Smart Agriculture Training & Implementation

Innovative practices
in a digital era

Supporting the professional development
of people working in vocational education
and Training (VET)

Agriculture,
Forestry & Fisheries

ICT
New Technologies
Digital Competences

Open &
distance learning

The Project

This project is an effort from the VET point of view of digitizing the agriculture in the European area, taking into account the steps that have been made by the European Parliament and the Commission.

Coordinator

Spirito

Duration

24 months
01/03/2021 – 28/02/2023

Field

Vocational
education & training

Co-funded

By the Erasmus+ Program
of the European Union

National Agency

Greek State
Scholarship’s Foundation (IKY)

Main objective

Innovation

Horizontal priority

Innovative practices
in a digital era

Additional priorities

Supporting the uptake of innovative
approaches and digital technologies
for teaching and learning

Additional priorities

Enhancing access to training
and qualifications for all

Objectives

This project aims to provide a complete training platform in the most advanced challenges of the agriculture. The subjects were chosen according to the requirements of essential for agronomists, agricultural insurance specialists and farmers. Module courses for VET will be produced as this require collecting information and training material from different professional sectors and present the information in a simplified manner to VET learners.
Its priorities are to promote innovative practices in digital era, enhancing access to training and qualifications without natural presence and to propose digital training and work methods in an advance environment of modern agriculture.

Objectives

This project aims to provide a complete training platform in the most advanced challenges of the agriculture. The subjects were chosen according to the requirements of essential for agronomists, agricultural insurance specialists and farmers. Module courses for VET will be produced as this require collecting information and training material from different professional sectors and present the information in a simplified manner to VET learners.
Its priorities are to promote innovative practices in digital era, enhancing access to training and qualifications without natural presence and to propose digital training and work methods in an advance environment of modern agriculture.

COORDINATOR

SPIRITO GENITSEFTSIS CHRISTOS & SIA E.E.

PARTNERS

EIEO – EUROPEAN INSTITUTE
FOR EVOLUTION AND INTEGRATION

GILAB

EIEO – EUROPEAN INSTITUTE
FOR EVOLUTION AND INTEGRATION

GILAB

MKV CONSULTING

UPA CASTILLA Y LEON

MKV CONSULTING

UPA CASTILLA Y LEON

Intellectual Outputs (IOs)

As a KA2 Strategic Partnership we have described and will carry out 5 Intellectual Outputs (IOs),
the deliverables of the project. SATI IOs will be continuously updated until the end of the project.

IO1: E-learning platform and communication tools

The e-learning platform will play three main roles during and after the end of the project. The first is to serve the training requirements of the project and support the trainees during the project and after the end as it is a requirement this platform to be available for a at least certain period. The second is to serve as communication tool among the partners and trainees with partners and teachers. The third role of the platform is as dissemination tool, either by presenting the overall activities and partnership if the project or as channel for promoting the Intellectual Outputs of the project.

IO3: Crop Health Analysis, Sensoring and Photogrametry

IO3 will present the different types of sensors used in agriculture and the procedures to develop a map of a field as well as weather and other physical parameters monitoring from distance. It is a core process considering that a farm operator expects this information in order to make his/her decisions. This course is addressed to farmers and agronomists and they will learn the fundamentals of using a UAS with the appropriate sensor to estimate the health of their cultivation and hot to measure elements like water stress and yield estimation.

IO5: Dissemination Video and smartphone Application

Dissemination video will summarize the scope of the project and will be used during the dissemination events. The video will summarize the Outputs of the project presenting UAS as systems, sensoring, field mapping and exploitation of results and technology solutions for advanced farm operators. It will present the several steps of PA implementation from the preparation of the field to harvesting. The material will be used for training purposes and also as promotion material.

IO2: Legal Frame on UAS use in the participating countries and the EU

The IO2 is addressed to any citizen or potential operator who wishes to understand the requirements of UAS and be prepared for the national exams. The aim of the IO2 is to transfer the experience of operators who faced certain difficulties by trying to operate within the legal frame and the state of the art in the European area, therefore providing a practical view of law implementation.

IO4: Equipment, Uses of UAVs in Precision Agriculture and Logistics of UAVs

This module refers to technical requirements of UAS used in agriculture. The course module chapters will focus on the technology advances of current status in drone market, presenting either multi rotor or polycopter UAS and the use of each category according to aerial works to be done. The module is addressed to experts in the field of agriculture, agricultural insurance and farmers and the main scope is to understand the trainees the basic principles of use, potential benefit and prepare partly for exams organized by national aviation authorities.

IO1: E-learning platform and communication tools

The e-learning platform will play three main roles during and after the end of the project. The first is to serve the training requirements of the project and support the trainees during the project and after the end as it is a requirement this platform to be available for a at least certain period. The second is to serve as communication tool among the partners and trainees with partners and teachers. The third role of the platform is as dissemination tool, either by presenting the overall activities and partnership if the project or as channel for promoting the Intellectual Outputs of the project.

IO2: Legal Frame on UAS use in the participating countries and the EU

The IO2 is addressed to any citizen or potential operator who wishes to understand the requirements of UAS and be prepared for the national exams. The aim of the IO2 is to transfer the experience of operators who faced certain difficulties by trying to operate within the legal frame and the state of the art in the European area, therefore providing a practical view of law implementation.

IO3: Crop Health Analysis, Sensoring and Photogrametry

IO3 will present the different types of sensors used in agriculture and the procedures to develop a map of a field as well as weather and other physical parameters monitoring from distance. It is a core process considering that a farm operator expects this information in order to make his/her decisions. This course is addressed to farmers and agronomists and they will learn the fundamentals of using a UAS with the appropriate sensor to estimate the health of their cultivation and hot to measure elements like water stress and yield estimation.

IO4: Equipment, Uses of UAVs in Precision Agriculture and Logistics of UAVs

This module refers to technical requirements of UAS used in agriculture. The course module chapters will focus on the technology advances of current status in drone market, presenting either multi rotor or polycopter UAS and the use of each category according to aerial works to be done. The module is addressed to experts in the field of agriculture, agricultural insurance and farmers and the main scope is to understand the trainees the basic principles of use, potential benefit and prepare partly for exams organized by national aviation authorities.

IO5: Dissemination Video and smartphone Application

Dissemination video will summarize the scope of the project and will be used during the dissemination events. The video will summarize the Outputs of the project presenting UAS as systems, sensoring, field mapping and exploitation of results and technology solutions for advanced farm operators. It will present the several steps of PA implementation from the preparation of the field to harvesting. The material will be used for training purposes and also as promotion material.

E-learning
platform

The role of the e-learning platform is also to operate as a dissemination tool, either by presenting the overall activities and partnership of the project or as a channel for promoting the Intellectual Outputs of the project. Specific parts of this output will be linked with the smartphone application referred in the “Dissemination Video and smartphone application” Intellectual Output.

E-learning
platform

The role of the e-learning platform is also to operate as a dissemination tool, either by presenting the overall activities and partnership of the project or as a channel for promoting the Intellectual Outputs of the project. Specific parts of this output will be linked with the smartphone application referred in the “Dissemination Video and smartphone application” Intellectual Output.

Target Groups

Target groups will be accessed at local, regional and European level

Sectors involved

Agronomists, environmentalists and farmers, producers’ associations, producers’ organizations, NGOs, all involved in the described sectors such as agriculture, environment and agricultural insurance sector, private companies in the field of food processing

Experts

VET experts and organizations, Universities and Research Centers interested in SATI approach and outputs

Policy Makers

Public Authorities and Policy Makers at regional / national / European level and relevant networks of interest.

Partnership

Partner organizations

Decision Makers

Experts and decision makers (European Institutions, Chambers, Geo-technical and Technical Chambers etc.)

Partnership

Partner organizations

Experts

VET experts and organizations, Universities and Research Centers interested in SATI approach and outputs

Sectors involved

Agronomists, environmentalists and farmers, producers’ associations, producers’ organizations, NGOs, all involved in the described sectors such as agriculture, environment and agricultural insurance sector, private companies in the field of food processing

Policy Makers

Public Authorities and Policy Makers at regional / national / European level and relevant networks of interest.

Decision Makers

Experts and decision makers (European Institutions, Chambers, Geo-technical and Technical Chambers etc.)

Expected Results

After training, trainees will have the appropriate knowledge on understanding and use the project tools and able to apply PA techniques. This is the main concept of this project as during the pandemic period, many farms/ operations were abandoned or poorly cultivated, fact that resulted to food production reduction.

From the financial point of view the implementation of green agriculture will save financial resources and will increase the efficiency of the European Agriculture.

Awareness raising of the EU citizens of the advantages of PA for the environment and health, through the promotion of the use of green techniques which is by definition PA. The comparative presentation of conventional agriculture with PA will offer a complete view in this direction. Additionally, it will present new digital methods for farm management and protocols in case of pandemic conditions not only for covid-19 but for similar cases as well.

These trained experts will support farmers to the demands of European citizens for more “green” and safe products and the same time to react to situations like the pandemic case of covid-19. It is commonly accepted that PA produces products, that are environmentally friendly and healthier for the consumer. This project is expected to support experts and farm operators in making the right decisions for farms willing to introduce PA and the same time to address the agricultural sectors in the appropriate path as described by CAP, which expected to focus more on rural development actions instead of direct payments.

Expected Results

After training, trainees will have the appropriate knowledge on understanding and use the project tools and able to apply PA techniques. This is the main concept of this project as during the pandemic period, many farms/ operations were abandoned or poorly cultivated, fact that resulted to food production reduction.

From the financial point of view the implementation of green agriculture will save financial resources and will increase the efficiency of the European Agriculture.

Awareness raising of the EU citizens of the advantages of PA for the environment and health, through the promotion of the use of green techniques which is by definition PA. The comparative presentation of conventional agriculture with PA will offer a complete view in this direction. Additionally, it will present new digital methods for farm management and protocols in case of pandemic conditions not only for covid-19 but for similar cases as well.

These trained experts will support farmers to the demands of European citizens for more “green” and safe products and the same time to react to situations like the pandemic case of covid-19. It is commonly accepted that PA produces products, that are environmentally friendly and healthier for the consumer. This project is expected to support experts and farm operators in making the right decisions for farms willing to introduce PA and the same time to address the agricultural sectors in the appropriate path as described by CAP, which expected to focus more on rural development actions instead of direct payments.

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