#32 | March 2023


The monthly Newsletter of the S3 Partnership on Traceability and Big Data aims to provide information regarding opportunities for improving and promoting the digitalisation of the agrifood value chain in Europe, in the context of the regional smart specialisation strategies of each partner.


GAIA - The Gender Alliance for Innovation in Agriculture

[Margaux Plurien & Lorena van de Kolk (Schuttelaar & Partners)]

SmartAgriHubs, an Horizon 2020 project dedicated to building a network of digital innovation hubs across Europe, ended last September. The SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce is a crucial part of its legacy: building on success and lessons learnt, several stakeholders are now launching GAIA – the Gender Alliance for Innovation in Agriculture.


Official launch of the Smart Specialisation Community of Practice (S3 CoP)

DG REGIO's main source of support and knowledge sharing on the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Transfiere, a new edition of the European Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation

Traceability & Big Data attended a new edition and participated in the side event of the AURORA project roadshow.

Presentation Day of Results of PhytoDron Operating Group

The objective of PhytoDron is to promote the safe use of drones as a tool for applications of plant protection products.

Questionnaire to suppliers in the agricultural and food supply chain on unfair trading practices (UTPs)

This survey by the JRC and the DG for Agriculture and Rural Development of the EC is carried out across all Member States and it targets suppliers covered by the Directive at the different stages of the agricultural and food supply chain. Available until March 15th, 2023.

Ruralizable looks for entrepreneurs aiming at boosting rural innovation

(Just available in Spanish) This initiative looks for ideas and projects to improve the future of the rural world. Projects will shoot up through an entrepreneurship hackathon accompanied by specialized mentors. A selection of projects will have the opportunity of participating in South Summit 2023.
Registration is until March 27th, 2023.    

EIT Food programs application open: Seedbed and FAN

Seedbed, the incubator program, is focused on aspiring entrepreneurs and researchers looking for market-validated business propositions. The EIT Food Accelerator Network (FAN) is targeted for (pre-)seed agrifood startups looking for tech validation and business acceleration to drive a successful market adoption.
Closing date: March 26th, 2023.

I3 call. Strand 2b

Strand 2b projects refer to the concrete experimentation of new approaches, solutions and good practices to engage in interregional innovation processes mobilising ecosystems and in particular SMEs.

Deadline: 16 March 2023


PRIMA calls 2023

PRIMA AWP 2023 includes Innovation Actions and Research and Innovation Actions, market replication and new technologies.

Deadline: 22 March (Section 1) and 29 March (Section 2) 2023


Horizon Europe

Innovative governance, environmental observations and digital solutions in support of the Green Deal.

Deadline: 23 March 2023

Events and workshops


March 2023



From playbook to implementation

High Level Event of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) “From playbook to implementation” as a bridge between smart specialisation and other EU policies to promote innovation-driven territorial transformation.


March 2023



Pitch your Robot...Find your Investor

agROBOfood is organising an event that aims is to startups developing a robotic solution find an investor to fund their work and take it one step further.


March 2023



Smart Specialisation Strategies Conference 2023

The S3 Conference is the launch event for the S3 Community of Practice, DG REGIO’s major source of support for S3 implementation. The S3 Conference will offer participants the chance to engage in interactive sessions showcasing the role of S3 in fostering innovation and driving local economic development in alignment with EU priorities.





Interreg Europe: Info days 2023 in your country

Points of contact of the Interreg Europe 29 Partner States organise information days to present the programme and its key features in local language, if possible. The upcoming events will inform mainly about the second call for proposals, expected to be opened from 15 March to 9 June 2023.
Documents & multimedia

The Food Fight podcast: “from seed to scale: the journey of an entrepreneur”

EIT Food.

Foodtech in Spain 2022


Community-led Local Development (CLLD) in the 2014–2020 EU Programming Period: An Innovative Framework for Local Development.

Stefan Kah, Haris Martinos and Urszula Budzich-Tabor.

Sustainability Bites podcast: Food labelling - Ecoscore.

Schuttelaar & Partners.


This newsletter is open to share your news, videos, documents, events, survey results, reports done, calls for funding, good practices and whatever relevant related to the digital transformation of the agrifood sector and that could be of interest to our members and stakeholders. Your contributions are more than welcome by the S3P Traceability & Big Data. Please, send them to: 


This e-Newsletter has been elaborated by the
S·3 Interregional Partnership on Traceability and Big Data in the agrifood value chain.
Editorial board: Region of Andalusia.

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