Under the framework of the WildFood project, with the overall objective of promoting the implementation of joint innovative strategies by involving different actors of the Wild Food Products (WFP) value-chain in the Mediterranean area, focusing on selected products (mushrooms, truffles, pine nuts & Aleppo pine seeds, aromatic plants, acorns) in view of improving their quality and safety controls and sustainability, the letters of commitment/agreements with local actors have been signed to implement eight pilot projects in six different countries.
The objective of the pilot projects is to provide innovative solutions to a few issues identified in segments of the WFP value chain to meet the pressing challenges of agri-food value chains in terms of quality and sustainability.
List of case studies/pilot projects:
|Pilot projects (responsible)||Product||Location|
|1. Implementing a new production and transformation process for aromatic plants (INRAA&INRF / INRGREF)||Rosemary and myrtle||Morneg, Ben Arous, Tunisia|
|2. Implementing a new packaging system for herbs aimed at increasing the quality for a longer period and/or implementing a production control (INRAA&INRF)||Rosemary, myrtle and lentisk||Milia, Jijel, Algeria|
|3. Establishing mycological parks to assess and control mushrooms collection and guarantee a sustainable mycological use with appropriate mushrooms collection, while integrating social function in this activity (innovation in production and use) (CTFC)||Mushrooms||Tarragona, Spain|
|4. Quantifying pinecone production, with sensors and drones (CTFC)||Pine nuts||Catalonia, Spain|
|5. Participating in development of innovative biological agents in pest control on truffle sites/plantations (SFI)||Truffles||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|6. Preparing of laboratory protocols for certification and identification of truffles (SFI)||Truffles||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|7. Elaborating a production monitoring protocol for truffle (UNIPD)||Truffles||Veneto and Friuli, Italy|
|8. Implementing some innovation systems for production, transformation and distribution of acorn related products, namely production, transformation, packaging and distribution (ISA&HFM)||Acorns||Alentejo, Portugal|