Green Logistics

Customised e-training program to all stakeholders across the supply chain of grains...

The scope of this project is to develop and deliver a customised e-training program to all stakeholders across the supply chain of grains (employees, managers, farmers, producers, transporters) in four Euro-med countries (Greece, Spain, Portugal & Cyprus), based on an extended survey detecting their training needs. Building on the integration of the knowledge triangle (higher education, research and business), a training requirements survey mapping the current skills & competencies profiles of the logisticians in alignment with the best practices provided by the cereal and rice sector professionals, will lay the foundation for the e-training program for the grain supply chain. Distance learning program will incorporate various areas of interest such as green logistics, sustainable development, precision agri-culture, organic farming and rural tourism acknowledging cultural diversity in the targeted countries. In addition, a qualification framework will be proposed for the grain logistics sector.     

Green logistics and grain sector were selected to set the framework of this project, because of their strategic importance in the regional and national economy of these Euro-med Countries. These countries are struggling to find ways to overcome financial crisis, and supporting evidence indicate that logistics and agri-culture may be the springboard for their growth. In 2007, a cereals crisis emerged, and then the European Agricultural Economies realized the cereals logistics effect on their survival. 

More specifically, the proposed e-training material will be a specialized instrument, it will foster the assessment of transversal skills (qualification framework), promote the take -up of practical entrepreneurship experience in training, and support the adoption of OER (Open Educational Resources) in  diverse EU language.

The applicant (Greece) is a HEI specialized in logistics and e-learning, active in EU projects participation, significant networking on local, regional level. The second greek partner as an Institute will be supported by  University professors,  has a strong cooperation with the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Greece and will exploit experts , in EU agricultural policy,  Hellenic National Agricultural Research, Communication, Marketing, logistics. The greek partnership is strengthened by the participation of the leading SME in rice/cereal production, exploitation, distribution and trading.

The Portuguese,  Spanish and Cyprus partners have a strong experience in e-training, research, management and successful implementation of EU-funded projects, represent countries with strong tradition in rice/cereal production and have a good cooperation with national oil associations.

The organization of the project will assure it on all aspects of quality, cost and time. Risk management tools will be implemented.

The 2-year project will implement activities: partners transnational meetings  for organizational, evaluation purposes, conferences for information, awareness raising, e-training of trainees and trainers on issues of rice/cereal sector logistics, web platform, e-survey, sector mapping, training material,  specialized  guidelines, documentary, printed material, cooperation between national-regional authorities to promote the development of education and training  and their integration in actions of local and regional development. Preparatory work will be done on skills and qualifications validation (ECVET).

A concise dissemination and exploitation plan will be implemented including all necessary information, publicity and dissemination activities (Project branding, logos, e-communication, press, printed material, visits).

Results, impacts envisaged :Awareness raising/information on optimized logistics, access to tools for effectively developing  business in national/ international markets (training, networking), for participants increased experience , exchange of good practices, communication, collaboration and networking (national/European).

Potential longer term benefits: practices enhancement, covering of potential consumers/end –users values and needs, opportunities for promotion of relevant scopes, enhancement of  presence, promotion of  services, achievement of  goals for participating entities strengthening of competence, cooperation and rural economy mainly of EU Mediterranean area, contribution to the implementation of national, regional and European policies, fresh entrepreneurship ideas, new jobs opportunities, enhanced efficiency of logistical facilities.

Activities and results that are planned to be maintained after the end of the EU funding include continuing  of further dissemination and networking (partners’ webpages, follow up with partners’ associates, customers and relevant stakeholders,  relevant media, articles, developing ideas for future cooperation based on current project, assessing the impact on target groups, implementation of ECVET procedures.