The Regional Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock production, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Andalusia launched an observatory for prices and markets in which it has been working since 2006 with the objectives of guaranteeing the transparency of the agricultural market, analysing trends and becoming a support tool for strategic decision-making.
The Observatory has a huge volume of information on product prices the different links along the agri-food value chain. The information comes from a large number of companies which voluntarily provide their data.
The strengthening and development of an Observatory for prices in greater territorial areas will contribute to solve many of the problems faced by SMEs in the agri-food sector.
Therefore, strengthening the observatory to improve its monitoring function for value chains is suggested through:
• The implementation of new emerging digital technologies in order to improve their functioning and impact: process automation, incorporation of sensors and internet of things, big data and business intelligence to increase the volume and quality of the information collected, cyber security, interoperability, and all those innovations currently offered by the enormous proliferation of these technologies.
• The improvement of the involvement of SMEs and the benefits they obtain, so as to increase their participation. For this reason, the development of the tool must pursue to meet their demands and improve their business models. The observatory should help SMEs improve both the market and management decisions, as well as the confidence and credibility of customers.
• Enlargement, not only with regards to products and territories but also concerning areas and type of information for each link in the chain (traceability from the origin, food security, sustainability, new products and/or presentations).
• The incorporation of future data (forecasts) in addition to the current past and present information in order to support the planning and enable businesses to enhance response capacity.
Concerning the olive oil sector, a solid, strengthened and expanded observatory resulting from the cooperation between the most relevant Mediterranean actors in this particular production and value chain will allow to:
• Improve the horizontal and vertical integration of the agri-food value chain and its Mediterranean actors.
• Provide supporting information to producers and SMES to make decisions. This will improve their business and organizational models, while also making them more sustainable.
• Also improve the response capacity to address production and distribution in rapidly changing scenarios from the social and economic points of view.
• Improve the equity and distribution of value along the chain, which is the fundamental objective of these tools.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
AGAPA is a public agency that falls under the regional Government of Andalusia (Spain). It bases its activity on the development of policies related to the agricultural, livestock, fishing and rural development sectors which are of enormous importance both in EU policies and with regards to cooperation with third parties.
AGAPA has a wide presence in the Andalusian territory, with 123 offices distributed throughout the region and about 3,000 specialized workers (60% higher or medium technicians). In addition to the different headquarters located in each one of the 8 provinces of Andalusia, AGAPA manages the European Institute of Mediterranean food, the agri-food complex Hacienda de Quinto, and more than 5,000 ha. dedicated to farming in public estates. It also has:
• 59 District Agricultural Offices, in which there is an extensive knowledge of the territories in which they are located, their strengths, weaknesses, challenges faced and opportunities. They also play an important role in the promotion of innovation, advisory and transfer to the different subsectors
• 20 livestock and agricultural laboratories and oenological stations, and premises for quality control of fishery resources.
All this enables to boost the consolidation of the food industry and new emerging areas, as well as the modernization of the strategies developed by the agri-food production sector. This is coordinated together with the Regional Ministry of agriculture, fisheries and rural Development of Andalusia, as well as with the Andalusian Institute for agriculture and fisheries research and training, both institutions that fall under the regional Government of Andalusia.
Currently, the economies and societies worldwide are developing and promoting an international approach. Although local, regional and national approaches are still important, AGAPA already has more than 15 years of experience in the international scope and it is still committed to the contribution and participation outside our borders as an essential part of the activity of public organisations. In this sense, AGAPA intends to continue participating in international activities and projects addressing innovation, the efficiency in the use of resources, conservation of the environment, in direct relation with the sector, developing activities that generate impact and market orientation.
The previous activities developed and experience achieved by AGAPA concerning the international scope, as well as the challenges faced by the organisation, make that our main interest is focuses on the following programs and tools:
• European Territorial Cooperation Programs (POCTEP, Atlantic Area, SUDOE, INTERREG EUROPE, ENI CBC-MED)
• Program for Research and Innovation of the UE (Horizon 2020)
• Program for Environment (LIFE+)
• Opportunities offered by other European Union Funds (EAFRD or EMFF)
• Public Procurement for Innovation (PPI)
The main strengths of AGAPA are:
• a broad multidisciplinary technical human team composed by almost 3,000 qualified people
• more than 25 years of experience working in the sectors, and wide presence in the territory
• sufficient dimension, technology and resources
• huge capacity to contact with the private sector, both with the farmers and institutions that are part of it, as well as with businesses, agri-businesses in particular
• extensive knowledge of the relevant stakeholders in the agricultural sector in Andalusia
• great capacity to establish partnerships and dialogue with national and international bodies
• capacity to launch new innovative projects
AGAPA provides, in the same way, a relevant international experience gained through:
• participation as a partner in several projects of the framework programmes of R+D and Innovation of the EU, in the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation Programs of the EU, and of the EU LIFE+ Environment Programme
• execution of projects of international cooperation for development
• award of various tenders of the European Commission
• participation in specialized forums and networks
• participation through experts
• management of projects funded with European funds
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.