Kick off Meeting
Project No: 2019-1-TR01-KA203-075715
Place : Edirne, Turkey
Project Title: Introduction of Agroheritage Concepts into Higher Education Agenda for Raising Awareness and Capacity of Future Agriculturists for Conservation of This Heritage
Within the scope of Agroheritage Project, the first transnational meeting was held on 13-14 of December 2019 in Edirne, Turkey. In the meeting hosted by Trakya University (Turkey), representatives from partner organizations
- Joint Genomic Center Ltd) JGC,
- UNIVERZITET EDUCONS U SREMSKOJ KAMENICI PRIVATNE USTANOVE Educons,
- DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS,
- EARD, and
- APEC participated.
The two-day meeting started with the opening by the host organization, they presented the agenda of the meeting to the participants. Following the opening of the meeting the coordinator presented the tasks that have been almost finished. A Facebook Page, Instagram account dedicated to the Project has already been taken. Prof. Dr. Yalçın Kaya offered to take Linkedin account for the project and all accepted. The logo suggestions were voted and the logo of the project was decided.
The Coordinator talked about the visibility rules and explained Logo usage in products. Banu Avcioglu from EARD presented the project overview. Because of the delay in signing Grant Aggreement of the project we have some delays. In this meeting all partners discussed the new situation and new dates and deadlines for the tasks were set.
At the end of the meeting, the certificates of attendance were given to all participants.
Agroheritage comprises local plant varieties and animal breeds, traditional agricultural techniques, uses and related knowledge collectively developed by farmers through ages. Although survival of these agroheritage elements safeguard the sustainability of agriculture by providing diversity and buffering diseases and climate extremes; instensive farming has resulted in loss of traditional seeds, animals and knowledge day by day. The objective of our Project is to introduce agroheritage concepts into higher education agenda as a comprehensive course curriculum with free online learning material supported by practical trainings to agricultural students. The ultimate aim is to raise the awareness and capacity of future agriculturists to lead farmers by being innovative, creative and cooperative in utilizing and conserving agroheritage.