The LIVINGAGRO project, financed under the “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme”, is the largest Cross-Border Cooperation initiative implemented by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI CBC MED Program).
It aims technology transfer and commercialization of research results in the Mediterranean agroforestry sector, through the creation of two Living Labs (olive and silvopastoral systems) based on Open Innovation approaches, and creation of new opportunities for local communities in terms of sustainable farming practices and product diversification, through the identification and implementation of innovative techniques in the agroforestry sector; improvement of the stability of food production of agroforestry sector by promoting the production of quality products that support the income growth of farmers in marginal area with limited resources and environmental constraints; as well as innovation suppotr with high commercial potential in various contexts.
The intervention strategy of the LIVINGAGRO project includes:
- Creation of two Living Labs in multifunctional olive systems (LL1) and in silvopastoral systems (LL2). The Living Labs deal with user-centered open innovation ecosystem, integrating research and innovation processes within a citizen-public-private partnership. The orientation of LIVINGAGRO is at adopting the so-called "Unitary model" which implies the presence of a central management entity in charge of facilitating the creation of innovation communities and the deployment of trials in a cross-border working environment. In detail, within the specific ecosystem, the most relevant stakeholders are established through written agreements between the public and private actors.
- Creation of two platforms necessary for the pre-competitive analysis of proposed innovations and use of tools developed during the project to support technology transfer and exploitation of research results, with the aim of strengthening the links between the different actors operating in the same context (researchers, industry and private). The methodology makes use of participatory approaches, testing, brokerage events between research institutions and enterprises, provision of services to support technology training (TT) and intellectual property rights (IPR).
- Communication and dissemination of the project results, characterized by a two-way flow of feedback between the various actors and stakeholders. Communication and dissemination activities will have four significant targets: farmers and other SME’s, policy makers, users and general public and scientific community. It will be a double-sided exchange, whereby farmers and producers will provide data to the project, which in turn will feed back data to them. Policy makers will be addressed through dedicated events, after the start of the project and at its conclusion, to underline its results, the perspective falls out on the local economy and local environment. Those will be the occasion for presenting the need, if any, of designing new support policies or of better targeting the existing ones. Concerning final users and the general public, the project will experiment original ways of informing and involving them, by mixing rigorous scientific information with widely used social media language.
The partnership of the LIVINGAGRO project consists of:
- Fo.Re.S.T.A.S – Regional forestry agency for the development of the territory and the environment of Sardinia (coordinator);
- CNR – National Council of Research, Italy;
- NARC – National Agriculture Research Center, Jordan;
- LARI - Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, Lebanon;
- MAICH - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece;
- ATM Consulting S.A.S. (ATM), Italy.
ESIAM-USJ is therefore a second partner to LARI in Lebanon, and will be participating in several activities within the LIVINGAGRO project such as experimental and demonstration field trials, as per the signed agreement on July 7, 2022.
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