Second webinar for the project Ploutos

The second webinar for the project “Ploutos- – Sustainable Innovation Pilot 9 in Serbia and N.Macedonia” was held on 18.02.2021 by Blagoja Mukanov, representative and consultant from “Green Growth Platform” (GGP). This meeting was held online through the Microsoft Teams platform.

At the start of the meeting, there was a short introduction of the participants, humanitarian organizations involved in the process of donating food and the managing partners for the project “Ploutos” represented by Blagoja Mukanov from GGP (N.Macedonia) and Maja Zikic and Nikola Terzin from Foodscalehub(Serbia).

The main aim of the meeting was presentation of the project “Ploutos” and the pilot activities in the Republic of N.Macedonia as part of the Sustainable Innovation Pilot 9 in Serbia and N.Macedonia.

The focus of the presentation was on the Pilot 9 objective, which is developing a platform that will engage users from the entire value chain and provide quality exchange of information on food donation opportunities. This platform will help reduce food waste and optimize donation ecosystem with food donors (eg. retail grocers, farmers, producers, distributors, and foodservice operators)  and the Green Development Platform as coordinator of the platform on one side, users of the donated food (eg. public kitchens, Red Cross, SOS Children’s Village and other humanitarian organizations) on the other side.

There was a short presentation of the platform FoodSHare, its functions and benefits. The participants had the opportunity to witness the easy and simple usage of the platform (usage by donors, users and volunteers). This way of donating will allow full transparency around food surplus and the communities it’s helping.  FoodSHare will offer a simple, flexible service with charity vetting and ongoing support. Charities will have the power to access food donations and support at no charge, either to redistribute in food parcels or cook on-site (depending on the type and quantity of surplus). FoodSHare provides a secure and convenient way for food businesses to connect with frontline charities and community groups to streamline surplus food donations.

Kick off meeting – Project Cities2030 (Online)

Representative from Green Growth Platform, Ms. Natasha Ristovska on the 28th and 29th of January 2021 participated on the Cities2030 kick off project meeting. This meeting was held online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

During the first day, there was an introduction by the project coordinator Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Afterwards, an Insight on the project management and monitoring from REA was given by Mr Alessandro Chiodini, Programme officer. P1 UNIVE and P5 IAAD presented the general project framework. Partners presented their portfolios and roles in the project.

During the second day, WP leaders presented in detail objectives and main outcomes for each WP, as well as future activities. Then, an overview and schedule of next steps was given with focus on main deliverables of the 1st project period. At the end, a debate and knowledge exchange between partners was conducted, followed by a closing session with project meeting conclusions.

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A full description of the project can be found on the link Cities2030 

 

First webinar for the project Ploutos

Blagoja Mukanov, representative and consultant from Green Growth Platform (GGP), has held the first online webinar  for the project Ploutos on 21.01.2021. This meeting was held online through the Microsoft Teams platform.

At the start of the meeting, there was a short introduction of the participants, companies from agri-food  industry and humanitarian organisations involved in the process of donating food,  and of the management for project Ploutos – Sustainable Innovation Pilot 9 in Serbia and N.Macedonia, represented by Blagoja Mukanov from GGP (N.Macedonia) and Nikola Terzin, from Foodscalehub(Serbia).

The main aim of the meeting was presentation of the project “Plutos” and the implementation of the project through 11 Sustainable Innovative Pilots. Each pilot focuses on a specific segment of the value chain in agriculture, food production and distribution.

During the presentation the main focus was on the Pilot 9 objective which is creating a digital platform for quality exchange of information on donation opportunities, where on one side are the food donors and the Green Development Platform as coordinators of the platform, and on the other side are the users of the donated food (eg. public kitchens, Red Cross, SOS Children’s Village and other humanitarian organizations).  Another important segment is that this refers not only about food that is still suitable for consumption, but also about food that can be processed for other needs (eg. fertilizer).

The main conclusions of the presentation were regarding the large amounts of food waste that is thrown away on an annual level in N.Macedonia, and how by using the platform that process could be optimized. This will have positive impact on the environment by reducing pollution due to reduced amount of destroyed food and increased use of natural fertilizers. The project will also have economic benefits by increasing efficiency along the entire value chain of the agri-food ecosystem and most importantly social contribution by increasing the number of food donations for vulnerable groups of citizens.

At the end of the meeting, conclusions and summary were presented.

PoliRural H2020 Regular Project meeting

On 20th and 21st of January 2021 GGP participated on the PoliRural H2020 project meeting that took place online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Polirural Team was discussing recent results achieved over the last 6 months and future steps for the project. Most important conclusion and discussion on the meeting:

First day

  • Introduction by CULS;
  • The current project situation was analysed;
  • Presentation from all WP leaders concerning WPs situation;
  • Discussion about the first period Review Report (overview, next steps, action plan).

Second day

  • During the second day, GGP participated on the SDM workshop;
  • Project General Assembly;
  • Discussion about the KPIs ;
  • Overall conclusions from the project meeting.

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For more information on the project follow this link: Project Polirural 

Kick-off meeting for the project Ploutos 22-23 October 2020 (Online Meeting)

Representatives from Green Growth Platform, Natasha Ristovska and Blagoja Mukanov participated on the Ploutos project Kick-off Meeting 22-23 October 2020. This meeting was held online through the Microsoft Teams platform.

This meeting represented an official start of H2020 Ploutos project implementation.

During the first day, there was an introduction of Ploutos Project by GAIA concerning the major objectives and expected outcomes. All partner organizations presented their contribution to Ploutos Project. The president of GGP, Natasha Ristovska, presented the portfolio, expertise, the organization’s role in the project and GGP team. There was also presentation by the EC Project Officer and the EC Project Financial Officer for the main aspects of technical and financial implementation.

The first day, WP leaders for WP1 Sustainable Innovation Framework, WP2 Social sustainability, Behavior change and ecosystem and WP3 Sustainable Collaborative Business Model Innovation, made detailed explanation of the specific tasks, interaction between the WPs and connected results, identification of involved persons per partner and arrangements for next steps.

During the second day, partners were introduced to the WP4 Data Driven Technological Innovation, WP5 Piloting, Validation and Assessment of Innovative Approaches, and WP6 Ploutos Extrovert Powerhouse. Afterwards, all 11 Sustainable Innovation Pilot leaders presented the pilots and their objectives. The second day, WP7 and WP8 leaders also gave an overview on the Project Management and Ethics requirements. At the end of the meeting, conclusions and summary were presented.

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Polirural project – Foresight exercise in the pilot region Gevgelija-Strumica

AgFutura Technologies together with Green Growth Platform performs a foresight exercise in the Pilot Region Gevgelija-Strumica as part of the Polirural H2020 Project, focused on enhancing rural attractiveness.

The implementation plan for Pilot 11 can be downloaded on the following LINK.

The implementation process will be done in three phases:

  1. Phase 1: Preparation and Launch
  2. Phase 2: Co-Development of the Vision, Action Plan and Roadmap
  3. Phase 3: Handover, Implementation and Monitoring

Project Polirural – Statement of Purpose

“Increasing rural attractiveness requires detail understanding of the needs of all stakeholders that create the social and economic environment in the rural areas”

AgFutura together with Green Growth Platform performed an in-depth analysis in the Pilot Region Gevgelija-Strumica as part of the Polirural project.

Polirural is a H2020 project focused on enhancing policy for increasing the attractiveness of the rural areas.

You can download the statement of purpose on the following LINK

Research – Needs analysis for digital technologies in agricultural VET schools in NMK

GGP in collaboraiton with AgFutura created an analysis report based on usage of digital technologies in agricultural VET schools in NMK.

This analysis is focused on multiple hypothesis such as:

  • The number of new students in agricultural VET schools is continuously declining;
  • There is low level of practice in agricultural VET education;
    Reason for low interest for agricultural VET education: Poor perception about agriculture;
  • Reason for low interest for agricultural VET education: Small budget for agricultural schools;
  • Reason for low interest for agricultural VET education: General situation in the country/active migration of young people;
  • Reason for low interest for agricultural VET education: Bigger interest in other professions with better personal income;
  • Frequent use of ICTs will improve the interest among students for agricultural education;
  • The usage of ICTs in lecturing is at a low level and not synchronized.

For the entire analysis click on the following LINK

 

Project Polirural – Second project meeting in Madrid, Spain

GGP participated in the second PoliRural H2020 project meeting in Madrid from 21-23.01.2020 , organized by CULS(www.czu.cz) and TRAGSA(www.tragsa.es).

All representatives from partners in the consortium were involved in important discussions about current project situation and further phases of implementation. The pilot in NMK pilot was presented by AGFT as the pilot leader and GGP representative. They participated in valuable training sessions during the three day meeting.

Several topics were discussed on this second meeting:

  1. Current project situation and milestones
  2. WPs situation
  3. Training for pilots participants and consultation
  4. Project General Assembly 
  5. Project Steering Committee 

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For more information on the project follow this link: Project Polirural 

Annual Networking Event in Brussels, Belgium, 2019

GGP has participated on the Annual Networking Event “New Ideas for New Opportunities” held in Brussels, organized by CPIP. This is an exclusive event focused on networking and partnerships, exchanging experience and knowledge in developing project ideas and implementing projects.

GGP is part of the CPIP’s network of external experts that develop educational and research activities in several fields: youth, entrepreneurship, regional development, agriculture & rural development, school education & teacher training, security, prison education, uniformed and uniformed staff training, etc. This is a network of more than 50 European organisations from 28 countries working actively in European Projects in many different fields.

Within this event presentation and promotion of actual projects is realized, but also it is an excellent opportunity for exchanging ideas, sharing skills and experiences in project implementation, creating new and reinforcing existing partnerships, identifying current and new needs and trends, and detecting possibilities for new project proposals and funding schemes and programs.

For more information on CPIP visit their website www.cpip.ro.

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In this Annual meeting the partner organizations GGP and AgFutura Technologies (www.agfutura.com) had the opportunity to present their participation in the project Polirural from the program Horizon 2020. For more information on the project visit www.polirural.eu