The TRACK project promotes cooperation between European regions for better data collection and use in the agri-food chain.

Five partners from Spain, France, Romania, Italy and the Netherlands are cooperating in this project, funded by the COSME (EU) program, to create an inter-regional ecosystem that stimulates innovative solutions through large data sets in the agri-food chain.

CTA is the only Spanish partner of this project that will support selected ICT SMEs to accelerate the implementation of Traceability and Big Data solutions for the agricultural sector. The Andalusian Technology Corporation (CTA) is a strategic partner for innovation. It helps businesses, universities, public authorities and other bodies to successfully reach their research and development goals and capitalize on results and includes 158 member companies.

The initial meeting of the European project TRACK took place in Brussels (Belgium) with the aim of promoting cooperation between European regions for the application of large data and improving the traceability of the agri-food sector, especially in the production of plants.

Funded by the COSME program of the European Union and with a two-year mandate, it is coordinated by VEGEPOLYS (France) and integrates four other European partners: AgroTransilvania Cluster (Romania), Emilia Romagna Regional Agrifood Clust-ER Corporation of Andalusia CTA) and Greenport West-Holland (Netherlands).

The objective of TRACK is to create an interregional ecosystem that stimulates innovative agro-food chain solutions and common investments for the development of agribusiness 4.0 (intelligent agri-food), focusing on the value chain of crop production and stimulating the ICT sector's approach in the agri-food sector, SMEs.

The consortium will work on a common vision of the different cluster included in the project and will propose a joint action plan to stimulate innovation to improve the efficiency and traceability of the food chain of crops. An interregional system will also be created to bring the ICT sector closer (in particular high data and traceability) to the agri-food sector, with tools to improve collaboration between SMEs in both sectors. It also aims to highlight pilot projects to facilitate the development of innovative solutions and increase competitiveness.

The TRACK project was born in Platform S3, the transregional partnership promoted by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development in Andalusia (CAPDER). The thematic partnership aims at encouraging, motivating and facilitating the incorporation of the necessary digital technologies and the application of data in the value chains of the agri-food sector.

Under the acronym TRACK, the full name of the project is "Tracking Opportunities for Developing and Strengthening Data Collection in the Agri-Food Chain to Increase Competitiveness of SMEs".

Finally, TRACK will provide support to selected SMEs in the ICT field to accelerate the implementation of their own agri-food solutions.