The eTOMATO project, which stands for “Training and Orientation for Multifunctional Agriculture enTrepeneurial Opportunities”, funded by the Erasmus+ EU programme for €800.000, has officially started!
On 21st – 22nd November the picturesque panorama of “Le Vedute” agro-tourism in Bisceglie (Italy) has witnessed the project’s Kick-Off Meeting: this makes the activities officially starting among all partners.
The University of Foggia is the leading partner in this promising project. eTOMATO finds its strengthens the cooperation between the academic and the entrepreneurial worlds, focusing on the 1st the 2014-2020 Rural Development Policy priority, i.e. “Innovation and knowledge transfer”.
Other project partners besides the University of Foggia, are Tinada, ValueDo, Masseria Redenta from Italy, Granada University and Junquera from Spain, Plovdiv University and ET Blogovesta Vasilieva from Bulgaria, and Gent University and Franken Agro from Belgium.
eTOMATO promotes collaboration among these Universities regarding the academic knowledge, and among the agricultural entrepreneurs that already adopt successful multifunctional agriculture’ business models, to create valuable educational paths and reduce the fragmentation of key competences. This overcomes the gap between the theoretical, from Universities, and practical, from work experience, training. The focus on specific fields aims at developing innovative solutions related to agritourism, educational and social farms.
The KoM allowed to better verify and specify the project activities, and to provide feasible timing framework that is necessary to carrying out those.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme under Grant agreement N. 2018 – 2279 / 001 – 001.