ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020
Jointly preparing the conditions in the agricultural and connected sectors in the BSB area for the digital transformation
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Developing and implementing a replicable and transferable model for preparing the conditions for ensuring the digital transformation in agriculture in the Black Sea Basin area.
The project will improve the capacities of the farming community, academia, public institutions, industry actors and entrepreneurs for cross-border trade opportunities in order to meet the common territorial challenges related to the lagging behind in the modernisation in the agricultural and connected sectors.
    Smart Farming represents the application of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into agriculture, leading to what can be called a Third Green Revolution.

    Following the plant breeding and genetics revolutions, this Third Green Revolution is taking over the agricultural world based upon the combined application of ICT solutions such as precision equipment, the Internet of Things (IoT), sensors and actuators, geo-positioning systems, Big Data, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, drones), robotics, etc.
    The Project supports sweeping away some of the main BSB countries demerits related to the upcoming digital transformation, boosting entrepreneurship with a well-planned and relevant activities to a number of challenges and opportunities arising from the main territorial running processes in three dimensions.
    What are those 3 dimensions?
    The project answers the immediate and unmet need for a significant change in the existing conditions in all Black Sea Basin countries related to the surge of the digital transformation in agriculture and connected sectors worldwide that also affect deeply the area. The digitisation of the agricultural sector requires transition from traditional cultivation to modern methods by way of new technologies and the project answers the main territorial challenges in three dimensions:

    1. The first dimension is related to the consistent external and internal pressure for improving the conditions for modernisation the agriculture and connected sectors in the area as the economic structure in the BSB eligible area still shows overall a larger share of agricultural and industrial sectors.

    2. The second dimension is related to the challenges afore the main driver of economy and local people welfare – the SMEs in the region. SMEs play an important role as key engines for economic growth in the area. There is still potential for growth, in particular in the Eastern part of the Basin.

    3. The third dimension is answering the socio-economic challenges in the area – the brain and skill drain and the brain waste, the migration flows, the regional disparities related to urbanisation and the seasonal increase of activities in coastal zones that puts additional strain on local infrastructure and the environment.

    What is the project approach?
    The project applies a combination of innovative methods for deploying the planned change towards a model for improving the conditions the digital transformation for modernization in the agriculture and the connected sectors in the BSB eligible area countries.

    The main principles of the project approach are:
    8 BSB countries covered
    Ensuring that the project remains focused and relevant to target groups through active engagement in project development and actioning of target group feedback.
    Ensuring an effective management structure that engenders shared project responsibility and a clear reporting structure, with the development of standardized reporting mechanisms.
    Encouraging shared project ownership, building on strengths of partners with a common vision and shared leadership roles across GAs, and engendering respect, value and understanding of cultural and organizational diversity
    Establishment of clear communication channels enabled by the project management platform, virtual meetings, steering group and teams meetings.
    Working in conjunction with the Quality assurance manager to ensure quality through externality, reference to benchmark, robust quality assurance and continual evaluation and reflection of the project and its outcomes.
    Replicability and Transferability
    Ensuring the outcomes of the project are replicable and transferable.The project applies a strong sustainability ensuring approach, implementing capitalisation steps at every stage and involving actors that will support stably the outputs later on. For this reason a replication transfer guide according to the real outcomess of the project in roder to maximize the transferability factor of results.
    The numerous and interconnected activities in GA C will ensure effective dissemination of information throughout project life according the Programme requirements
    Applying mechanisms for ensuring project sustainability with appropriate closedown activities,continuation/capitalisatisation strategy. The involvment of several stakeholders in the actions of the project and the sustainability of the partners which are active in the sectors and in the the areas long time reassures the sustainability of the results. Moreover, an external expert for the LB (related to the database creation) will ensure also sustainability.
    Learn more about BSB908 Smart Farming
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    Smart Farming Network
    An important tool in accomplishing the BSB908 Smart Farming's mission is the Smart Farming network.
    It enhances sector cooperation, especially in agriculture and its connected sectors and ICT sector. Learn more in our concept.
    Here you can find the latest newsletters of BSB908 Smart Farming!
    Quarterly Newsletter #1
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    The project encompasses actions to be deployed in 6 partner countries with partial outputs to be made accessible for 2 more countries.
    List of partners
    • Pieriki Anaptixiaki S.A.-O.L.A. (Pieriki)
      Lead Partner
      Pieriki Anaptixiaki S.A.-O.L.A. (Pieriki) is a local development agency in Ellada having as shareholders all local actors; regional authority, municipalities, chambers, associations, organisations, etc with important financial capacity.
    • Business Agency Association
      Project Partner
      Business Agency Association – Bulgaria is a public-private entity, an NGO, governed by public law. Since 2000 the Association operates in three different thematic areas - One-stop-shop Center for start-ups and entrepreneurship, Center for Social Innovation "Mission to Change", "Digital innovation hub DigIt". Business Agency Association has its head office in Varna and branches in Dobrich, Sofia, Burgas, Razlog and Aksakovo, covering the whole country.

    • Enterprise Armenia
      Project Partner
      Armenia Enterprise Fund (former Fund "Investment Support Center") was established by the Government of Armenia in 2002. The Fund Investment Support Center (Fund ISC) is authorized to provide state support to small and medium entrepreneurship (SME) in the country, as well as implement projects directed to SME sector development in Armenia, with the resources allocated from State budget and contributions from international and donor organizations.

    • "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati (UDJG)
      Project Partner
      „Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati UGAL (UDJG) is the most important institution of higher education in the South - Eastern part of Romania, with over 12.500 students annually in recent years, being the centre of technical, scientific, cultural and social progress with immediate or medium to long term applicability, meant primarily to contribute to the progress of Galati

    • Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, TeSaU
      Project Partner
      Telavi State University is a higher educational institution, one of the oldest educational centers in Georgia and has 5 faculties with corresponding departments, more than 30 laboratories focused on the regional priorities as agrarian sciences, tourism, ecology, caucasian Studies.

    • Business Advisory Center
      Project Partner
      Incorporated in 2000, Business Advisory Center (Centrul de Consultanta in Afaceri) is an independent non-profit development organization, operating for over 15 years. We promote sustainable development in Moldova through meaningful change and innovation, to foster better living for Moldovan people. Our vision is to become a leading development organization in Moldova, driving innovation and change for business community, governments, and civil society groups.

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