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BRINGING INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY ALONG THE WHOLE VALUE CHAIN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN TOMATO INDUSTRY

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Tunis, 6-7 November 2019. Training workshop PRIMA – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area is the most ambitious joint programme to be undertaken in the frame of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.
Presentation by Prof. M. Hachicha National Research Institute in Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry, University of Carthage | UCAR

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BRINGING INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY ALONG THE WHOLE VALUE CHAIN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN TOMATO INDUSTRY

  1. 1. BRINGING INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY ALONG THE WHOLE VALUE CHAIN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN TOMATO INDUSTRY – MEDITOMATO Type of action: Innovation Action PRIMA Call for proposals under section Agro-Food value chain 2018 and under topic Implementing innovation in Mediterranean Agro-food chains by smallholders and SMEs GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER 1831 - MEDITOMATO
  2. 2. Participant No * PI name Organisation Short name Country 1 (Coordinator) Guillermo Matute Gómez Ingeniería y Control Electrónico S.A. ING Spain 2 Partner 1 Inés Echeverría Goñi Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad Alimentaria CNTA Spain 3 Partner 2 Harris Moysiadis Future Intelligence Ltd FINT Greece 4 Partner 3 Melanie Speck Wuppertal Institute WUPP Germany 5 Partner 4 Patrizia Spigno ARCA 2010 a.r.l. Soc.Coop. ARCA Italy 6 Partner 5 Mohamed Hachicha Institut National de Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts INRGREF Tunisia 7 Partner 6 Nuray Akbudak Bursa Uludag University BUU Turkey 8 Partner 7 Beatriz Molina Grupo Empresarial La Caña, S.L. GLC Spain 9 Partner 8 Alberto Villar IK4 TEKNIKER TEKN Spain 10 Partner 9 Konstantinos Tsiakataras Diadikasia Business Consulting S.A. DIAD Greece Partners
  3. 3. The main goal of MEDITOMATO is to demonstrate innovative technology solutions in three demo-sites based on PRIMA countries covering the whole tomato value chain (from agricultural production to fresh product, processing and distribution) enabling this sector (including SMEs and smallholders) to progress at different levels (environmental, food quality & safety, sustainability, traceability, efficiency and water management) contributing to a consistent rural and social development of the Mediterranean agro-food sector supported on a quality, safe and sustainable production. Strategic objective of MEDITOMATO
  4. 4. Objective O1: Design, engineering and assembly of in/on-line low-cost sensor system based on Visible-Near Infrared (Vis-NIR) spectroscopy for non-destructive monitoring of tomatoes quality during plant processing process Objective O2: Adaptation of O1 to a low-cost portable sensor system based on Vis/NIR spectroscopy for tomato maturity monitoring during harvest and growing process. Objective O3: Development of Internet of Things (IoT) based irrigation systems to obtain at least 10% water and energy savings in comparison to current systems and capable of being interoperable with equipment on the ground Objective O4: Application of IoT technologies to control fertilise applications of fertigation units. Specific objectives related to individual innovations Specific objectives related to integration of technologies in demonstration sites Objective O5: Development of a global web platform aggregating O1, O2, O3, O4 as well as a food traceability system (FTS) and the related data analysis in cloud aiming to optimize the whole value chain Objective O6: Integration and demonstration in three demo-sites in PRIMA countries (Spain, Italy and Turkey) of MEDITOMATO innovations (O1 to O5) under a whole value chain approach Specific objectives
  5. 5. Specific objectives related to results assessment and maximization of impacts Objective O7: Microbiological Risk and Impact Analysis. The goal is to perform a qualitative microbiological risk analysis: (a) to identify hazards and potential sources of contamination; (b) to examine the possible impact of new technologies, production processes and/or growing conditions; and (c) to identify effective preventive controls to improve the safety of fresh products and apply them to each demo-site. Objective O8: Analysis of the status of the food supply chains: quantification of the techno-economic, environmental (through life cycle analysis, LCA) and social (through social LCA, S-LCA) benefits of the solutions deployed in each site and study of the feasibility for the Mediterranean countries with simulation of business cases in other PRIMA countries for replication of the project after MEDITOMATO execution. This analysis will cover other countries (Greece, Tunisia, Italy and Spain) and also other crops where replication of MEDITOMATO solutions is technoeconomically feasible Objective O9: Dissemination, communication and awareness raising across the PRIMA countries and exploitation of results to maximize impacts of MEDITOMATO. Specific objectives
  6. 6. Concepts and assumptions underpinning the project Main sketch of MEDITOMATO including work packages, solutions deployed, demo-sites and replication cases. Spain Spain Spain Spain Greece Greece Solution 1: Vis-NIR for real time quality monitoring (online and portable). Sensor systems will be developed by TEKN (Spain) in collaboration with CNTA (Spain) Solution 2: Food Traceability System (FTS) along distribution and processing of vegetables Solution 3: Irrigation management Solution 4: Fertilise Management Solution 5: Global web platform for data analysis in cloud for optimization of production and distribution ● MEDITOMATO is based on the analysis of project requirements (WP2) to then develop a series of solutions (Sol. 1 to 5) which are the foundations of the project (IoT for fertigation, NIR, a web platform in cloud with data analysis and a food traceability system). ● All these innovations will be demonstrated in three demosites (Spain, Italy and Turkey) which comprise different tomato varieties, cultivation approaches and climates to obtain representative results. ● In parallel, health and safety procedures assessments, LCA and social LCA and dissemination tasks to involve food value chain around demo-sites will be carried out. ● Finally, the project will carry out some replication cases (studies) to assess the economic feasibility of replication of MEDITOMATO concepts after project execution. - Spain
  7. 7. Replication cases (studies): Greece, Tunisia, Italy and Spain Spain Italy Greece Tunisia Turkey Concepts and assumptions underpinning the project
  8. 8. MEDITOMATO methodology, relation to the WPs and the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) increases expected in the project. Methodology of MEDITOMATO to achieve project goals
  9. 9. List of work packages Work plan — Work packages, deliverables RCS: Regulations, codes and standards LCA: Life Cycle Analysis SLCA : Social Life Cycle Analysis
  10. 10. - WP7 will include the real demonstration of the technologies developed (WP3 and 4) and integrated in WP5 with the execution of a monitoring plan with data collection to measure operation parameters and KPIs with the aim of comparing them with those delivered in WP2. In WP7, life cycle assessment (LCA), social LCA and economic assessments will take place throught the data collected as part of the monitoring plan, which allows to measure the real socio-economic and environmental benefits of the project. WP6 and WP7 will start jointly. - WP6 will perform a health and safety analysis focused on microbiological risks to measure the impacts of MEDITOMATO on this matter as well as to propose new procedures and protocols to improve safety along the value chain. WP8 will be executed to perform a market assessment in the Mediterranean countries, elaborate a general business model and develop replication cases in specific locations. A roadmap for replication of MEDITOMATO solutions will be elaborated considering all PRIMA countries as well as other crops. Work plan — Work packages, deliverables The project will start with WP2, specifically with the assessment of technical, economic, social and environmental constrains for the deployment of MEDITOMATO concepts and the simulation of expected benefits to obtain a set of detailed specifications to guide the project. After that, WP3 and WP4 will start in parallel to develop the NIR prototypes as well as to assemble the IoT equipment, develop the global web platform and build the food traceability system. These solutions will be then ex-situ validated prior to be sent to the sites to ensure their appropriate operation. At this stage, WP5 will start to deploy, integrate and commission the solutions developed in WP3 and WP4 in the demo- sites. In parallel, WP5 will also develop a monitoring plan to establish the Key performance indicators (KPIs) and aspects on which demonstration has to focus (WP7). WP9 will develop a disseminaton, communication and awareness plan continuously updated
  11. 11. MEDITOMATO Gantt chart
  12. 12. Meetings and locations Meetings foreseen for each management body in MEDITOMATO and tentative location

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