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Do you know who, on the EU level, brings the legislation regarding the food production, rural development and the fisheries?

June 11th, 2021|0 Comments

It is the Agriculture and Fisheries Council configuration (AGRIFISH).

The AGRIFISH Council brings together ministers from each EU member state. Most member states are represented by a single minister for both sectors, although some send two ministers – one for agriculture and another for fisheries. The European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development, the European Commissioner for health and food safety, or the European Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries also take part in meetings. Meetings usually take place once a month.

The AGRIFISH Council adopts legislation, in most cases together with the European Parliament, in a number of areas relating to the production of food, rural development and the management of fisheries. Areas under agricultural policy include the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), rules on the internal market for agriculture, forestry, organic production, quality of production and food and animal feed safety.

Measures relating to CAP aim to increase agricultural productivity, ensure a fair standard of living for the agricultural community, stabilize markets, assure the availability of supplies and ensure that supplies reach consumers at reasonable prices. The Council also adopts legislation on fisheries policy, the setting of annual Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for each species, and on the allocation of fishing opportunities.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council was held on 26-27 May 2021. The main item on the agenda for the agriculture and fisheries ministers was the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.

AgriCoopValue in Latvia: calculate the value of an agricultural cooperative

May 20th, 2021|0 Comments

According to LLKC, in order to express the usefulness of cooperation in agriculture not only in words, but also in meaningful figures, the Erasmus+ project Monetising the social value of agri-food cooperatives in rural Europe” (AgriCoopValue) in Latvia also plans to study the cooperative value calculation tool SPOLY. The calculation of the economic and social value of a cooperative is important because, unlike limited liability companies, joint stock companies and other traditional companies, the cooperative’s goal is not only to make a profit, but also to satisfy the interests of its members. The second important difference is that the cooperative belongs to all members and the more actively the members use it, the more they benefit from it. For instance, most members see the benefit of the cooperative in the price of the product they produce and sell through the cooperative. But the real contribution of the cooperative is much greater. Most clearly, the investments made, such as the processing plant set up by the cooperative’s grain dryer, which is owned by all members and also owned by all members, are also a measurable value in monetary terms. Therefore, the main objective of the project is to create a system for the application of a common social accounting method to agri-food cooperatives at European level in order to calculate the economic and social value of cooperatives and to profit from it. The project will train the technical staff and managers of agricultural and food cooperatives on how to use the SPOLY calculation method to profit from the cooperative’s social value. One of the tasks of the project through SPOLY is also to improve the image of European agricultural and food cooperatives, which would increase their competitiveness in an increasingly globalized market.

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The significance of AgriCoopValue Erasmus+ project

May 13th, 2021|0 Comments

Many of us do not realise that the agri-food sector as a whole is still one of the most important sectors of the current economy. According to Eurostat [1], agriculture contributed 1.3% to the European Union’s GDP in 2019. What is more, 4.5 million people are employed in the European Union in the food and beverages industry generating a turnover of €827.2 billion. If we combine these data with the new requirements that the agricultural production is in need of, it becomes quite obvious that innovation is a one-way solution to face all the challenges associated with the quality and effectiveness of agricultural production. AgriCoopValue Erasmus+ project aims to create a unified social accounting system for agri-food cooperatives to measure all the impacts, i.e., economic, social, environmental, that its industry produces adapted to its 5 subsectors: dairy, meat, fruit and vegetables, wine and olive oil. Stay tuned!

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AgriCoopValue project presented in Apprenticeship Hubs in Agro-Food sector conference

April 25th, 2021|0 Comments

AGGRA, one of the partners of AgriCoopValue project, hosted the final conference for the project “Apprenticeship Hubs in the agro-food sector” on 25th March 2021. The conference was held online but it was a great success since more than 100 people from both public and private institutions attended it. Among everything else, our partners presented AgriCoopValue project and made known to the public the aims of the project and what we have achieved so far. The interest in our project was quite high!

AgriCoopValue project’s third meeting!

April 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

The AgriCoopValue consortium met online for a third time on 12th April 2021 where the project website was presented and success story videos, e-leaflet and newsletters are being prepared at the moment! Also, a short approach of the methodology to the scope of the pilot project was presented where the process steps correspond to the main objective of each online teaching session that will be developed in the upcoming project months.

AgriCoopValue project’s second meeting!

April 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

The AgriCoopValue consortium met online for a second time on 24th February 2021 to take stock of project progress and responsibilities of each partner in the project while discussing how to proceed with transferring scientific knowledge to the agri-food cooperative sector. Also, all partners have been invited to follow and spread the AgriCoopValue news through the project dissemination channels (Twitter: @ValueCoop; Facebook: @agricoopvalue; LinkedIn: @AgriCoopValue) while the project website is being developed.


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