Two meetings took place in the last months to organize activities and achieve goals
SUSTAvianFEED project started last 1st April 2021 and, since then, two partner meetings have been held and several achievements and advances have been done.
The project kick-off meeting took place the 28th April 2021 and it was a perfect opportunity to present the work plan and first activities to be developed as well as interact with project partners.
During the meeting, the project coordinator, ALIA, welcomed all the attendees and explained the main project aspects. In addition, each partner explained their project role, their responsibilities and introduced the different organizations’ members who will be involved in the project implementation.
Moreover, the Project Officer attended the meeting, congratulating the project partners and presenting the financial and administrative procedures of the project and the MEL Platform for project information and deliverables exchange with the PRIMA Secretariat.
Furthermore, during the 23rd September the 2nd project meeting was held. During this occasion, project partners shared the main advances of the project and plan the next activities to be done. The meeting was especially focused on WP2 ‘Development of alternative poultry feeds’ and WP4 ‘Stakeholder interaction and end-user involvement’.
Both meetings were held online because of the covid-19 situation, while Spanish partners were together. Once the pandemic situation improves, physical meetings will be organized.
By this time, SUSTAvianFEED project has made several achievements.
Elaboration of the Dissemination and Communication Strategy.
Since the project promotes tangible approaches for a more sustainable livestock sector by focusing on innovative and sustainable poultry feedings programs, it will have different target audiences as well as different communication tools. From direct training for producers, to events dedicated to consumers, through digital communication on websites and social networks, all partners will be involved in the development of the following communication and dissemination plan that aims to create a global community of practice that can serve as an example for the transformation of the entire food system.
Development of Living Lab Strategy, which will be implemented during project duration.
A Living Lab (LL) is a multi-stakeholder approach set-up to carry our innovation projects that follow the principles of open innovation and focus on real-life experimentation to co-create, test and validate novel solutions. Open innovation involves external stakeholders, mainly users or consumers, making them co-participate in the innovation process.
Creation of the visual identity of the projects.
To ensure the Consortium has a coherent visual appearance, a project logo was designed, focusing on four issues: poultry farming, research and innovation in developing a sustainable nutritional formula, social aspects and sustainable farming practices based on circular economy principles. All these elements are connected in a sort of sketchy circle that holds every concept together.
First works for the definition of the sustainable feeding program.
ALIA, together with the rest of the partners, has started to identify the possible sustainable diets to be used during the pilot implementation. To this aim, pilot partners have developed a list of local ingredients and regional by-products which can be introduced in the poultry feed to reduce the use of imported proteins. For the completion of this list, the first set of Living Lab Activities have been conducted.
SUSTAvianFEED is comprised by eight partners (ALIA, UMU, UNITO, ISA-CM, RAYHANA, ENTOMO, EGE, SLOWFOOD) from 4 different Mediterranean countries (Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Turkey). The project has a budget of €2.593.463,09, including a PRIMA programme, supported by the European Union, contribution of €2.299.388,46.