Boosting cross border Organic Ecosystem through enhancing agro-food alliances

Agriculture puts a lot of pressure on the environment. Soil fertility, biodiversity and human life are all negatively impacted by intensive and extensive farming. There is no doubt that organic agriculture is a great solution to achieve food safety and security as well as environmental sustainability. However, organic agriculture is still relatively underdeveloped in Mediterranean countries with heterogeneous situations from country to country. Main shared challenges are inconsistent or lacking support policies from national/local governments, low innovation capacities, limited knowledge of sustainable farming practices, and a weak value chain where MSMEs operate in a disaggregated way. ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project aims at reducing these obstacles and make the MSMEs operating in organic agriculture more competitive and better integrated. The project intends to establish a cross-border agro-food ecosystem which will set the ground for the development of the Mediterranean whole organic sector. This will be encouraged through new business alliances, creation of innovative value chains, and specialized support provided to MSMEs to increase the quality and the commercialization of products and their capacities to access to new markets.

Impact sector: Agriculture and fisheries and forestry

Outcome target group: 24 organic MSMEs directly supported 150 agro-food MSMEs (production, processing, supply, trade, etc.) Public authorities Local communities and consumers

Implemented best practices (BPiMED): Engage Workers, Hold Regular Meetings

Rating: 3.74

Funding:
Budget: $2,428,852.00
Funded: $2,185,966.00
Project coordinator:
Organization: Ministry of Agriculture ( MOA )
Web: http://moa.gov.jo/Default/Ar
Address: P.O.Box 961043 Amman 2099 Jordan
Contact Name: Khaled Al-Talafih
Email: khaled@moa.gov.jo
Phone: 962799784086
KPI:
KPI Value 
Commercialization Potential: 3.8
Intellectual Property rights protection and utilization: 3.5
Entrepreneurial and cultural activities: 3.75
Magnitude of Cooperation: 3.83
Technological Advancement: 3.8
Metrics:
Metric Value   Reference
M1 How many industries were involved at the ideation stage of the project? 110 (135)
M2 How many business ideas were developed from the project outcomes? 254 (200)
M3 How many SMEs (foreign) invested in the project? (in Euros) 3525321 (5000000)
M4 How many intellectual property rights does the project have in relation to WEF? 120 (100)
M5 How many commercialization or market studies were conducted as part of the project requirements? 12 (10)
M6 How many patents were filed in relation to WEF? 18 (25)
M7 How many new intellectual property brokering services were delivered? 134 (100)
M8 How many entrepreneurial ideas were identified in the scouting stage and supported in relation to WEF? 195 (200)
M9 How many industries and SME researchers were trained to initiate or create enterprises? 110 (135)
M10 How many business development organizations were receiving support for coaching and acceleration programs on WEF? 12 (10)
M11 How many PPP ventures or agreements resulted from the project activities? 15 (30)
M12 How many enterprises were cooperating with research institutions? 16 (13)
M13 How many SMEs were using program support for cooperating with Research Institutions on WEF? 60 (40)
M14 How many SMEs were using program support for cooperation in education, R&D and innovation on WEF? 43 (50)
M15 How many enterprises were involved per project with varied expertise in WEF? 117 (120)
M16 How many public or private stakeholders were engaged in joint pilots or training events? 211 (300)
M17 How many public institutions were cooperating towards strengthened multi-level governance for delivering integrated resource planning and measures? 35 (25)
M18 How many Prototypes were developed or planned in relation to resource efficiency or demand management in WEF? 41 (30)
M19 How many technology transfer support activities or initiatives were there? 127 (100)
M20 How many pilots or application of new technology in living labs were there? 7 (9)
M21 How many SMEs with technology innovation were introduced into the organization? 41 (50)
M22 How many replicable technologies for resource efficient use and use of non-conventional resources were developed? 5 (9)