AgroLabs project

    AgroLabs project aims to foster the production and distribution of innovative agro-food products of the Balkan-Med area by organizing local value chains, supporting SMEs and producers in their development projects and creating new markets for their products through an open procedure. In addition, specific objectives of AgroLabs will contribute to the inclusion of agro-food chains and creation of local clusters, foster entrepreneurship and innovation, increase the visibility and reputation of typical agro-food products, develop their commercialization, develop local capacity through open access of transnational exchanges and finally to set the basis so as to initiate the Route of Balkan-Med Agro-Food Products and integration with AgroFood Clusters in EU level. To achieve these aims towards the sustainable growth of the Agro-Food sector, all relevant actors should be engaged.

     
     
    In the 4th AgroLabs Newsletter, we are presenting the outputs and the results of the implementation of the AgroLabs Project, as well as, the events that were organized in the final stage, in the context of the AgroLabs Project.

    The main outputs and results of AgroLabs project include:
    • Four Diagnosis of the agro-food chain of Imathia, Lemesos, Blagoevgrad and Fier regions were developed;
    • Seven AgroLabs Workshops  mwere organized on the territory of each project partner so as to enable multi-stakeholders’ joint conceptualisation and development of pilot agro-food innovation clusters;
    • Four Local Events were organized in order to create awareness and disseminate the Project outputs. Key stakeholders on the local level were invited to attend these events;
    • AgroLabs Innovation Summit was held in Fier, Albania, which was a transnational conference that involved key stakeholders from each region, in order to promote the transnational exchange and networking, discuss challenges and develop common solutions and strategies concerning the growth of agro-food sector in Balkan-Med region;
    • Four Local Action Plans were developed that were the results of stakeholders’ consultation activities and aimed at building joint strategy at regional level. They served as the operational plan to establish the AgroLabs cluster;
    • Four Pilot Case Studies were developed. All research partners, in collaboration with agro-food SMEs and local producers worked on case studies that involved innovative products, innovative processes or solutions that respond to the challenges of each of the pilot regions identified in WP3 and WP4;
    • Four AgroFood Innovation clusters have been created. AgroLabs clusters serve as physical places where industry, research institutions and public authorities meet. The four AgroLabs clusters lead to the creation of the Balkan-Med network of agro-food clusters.
    Communication tools:
    Throughout project`s lifecycle, a wide range of channels were used in order to address target audiences and maximize the dissemination of the project AgroLabs Innovation Clusters. Several tools were used, depending on each target audience category, in order to achieve communication adaptability.
    • AgroLabs project identity – project logo;
    • AgroLabs poster – posters were placed on visible place on each project partner organization;
    • AgroLabs website – an official website of the project has been created – www.agrolabs.eu;
    • AgroLabs social media - Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts were created for the project AgroLabs Innovation Clusters;
    • AgroLabs brochures – the brochures were developed and distributed in English and in the national languages of the participating countries;
    • AgroLabs Electronic Newsletters – 4 AgroLabs E-newsletters were developed through the project lifecycle;
    • AgroLabs video was created;
    • AgroLabs Handbook was developed and includes a summary of the project activities and what the project has accomplished;
    • AgroLabs Stickers were placed in a visible place in all equipment that was purchased in the context of the AgroLabs Project;
    • Scientific articles were written by members of the PP3 team, regarding research results/ outcomes, in order to increase the AgroLabs outreach;
    • Event materials were developed. Each set includes a paper folder, a note pad, the AgroLabs brochure (as was mentioned before) and a pen.
    Learn more about the project AgroLabs on:
    Download the Common Methodological Guide of the Project: “AgroFood Innovation Clusters” on the following link: http://agrolabs.eu/images/AgroLabs-Common-Methodological-Guide.pdf
    Download the Communication Plan of the Project: “AgroFood Innovation Clusters” on the following link: http://agrolabs.eu/images/AgroLabs_Communication-Plan_Draft.pdf
    Download all relevant documentation, scientific articles, AgroLabs Newsletters, Brochures on the following link: http://agrolabs.eu/documents

     
    Latest news:
    • 5th meeting of AgroLabs Project was organized by PP2 – Region of Central Macedonia and held on 14th of January 2020 in Thessaloniki, Greece. During the meeting were discussed the implementation of the project, expenditures paid out, project closing and cluster sustainability.
    • Final Transnational Conference was held on 15th of January 2020 in the City Hall of Veria Municipality (Greece). All relevant stakeholders and experts from public sector, academia and industry were invited to participate in the conference, during which the outputs and results of the project were presented

     
     
     

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