A regional brand and a branding strategy for agricultural products originating in the Black Sea Basin and produced in a climate-smart way are under development by the AGREEN experts

30 September 2020 News 19 Views
 
 
Expert from all partners’ organizations gathered today, on 29th of September 2020, to have their second expert meeting with the project "Cross Border Alliance for Climate-Smart and Green Agriculture in the Black Sea Basin” /AGREEN/, eMS code BSB-1135.

The meeting was held again online due to the impossibility of physically gathering due to the restrictions for travels across the partner countries. However, the expert group managed to lay down the foundations for the development of the first group of activities under the project. This first work package is entitled T1 “Cross-border networking for the development of a regional brand for climate-smart agricultural production in the Black Sea Region” and provides for expert analysis of the potential for uniform branding for organic/green agricultural products originating in the BSB region and identification of a stakeholder community of practice. The experts within the working group discussed the concept and research methodology for the conduction of a feasibility study of the state of art and potential of climate-smart agriculture in the BSB.  A set of templates of documents such as questionnaires, feedback forms, interviews, etc. for conducting the primary research and gathering the needed information, as well as the channels for reaching the target groups, were discussed.

Further, a series of local discussions of the findings will be organized in the partners’ countries to allow for practical implementation and innovative developments. Finally, based on the research and discussions, a common brand for climate-smart agricultural produce originating in the BSB for labelling and recognizing the sustainably-produced agricultural products and the respective branding strategy will be elaborated.


The project is implemented between 1.06.2020 and 30.11.2022 with the support of the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 and a budget of 799 279,60 Euro.

 

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The kick-off partner meeting for the project "AGREEN" was held online

24 June 2020 News 18 Views
 
 
 
 

Today, 24th of June 2020, the start of the AGREEN project was officially launched by the kick-off meeting of the project consortium. It was very important to start as soon as possible and engage the project partners from 6 countries with the common goal so we decided that the meeting will be held online. All the organizations involved in the project were presenting and we at DABS are proud to be leading partner of these experienced consortium and to launch this initiative towards the improvement of the future of Black Sea Basin.

We started with presentation of the partners’ organizations sharing the background and experience and the key areas where each partner will be most beneficial. A project management unit was set representing the project Steering and Evaluation Committee that will ensure the sound management and implementation of the initiative. Further, communication and exchange channels and mechanisms were outline within the project consortium. Administrative and financial management, reporting and processing of the project documentation were also a subject of discussion during the meeting.

The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world was also a topic that was discussed. The project partners will need to adapt the planned activities under the project in accordance with the current developments and restrictions related to the pandemic.

 

Our next task is to prepare and adopt a set of project documents and plans that will ensure the effectiveness and consistency of the project management throw-out the project implementation and dissemination.


The project is implemented between 1.06.2020 and 30.11.2022 with the support of the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 and a budget of 799 279,60 Euro.

 

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The international consortium for the project "AGREEN" gathered for the 2nd partner meeting online

29 July 2020 News 21 Views
 
 
 
 

Our Second Project Meeting  for the project “Cross Border Alliance for Climate-Smart and Green Agriculture in the Black Sea Basin” /AGREEN/, eMS code BSB-1135 was on 28th of July 2020.

Together with our partners from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Greece we had the opportunity to directly pose our questions related to the project administrative management to the JTS’s representative.

Some small adjustments of the work plan will be needed in order to integrate smoothly our planning. We focused on the activities and deliverables within the first project working package that outline the context and defines the scope and research approach. The experts’ team set out the frame and the technical requirements and internal deadlines.

Project AGREEN is based on the concept for climate-smart agriculture accepted by FAO in 2010. The latter refers to the sustainable increase of food security, resilience to climates changes and the reduction of greenhouse emissions. The Community-of-practice (COP) approach will be applied as it is essential for the implementation and provision of the sustainability of the project. AGREEN Community already involves the experts engaged in the implementation of the project on behalf of the partner organizations and will be further enriched by the joining of the other professionals,  practitioners and academia representatives involved in the project.


The project is implemented between 1.06.2020 and 30.11.2022 with the support of the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 and a budget of 799 279,60 Euro.

 

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The 3rd partners' meeting for the AGREEN project took place online

18 September 2020 News 16 Views
 
 

September is usually intense for the agricultural sector, so was it for our climate-smart agricultural project. On the 17th we had dynamic 3rd meeting with our partners and this time thanks to the active participation of all the involved experts from all partner organizations, the discussions were valuable and crucial to the development. We dedicated this meeting to the first group of activities T1: Cross-border networking for the development of a regional brand for climate-smart agricultural production in the Black Sea Region.
1st task was to define the structure and content for the development of the feasibility study. We gathered very interesting expert opinions, which gave new perspectives.
2nd: We grasped the guidelines for the branding and the project logo.
Finally, we outlined the administrative documentary which is the backbone of our climate-smart agricultural project.

It is an amazing experience to find like-minded individuals who want to reverse the breaking point in nature caused by unsustainable attitudes in agricultural industries. 

 

 


More information about the project AGREEN could be found here.

The project is implemented with the support of the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020.
 

 

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A new Erasmus+ project called GAME IT starts today

01 December 2020 News 56 Views
 

 

GAME IT stands for “Gamified interactive training to prepare disadvantaged learners for international VET mobility in the tourism and hospitality sector”, a new international project led by “Dobrudzha Agrarian and Business School” Association (DABS).

GAME IT is progressive initiative in support of VET learners in the tourism and hospitality sector. Starting from today an international consortium of 6 organizations from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Slovenia will implement the project during the next 18 months. The project GAME IT is co-financed by ERASMUS+ program and proposes to introduce gamified elements into the mobility preparation training experience by developing innovative e-learning modules for VET trainees.

DABS (BG), “European Center for Quality” Ltd. (BG), Directorate of Secondary Education, Chania (EL), Technical University of Crete (EL), Muğla Provincial Directorate of National Education (TR) and INTEGRA INSTITUT (SI) join forces to prepare disadvantaged participants for great opportunities given by ERASMUS+ and make mobilities inclusive.

By targeting VET learners who face mild to moderate difficulties or belong to disadvantaged groups or come from rural areas the consortium challenges itself to improve the process of mobility organization and access to it. In the implementation of effective training for hospitality & touristic sector they could gain cultural awareness and effective communication skills. In long term aspect the employability of disadvantaged learners could increase as well as their motivation for personal development.

Main goal of the project is to gamify e-learning modules for VET learners to prepare them for learning mobilities. The concept is based on the creation of more opportunities for learners from remote and rural areas and the engaged involvement of those who belong to socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, including minorities and migrants. Gamification utilizes additional tech and behavioral solutions when integrating the e-learning process in the potential of disadvantaged groups. Their attention will be systematically drawn into the opportunities given when cultural awareness is implemented and multicultural skills applied in practice. It can increase the engagement of learners, help them practice knowledge and skills in situations imitating real-life and thus improve the effectiveness of learning.

Three key intellectual outputs will be delivered by the GAME IT project, including: curricula for mobility preparation, e-training and educators’ guidelines for facilitation of mobilities for disadvantaged learners. The gamified learning modules will contribute to internationalization strategies of the VET providers, assist educators and support learners. We are aiming at introducing those products to the target groups and stakeholders.

 

Stay tuned for more! 


The project is financed under the Erasmus + program, contract No. 2020-1-BG01-KA202-079103

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The support of the European Commission for the preparation of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the content that reflects the views only of the authors and not the Commission may be held liable for any use that may be made of the information it contains get into it.

 

 

 

                                             

 

 

 

 

 
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An international project aimed at developing training materials for acquiring basic skills needed in the workplace is coming to an end

28 October 2020 News 201 Views

On October 26 and 27, 2020 in the city of Dobrich were held two Multiplier events for dissemination of the results and presentation of the recourses developed in the frame of project “Workplace Basic Skills Training for Low-Skilled Migrants”

In total of 8 countries are partners in the project, with the leading organization being the “Innovation in Learning Institute” (ILI), Germany, and form Bulgaria the “International Management Institute” was involved as a partner.
The project is aimed at improving the basic skills for low-level educated adults, especially refugees and migrants in four working sectors: Construction, Care, Tourism and Cleaning by developing interactive learning materials for training literacy, numeracy and social skills – key factors for successful labour market integration.

Within the two events, the developed under the project resources were also presented, including Guidelines for trainers of low-skilled adults and migrants and Modules for e-learning in 4 different economic sectors (construction, social care and healthcare, tourism and the cleaning industry). The training modules are available in 10 languages, including Bulgarian, through project online platform and free mobile application.

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https://wbs.ili.eu/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA6ooGUv00Q


The project is financed under the Erasmus + program, contract No. 2018-1-DE02- KA204-005032

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The support of the European Commission for the preparation of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the content that reflects the views only of the authors and not the Commission may be held liable for any use that may be made of the information it contains get into it.

 

 

 

                                             

 

 

 

 

 
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Climate change is turning the lives of farmers upside down

18 September 2020 News 81 Views
 
 

 

Unpredictable weather patterns, shorter growing seasons, droughts, extreme temperatures, and increased exposure to pests and crop diseases pose daunting problems to smallholder farmers around the world—especially in the Black Sea Basin, where people tend to be more reliant on natural resources. Climate-smart agriculture techniques can help farmers adapt to and prepare for impacts in order to preserve—and even improve—their livelihoods.

With a population expected to balloon to 9.8 billion by 2050, climate-smart agriculture is crucial to global food security, as well: Smallholder farmers currently provide more than 80 percent of the food consumed in large parts of the developing world.

Climate-smart agriculture isn’t distinct from sustainable agriculture; rather it’s a way of combining various sustainable methods to tackle the specific climate challenges of a specific farming community. The first step is to assess the particular climate risks, since a farm facing prolonged water shortages will need different strategies than one confronting frequent flooding, for example. We use a variety of tools to assess the climate risk and vulnerability of a landscape, taking the local ecosystems and the specific crop into account. Finding the right combination to manage a specific farm’s climate challenges — and to build resilience to future impacts — is what makes climate-smart agriculture “smart.”

That's why we at DABS initiated the AGREEN project. More information for the AGREEN project could be found here.


The project is implemented with the support of the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020.
 
 
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An online partners' meeting for AGREEN was held today

15 October 2020 News 92 Views
 
 

 

Today, on 15th of October, the meeting we had was really beneficial and fruitful for the whole team. The main aim was to give guidance and clarifications about the Project Progress Report because we have a deadline coming up soon.

The Project partners were informed about the details they are supposed to gather and how to structure different sections.

Next stop was overview of eMS system functionalities and vital highlights.

As for the fact that we are working in digital environment due to certain conditions, we have the honor to be one really well integrated team.

Who said on-line is impossible to work? We work smarter and smoother because of the recognized opportunities.

Revolutions bring disruptions and disruptions bring opportunities.”

Nicky Verd


More information about the project AGREEN could be found here.

The project is implemented with the support of the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020.

 

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