harvesting, processing, storage, and marketing
for local farmers, wild herb collectors and rural entreprenuers
Achieve a highly trained and technology-ready
workforce in the botanical sector
To produce high-quality Open Educational Resources (OERs) to facilitate sustainable Wild MAPs collection and processing and enhance ICT uptake in education and training is our priority! By creating tailored innovative training materials, the project aims to upskilling of MAPs collectors and processors promoting a highly trained and technology-ready workforce in the botanical sector.
Validate skills and qualifications of Wild MAPs professionals with a complete Certification Scheme
To ensure the validation of skills and qualifications of Wild MAPs collectors and producers, the project will create the first AgroCertification (AgroCert), and an assessment methodology, adding a new high value for the agricultural sector. This will also enhance the value of the final product, certifying the sustainability of the whole process (from collection to production) of Wild MAP.
Promote sustainable methods
and new income methods
Each project task is aligned with promoting sustainable practices in the Wild MAPs sector and enhance the welfare of local and regional professionals and their communities in the long term. To achieve this, we will analyze the current behaviours and expectations of individual Wild MAPs professionals, the skills and competencies emerging from a more sustainable approach, as well as market and legislative analysis of Wild MAP collection and production.
Digital innovation to achieve more sustainable
processes in the botanical sector
The project team will develop a GIS-enabled tool for the identification and geographical allocation of climatic and ecological Data associated with target MAPs. This tool aims to foster sustainability by providing accurate real-time information about Wild MAPs in local areas, enabling a mechanism to “teach” collectors how and when to collect, to work in a more sustainable way. This GIS tool will be designed as a user-friendly web app, facilitating easy and open access to any stakeholder.
Boost the local development of the
MAP sector and engage stakeholders
We go local! The project aims to activate the local and regional communities involved or interested in the Wild MAPs sector, creating the right conditions for it. Building Wild MAP communities, engaging and enriching actions, as well as a continuous interaction flow will allow creating the path to Wild MAPs local development.
Ensure knowledge transfer
to the sector and to new initiatives
We will generate concrete actions for knowledge transfer, such as workshops, training, and peer-to-peer learning for wild herb collectors and rural entrepreneurs. Facilitate project methodologies transfer to other agriculture sectors (e.g., mushroom cultivation) is a cut-crossing issue for each activity, result and output of the project.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND
UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. UCD is Ireland’s most globally engaged university, made up of six colleges and their constituent schools, specialised in different disciplines spanning the full academic spectrum, and with over 33,000 students drawn from 144 countries. . The university has a strong track record in leadership and participation in EC Framework Programme projects, with researchers having secured over €1.1 billion in research grants from national and international funding entities.
UCD will lead the Intellectual Output 1: Training needs analysis and development of a pathway for the sustainable wild MAP collection process and participates in all the project’s activities and outputs. The key person involved in the project is:
Dr Dimitrios Argyropoulos is Assistant Professor in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at UDC in Ireland. His research focuses on the design, development, and testing of sensors and control systems for optimal management of specialty crops including medicinal & aromatic plants. He has broad knowledge of the medicinal plant value chain including productivity, sustainable harvest, post-harvest processing and exploitation of wild plant species, safety and quality. He has participated as principal investigator and led several national and EC Framework Programme projects. He is also the Managing Editor of the Elsevier Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (JARMAP) and member of several European agri-food networks and associations (e.g., EIP-AGRI by the DG-Agri, as coordinating expert of Focus Group 35 on Plant-based Medicinal and Cosmetic Products). Read more here.