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Great success in the II AGRIFORVALOR Workshop held in Andalusia at the TRANSFIERE Forum

Málaga, 15th February

Published on 03-03-2017 13:45:16 by AGRIFORVALOR

CakePHP In the framework of TRANSFIERE, 6th European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Andalusian project partners organized the 2nd AGRIFORVALOR Workshop to raise awareness and stimulate the use of agro-food and forestry residues and by-products.

Málaga hosted the II Workshop AGRIFORVALOR in Andalusia the 15th February, with a great success in its results. In the framework of the TRANSFIERE, 6th European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento (AAC), the Asociación de Empresas Forestales y Paisajísticas de Andalucía (AAEF), the Gabinete de Iniciativas Europeas (GIESA) and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de Andalucía (CoopsAgroAND) organized the II AGRIFORVALOR Workshop to raise awareness and stimulate the use of agro-food and forestry residues and by-products. It provided tools for the creation of consortia / working groups that promote knowledge transfer among farmers and foresters, research centers and (bio) industry, with the ultimate aim of developing new sustainable business models in Andalusia, in the field of Bioeconomics.

In a practical and participative way, some projects started and new lines of business and cooperation were identified and shared, which will be evaluated according to a Multi-Criteria Analysis developed by the University of Ghent. The most relevant ones, will become part of the activities of the AGRIFORVALOR project, receiving specialized advice consisting of training, coaching and tutoring services. In addition, they will have the possibility to obtain the "Award for best business model in Andalusia", which will be organized under the project.

More than 80 people from different sectors (agriculture, forestry, public administrations, researchers ...) gathered in this workshop held under the umbrella of the TRANSFIERE Forum, a biggest professional and multisectoral forum of Spanish Innovation, which is an important business opportunity to find potential technological partners in the scientific and business sectors.  The attendees showed a great interest in the work sessions, discussing the demands and needs of the market in these sectors, the possibilities of valorization of by-products and agricultural and forestry residues in Andalusia and making alliances.

The next steps marked by the project Agriforvalor are to empower the virtual forums through the project web; reporting on events, funding programs, publications, etc., as well as offering individualized support to those interested in financing, knowledge transfer and business development. In addition, by June of this year, combined measures of support for innovation will be offered through workshops, training, inter-node missions, online tools and awards, among others.