Traceability & Big Data Traceability & Big Data

The first technical meeting of the thematic partnership on Traceability and Big data took place in Seville (Spain) on 28th and 29th March. The thematic partnership intends to facilitate the incorporation of the relevant digital technologies and data application in new and existing agri-food sector value chains. Over 100 participants attended the event in Seville.  Further information about the event can be found on this page.

About the Partnership

The thematic partnership aims at encouraging, motivating and facilitating the incorporation of necessary digital technologies and data application in agri-food sector value chains.

To focus and to foster a rich debate in which the proposals of the interested regions can be integrated in the project a work programme will be built around a number of specific topics. To develop each topic, it is suggested to start from a common foundation based on the overall opportunities for the agri-food sector:

  • More complete and trusted information available to consumers.

  • Smart information systems for companies and the public administration.

  • Territorial cooperation as basis for the transfer of technology and research outcomes, experiences, research staff and between companies, in those regions that are interested in this topic.

  • The shared value that will generate added value in all stages of the chain that will have an impact on the rest of phases and in society and the territories at large.

  • Improvement of business competitiveness, resilience and sustainability and creation of new businesses.

Focus and topics

Three specific and one cross-cutting topics are proposed:

a) Specific topic 1. Traceability and Big Data in the 'Lifecycles of the value chain'

b) Specific topic 2. Traceability and Big Data in the 'Smart monitoring of the value chain (agricultural production, agri-food industry, logistics, distribution and consumers) to improve the overall competitiveness of the agri-food sector'

c) Specific topic 3. Traceability and Big Data to 'incorporate consumer experience and the different operators in the food chain in decision-making processes'

d) Cross-cutting topic 1. Open data, interoperability, data governance and information security, cyber security.


Leading regions

Andalusia (ES) and Emilia-Romagna (IT)

Participating regions

Emilia-Romagna (IT), Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (IT), Sardinia (IT),Extremadura (ES), Navarre (ES), The Basque Country (ES), Galicia (ES), Limburg (NL), Pays de la Loire (FR), Brittany (FR), South Savo (FI), South Ostrobothnia (FI), Satakunta (FI), Central Macedonia (GR), Hajdú-Bihar (HU), South Transdanubia (Dél-Dunántúl, HU) and Middle Black Sea Region (TR).

Clusters from the regions: Alentejo (PT), Basilicata (IT) and Northern Ireland (UK).


Ricardo Domínguez García Baquero -Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia (Viceminister), Email:

Judit Anda Ugarte - Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia (Technical Advisor of Vice Minister), Email:

Additional information and documents

Scoping paper, and its Executive summary of the scoping paper (28.03.2017)

Conclusions of the 1st Technical Meeting of the Thematic Partnership (Seville, 28-29 March 2017)


Note on the Kick-off event in Florence

Summary of the Partnership