TRANSDAIRY, a project funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC program, will be launched by videoconference on 23 October. The goal of the new project is to improve the milk value chains throughout the Mediterranean by creating cross-border living labs and specialized start-ups.
The project, which will last 30 months, with a total budget of 3.8 million euros, 90% of which will be borne by the European Union, will create Living Labs for the milk supply chain, in the areas of biotechnology and ICT. The Living Labs, aimed primarily at young people and women, will support the creation of new businesses through the adoption of emerging technologies applied to the milk supply chain from the farm level to delivery to consumers.
The Transdairy project will provide financial support for the creation of start-ups, registration of patents, publications, training courses and workshops in a total of 8 living labs distributed in the Mediterranean area (Italy, Lebanon, Greece and Tunisia).
Transdairy, coordinated by the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, aims to enhance the technology transfer between research, industry and SMEs in the sectors of Key Enabling Technologies applied to the milk supply chain.
The project comes after a hot summer of protests in Tunisia by Tunisian farmers. Protests that culminated in the concession by the Ministry of Agriculture of an increase in the price of milk. “Of course, the way to solve the problems of this sector, at least in Tunisia, is to increase production, in quantity and quality.
This is needed in order to increase the farmers’ income. The project intends to contribute precisely to this. Many Italian cooperation actors are engaged in projects to improve the conditions of breeding in Tunisia, with actions financed both by the Italian Cooperation funds and, as in this case, by the European Union”, Giuliano Ragnoni, a project manager involved in and responsible for various cooperation programs in Tunisia, explained to ANSA.