, e-Health, e-Government, e-Learning and Open and Distance Learning. The Department is highly research oriented with an overall rate of more than 100 publications per year, including a number of books.

More information are here: http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/seit/

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU; Lithuania)

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Agriculture Academy (AA) is a public university established in 1924. ASU includes 5 Faculties (Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Bioeconomy Development, Forestry and Ecology, Water and Land Management) and other units. It is the only state institution of higher education and research in Lithuania awarding the diplomas and degrees at PhD, MSc and BSc levels in the fields of socio-economic management of rural areas, bioeconomy development, food sciences, agriculture, forestry, water and land resources management, climate change and sustainable use of natural resources, agricultural engineering. Expertise of the teachers and researchers in the fields of life sciences, economics, management and engineering guarantee the high quality education and research. At present VMU AA have over 4500 students and 350 teachers and researchers. Internationalisation of studies in VMU AA becoming important part of University Strategy and it is realized by the participation in EU study networks and accepting of international students for full degree studies. VMU AA mission is to create and disseminate the scientific knowledge, striving for safe and healthy food and full-fledged living environment for society.

More information are here:  https://zua.vdu.lt/en/faculties/faculty-of-bioeconomy-development/

Background

Knowledge, skills and innovation are the indispensable foundation of sustainable development. European agricultural and rural development policies have a long-standing record of stimulating innovation, moreover, sharing knowledge within networks speeds the process of adoption of innovations. Given these preliminary considerations, the first challenge of FARM project is to boost knowledge and technology transfer in the agricultural sector. The possibility to increase the level of information available to ARD (Agriculture and Rural
Development) about new technologies is directly linked to sectorial investments, economic and environmental efficiency and sustainability, food healthiness and safety, ability to compete in the international market area.
The support in agriculture and rural development (ARD) remains a vital component for economic, social and environmental sustainability. The ARD faces the challenge in terms of sustainable management of natural resources, depopulation and contributing towards the economic development. The scientific development complements this challenge by focusing on knowledge share and fostering the technology and innovations in ARD. According to economic theory and practice, the formation and transfer of knowledge form a basis of
economic development. Moreover, although direct demand for knowledge is today lower than in the past, economic literature confirms the importance of wide networking, in terms of diversification and number of subjects, for the introduction of new technologies in the agro-food sector (Muscio et al., 2017). There is still a huge gap in European agriculture concerning technological development and organization. Consequently, in a vast majority of European countries and regions, especially those of southern Europe, a well-developed sphere of formation and transfer of knowledge is required. E2020 in ARD fosters innovation, cooperation, and development of a knowledge base in rural areas, enhancing farm viability and competitiveness of all types of agriculture in all regions and promoting innovative farm technologies and sustainable management.

Project Data

Duration

01.11.2020 – 31.10.2022


Funding

Erasmus+, Strategic Partnerships (KA 203; 2020-1-DE01-KA203-005688)


Partner

Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT; Spain)

University of Cyprus (UCY; Cyprus)

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU; Lithuania)

Association for Internationalization of Education and Science (INTER-EDU; North Macedonia)

 

Prof. Dr. Hardy Pundt

Project Leader

FARM
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Raum 2.209, Haus 2, Wernigerode
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Suntje Ehmann

Project Coordination

FARM
Tel +49 3943 659 874
Raum 9.412, Haus 9, Wernigerode