The Green Growth Platform organized the regional event “Digital Technologies in Sustainable Food Systems”

GGP and AGFT have jointly organized the regional event “Digital Technologies in Sustainable Food Systems” in Skopje, North Macedonia. This outreach event presented an excellent way to gather relevant representatives from different stakeholders’ groups: policy makers, public institutions, academia-universities, faculties and institutes, technology providers, food companies, consultants, farmers, NGOs, donors, and EU projects, and to discuss important aspects of sustainability and circularity in agriculture and food industry as well as to highlight the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation and use of smart technologies in these areas.

Carbonica project representatives, Prof. George Zalidis, i-Bec from Greece, Prof. Verica Ilieva, UGD and Blagoja Mukanov, AGFT from North Macedonia participated in the Round table 1: Readiness of the agri-food sector in the Balkan region to support technological (digital) transition for sustainability, moderated by Prof. Biljana Balabamova, UGD from North Macedonia. The Round table 2: Transforming the Agri-Food Systems – EU vs Balkan (Multi stakeholder perception and approach) was moderated by Prof. Emilija Arsov, Dean at the Faculty of Agriculture, UGD from North Macedonia where guest speakers were experts from Croatia, Slovenia and North Macedonia. Carbonica was also presented in the Synergy hour dedicated to EU projects.


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CARBONICA at “Days for young researchers from the faculty of agriculture” – University of Goce Delchev Shtip

Green Growth Platform attended the CARBONICA project workshop organized by the University of Goce Delchev Shtip titled “Science and practice: current state of the real conditions”. This workshop was part of the “Days for young researchers from the faculty of agriculture” event which includes a student conference, workshops and several networking events targeted at young students and scientists from the field of agriculture.

The workshop presented the main goals of the project along with the main tasks and activities encompassed in the working packages and the consortium of organizations responsible for the project implementation. Furthermore, there was a session dedicated to the basic principles and application of carbon farming and carbon farming technologies.

Finally, a tech session held by AgFutura technologies, the local consortium coordinator, explained the piloting and experiment related field activities and future steps in the project realization.

2nd BioRural project meeting took place in Rome!

Biorural 2nd meeting

2nd BioRural project meeting took place in Rome!

Partners discussed progress and periodic achievements in the process of developing a transition framework towards a sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and just circular Bioeconomy across all Europe at local and regional scale.

BioRural team is dedicated in supporting innovators to scale-up inclusive and small-scale bio-based solutions in rural areas.

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Project Ploutos – Semiannual Newsletter No 5

Project PLOUTOS semiannual Newsletter No. 5 is now available.
Stay up to date with all the news regarding this EU project.

The agri-food system is facing a major turning point. New data sharing technologies developed within PLOUTOS could revolutionize the way we produce and consume food, leading to a more sustainable future.

  • The End is just the Start of a New Chapter

This is the final PLOUTOS Newsletter.
Here you’ll find all the latest progress and updates of the project.

PLOUTOS aimed to create opportunities to rebalance the agri-food value chains, leading to a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable systems.

The progress achieved demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the PLOUTOS consortium towards creating a more sustainable agri-food system. We are very happy to be part of this project that had a real impact on agri-food value chains!

  • New Data Sharing Architecture for Agri-food System

The agri-food system is facing a major turning point. New data sharing technologies developed within PLOUTOS could revolutionize the way we produce and consume food, leading to a more sustainable future.

  • With the finish line in sight

The pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together! Experts from different disciplines and actors within the agri-food supply chain, reconvened to exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices and create the final set of Policy Recommendations for the modern agri-food value chains.

Learn more by clicking HERE.

  • Refinement of the Sustainable Innovation Framework

The PLOUTOS Sustainable Innovation Framework (SIF) is a process that helps organizations to identify, develop, and implement sustainable innovations. The SIF is a cyclical framework, meaning that the organization can return to any of the stages at any time. This flexibility allows the organization to adapt the framework to its specific needs. The framework consists of five phases (two new stages have been added recently) which are presented and briefly explained below.

  • Updates from our Sister Projects #H2020FoodSis

               – LOWINFOOD is having an impact
               – FOODRUS e-learning course
               – FAIRCHAIN online course

  • The work doesn’t stop here

One of the most important challenges we face is the lack of access to data. Data is essential for developing accurate and actionable information that can help farmers make better decisions.

That’s why we need the next generation of innovators to step up and use their skills to collect and analyze data. With access to data, we can create digital solutions that are truly transformative for agriculture.

Access the complete newsletter through the following LINK.

Green Growth Platform and UGD – Stip, organized a workshop dedicated to the Application of digital technologies for sustainable food systems and sustainable agriculture


On the 13 th of June 2023, Green Growth Platform in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, University Goce Delchev – Stip, organized a workshop dedicated to the Application of digital technologies for sustainable food systems and sustainable agriculture.

The event was also supported by AGFutura Technologies.

During the sessions, the current status of food loss and food waste in EU and North Macedonia was presented and the need of systematic institutional approach and legal regulation of these important issues was highlighted.

The digital solution for supporting the redistribution of surplus food from producers, retailers and farmers to the potential food recipient developed within Ploutos project in Serbia and North Macedonia was promoted.

Proactive discussion and valuable ideas were generated from different key stakeholders, researchers, policy makers, primary agricultural production and industry representatives related to technological aspects of the platform and the food donation process.

This workshop presented a great opportunity to communicate the Ploutos ideology, exchange experiences, ideas and build networks around significant topics in sustainable food production and sustainable agri-food value chains.

Green Growth Platform took part in the 2023 Agriscience and Practice (ASP 2023) meeting

The Faculty of Agriculture – Stip, Goce Delcev University – Stip, has been actively engaged in educational, research, and practical activities in the agriculture sector for the past sixteen years, contributing to its development not only in the country but also in the broader region. As part of its efforts to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration among various agricultural stakeholders, the Faculty is organizing the 3rd International Meeting Agriscience & Practice (ASP 2023). The event gave a chance to participants to present and discuss original scientific and practical findings in different areas of agriculture.

The 3rd International Meeting Agriscience & Practice (ASP 2023) aims to connect and promote scientific achievements and practical knowledge in various thematic areas. The event is intended to bring together stakeholders from the agriculture sector to share their knowledge, experiences, and challenges. The ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between research and fieldwork, both in the country and the broader international context.

We are pleased to announce that the Green Growth Platform took part in this event, joining other stakeholders in the agriculture sector. The participation of the Green Growth Platform underscores the importance of sustainable agriculture practices and the need to integrate research and practical knowledge to achieve green growth.

Green Growth Platform is an innovative organization that is committed to promoting sustainable growth and development through its various projects. One of its flagship initiatives is the use of renewable energy sources to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. Another key focus of the organization is the promotion of sustainable agriculture practices that improve soil health and conserve water resources, while also increasing food security and promoting economic development in rural communities. Other participants had a lot to hear from our colleagues that were present at the opening day of the Agriscience & Practice (ASP 2023) Meeting.

Project PLOUTOS stakeholders’ event on the 11th of April 2023


Green Growth Platform in collaboration with Macedonian Chambers of Commerce organized a stakeholders’ event on the 11th of April 2023. Ploutos project goals and the social, economic and environmental benefits of the SIP9 FoodSHare platform for redistribution of surplus food were presented in front of members from different chambers, agro-business sector (producers, distributors, retailers), and representatives from the universities. The president, Mr. Trajan Angeloski and all vice-presidents from the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce expressed their support for the project activities in North Macedonia.


FoodSHare web platform facilitates the process of donating surplus food, efficiently connecting food donors with humanitarian organizations.


The FoodSHare milestones and results were highlighted with proactive engagment from the participants.  The important issues of excess food, food loss and food waste were initiated, sparking valuable discussions and insights. The need of tax incentives and adequate regulation for food donations were especially pointed with a joint agreement that a systematic approach to properly manage these issues in the country is very important. Participants demonstrated active interest for the project activities, sharing their views and providing thoughtful pointers for future reference and involvement.

The event served as a platform for networking, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and disseminating results with key stakeholders from the agro-food sector, policy makers, researchers and other organizations, thus increasing the impact of the Ploutos project.



BioRural partner GGP participated in the Spring Bjelovar Fair, International Fair of Agriculture, Economy and CraftsShare


BioRural project had an exclusive opportunity to be promoted on the 24th International Bjelovar Spring Fair that was held from 24-26 of March 2023 in the well-known Gudovac fair area, Croatia.

More than 400 exhibitors from eleven countries on an area of ten hectares presented their products and services in front of 30 000 visitors. Bjelovar Spring Fair is the largest fair for agricultural, business, trades and crafts fair with international character. It is a multi-purpose fair, especially known for agricultural machinery and preparation for sowing (seeds, crop sprays, fertilizers). This is the place where farmers can buy necessary seeds, protective agents, and machinery, but also the venue of numerous conferences, round-table talks, lectures and presentations in the field of economy and agriculture.

This year North Macedonia for the first time was a partner country. It was presented by six exhibitors mainly in the food section, but also with cultural and tourism program. Official representatives from North Macedonia also participated in the fair and held bilateral meetings with Croatia partners focused on enhancing the trade exchange and discussing about possibilities for efficient use of EU funds for further investments in agriculture and rural development.

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Bjelovar Fair is a member of EURASCO – agricultural association that brings together the largest agricultural fairs in Europe.

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Project Ploutos – Semiannual Newsletter No 4

Ploutos newsletter

Project Ploutos semiannual Newsletter No. 4 is now available.
Stay up to date with all the news regarding this EU project.

In this edition you can find lots of new reading materials on topics such as Sustainable Food Supply Chains and The framework to Future Proof life. You can also read about the success stories concerning sustainable agriculture from all around the EU. Innovation in this field is also covered.

Make sure you check out what this newsletter has to offer. Some of the topics include:

  • How farmers in Greece increased their profit through sustainable innovation

Their production costs were decreased by 32 – 39% in just 2 years. Learn how this small cooperative of Greek farmers reduced their inputs by using the gaiasense Smart Farming system.

  • Success stories from our project

– Pilot 2: Here’s what parametric insurance can do for farmers

– Pilot 10: How carbon credits can lead to sustainable farming

– Pilot 4: An IT platform in Spain connects everyone involved

– Pilot 6: How selective spraying improves soil health

  • Unlocking the innovation potential

We aim to create a virtual space where practical knowledge is generated to last. The Ploutos Innovation Academy (PIA) is a virtual space where mutual knowledge exchanges around sustainability-oriented innovations (SOIs) take place. Experts from different disciplines and actors within the agrifood supply chain, who are engaged in the implementation of Sustainable Innovation Pilots (SIPs), participate in these exchanges. Additionally, actors within the agri-food supply chain, involved in different SIPs, also exchange experiences and best practices to help cope with common challenges.

  • Transforming EU agriculture

The most accredited source of free agricultural knowledge (Wikifarmer) collaborates with Ploutos! The result is an informative article that explores the ways in which gaiasense SF can manage pest control and ensure a healthy crop.

You can find all these topics, as well as many more interesting scientific readings just by clicking the link:

Make sure you also visit the official Project Ploutos website:

PoliRural H2020 Project Newsletter 14 is now available


– PoliRural results and sustainability

As PoliRural draws to a close, it must grapple with one of the most difficult questions in EU projects: how to ensure long-term sustainability? There are different ways to define sustainability. We see it as post-project existence of PoliRural ideas, deliverables and know-how that immediate beneficiaries and the wider public use to achieve their goals. Some of them can be commercial, some policy related. Some may be technical, some scientific or societal. The nature of the exploitation is not so important. What matters is that results are continuously exploited by stakeholders for their own benefit, to help others, or both.

PoliRural’s main results are:

  • A network of 500 stakeholders that have provided strong participatory foundation to the innovative foresight framework piloted in 12 regions;
  • A foresight package outlining, for each region 1) a vision, 2) a set of measures that need to be implemented to make rural areas stronger, resilient, better connected, and prosperous, and 3) a roadmap for implementing these measures;
  • A suitе of technical tools designed to support regional pilots with different foresight tasks e.g. exploring the impact of proposed measures on regional performance (Policy Options Explorer) and rural attractiveness (Rural Attractiveness Explorer), creating summaries of reading lists and extracting insightful information from them e.g. context, emotions (Semantic Explorer);
  • A collection of reports, guidance documents and methodological notes that capture results of our work, as well as recommendations for others looking to implement regional foresight in a new geographic/thematic context.

– The results of the ex-durante report show benefit both for the planning process and pilots’ teams

The main task of the ex-durante evaluation was to document the progress made, review the involvement of primary stakeholders, and identify the first indications of intervention effects.

Ex-durante evaluation has provided each pilot with a closer, more critical in-depth look at their Action Plans. It has significantly benefited them, contributing to the quality of their proposed Action Plans and the PoliRural project in general.

Outstanding conclusions:

  • The involvement of key decision-makers in the monitoring mechanisms of the Action Plan is seen as an essential precondition for securing the adoption and successful implementation of Action Plans by several pilot regions;
  • Russian war in Ukraine and its consequences on energy, economy, environmental and social processes has been a new and very influential external factor that pilot regions faced during the reporting period. It has served as a valuable lesson demonstrating how quickly situations may change and that every plan shall be able to adapt and adjust its measures;
  • The results of ex-durante evaluations confirm the positive effects of the evaluation process for the pilot teams. The most considerable effect is related to the analysis of stakeholder engagement, ownership, and capacity gains. Pilots have continued active communication with regional stakeholders involving them in discussions and experiments using tools developed by the PoliRural project. This has resulted in further improved Action Plans, new insights, the increased status of pilot organizations, and capacity gains among the pilot teams.

You can read more about PoliRural project final results on the following LINK.