The WELLFOOD ACTION project has been co-finance under the Targeted Call on EUSAIR, launched by the IPA CBC 2007-2013 Programme on February 2016.
The project is promoted by the Chamber of Commerce of Macerata and involves 6 partners from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, including Marche Region – Environment and Agriculture Department.
The project intends to capitalize and extend lesson learnt, activities and results of the previous cooperation project WELLFOOD, co-financed under the 2nd call for proposal of the IPA Programme.
The goal of the Flourish project is to bridge the gap between the current and desired capabilities of agricultural robots by developing an adaptable robotic solution for precision farming. By combining the aerial survey capabilities of a small autonomous multi-copter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a multi-purpose agricultural Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), the system will be able to survey a field from the air, perform targeted intervention on the ground, and provide detailed information for decision support, all with minimal user intervention. The system can be adapted to a wide range of farm management activities and different crops by choosing different sensors, status indicators and ground treatment packages. The gathered information can be used alongside existing precision agriculture machinery, for example, by providing position maps for fertiliser application.
The Flourish project is funded by the European Community's Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement no 644227-Flourish and from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 15.0029.
On 22 July 2014, Marche Region and ASSAM successfully arranged a regional focus group “Fruit and vegetable supply chain in the Marche Region: state of play and innovation opportunities “ in the framework of the WELLFOOD project with the support of NOMISMA SpA, the company that carries out economic research and consulting for businesses, associations and public administrations at national and international levels. The focus, held in ASSAM headquarter and attended by more than 50 participants, was aimed at establishing an open discussion with local actors allow to point out strengths and needs in the food innovation applied to the fruit and vegetable supply chain that represents one of the core, innovative and growing sector of the Marche Region agri-food context.
The Adriatic sea represents the environmental, social and cultural element bridging the Eastern and Western shores, the richness of natural resources characterizing the Adriatic sea in endangered by man-made factors that are threatening the vitality of ecosystem. The ECOSEA project aims at promoting the protection and enhancement of sea and coastal environment by implementing innovative approach to manage in coordinated manner the fishery activities. The project, led by Veneto Region, involves 9 partners from 3 Adriatic Area Countries.
The entrepreneurs may have great knowledge about their product and the production phase but lack of knowledge on businesses development, how to handle growth, cooperation, logistics, market knowledge etc. The local food sector SMEs have a great potential of playing an important role in creating jobs and opportunities in rural areas. The local food represents a tool to develop new business opportunities and products, also promoting a higher degree of local pride and identity and providing secure jobs and economic growth.
Thanks to its high qualified technical and human resources, ASSAM has been appointed by Marche Region Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Department to support and implement technical activities in the framework of the “ WELLFOOD – Promoting Food Innovation for Wellness in Adriatic” project of which the Region is partner.