Traceability & Big Data Traceability & Big Data

Monitoring reports containing a management report and a progress report prepared by the Lead Region(s) are available here:
- Monitoring Report covering the period from July to December 2020
- Monitoring Report covering the period from January to June 2020
- Visit the Traceability & Big Data website:
- Do you want to receive the newsletter of the S3 Partnership on Traceability and Big Data? Subscribe and read the monthly publications. The monthly newsletter aims to provide information regarding opportunities for improving and promoting the digitalisation of the agrifood value chain in Europe, in the context of the regional S3 of each partner.
- Watch the webinars organised by Traceability & Big Data on its Youtube channel.

Future events:
Visit dedicated wesite for to learn more about upcoming events.

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.

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Working areas

  • WA1: Lifecycles of the value chain.
  • WA2: Smart monitoring of the value chain to improve the overall competitiveness of the Agri-Food sector.
  • WA3: Incorporating consumer experience & different operators in food chain decision making processes.
  • WA4: Open data, interoperability, data governance and information security, cyber security.

Contribution to SDGs:

  • SDG 2. Zero hunger
  • SDG 7. Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals


ASSOCIATED MEMBERS (commitment of centres of expertise, technology transfer and research)

  • Wageningen University (NL)
  • CENSE (PO)
  • Ribatejo Cluster (PO)
  • Basilicata Cluster (IT)
  • Northern Ireland Cluster (UK)
  • Greenport West-Holland (NL)
  • International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (PO)
  • ISQ (PO)
  • AgroTransilvania Cluster (RO)
  • ICT Innovation Network (SL)
  • Cluster Agrifood Nazionale (IT)


Leading regions
Participating regions
Interested regions

Active members of the Partnership


Traceability & Big Data Partnership e-mail:

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

Additional information and documents

Current projects

7 December 2017: S3P T&BD selected by the Commission to pilot Interregional Innovation Projects (List of Selected partnerships) with the aim to:

  • Commercialise and scale-up interregional innovation projects that can create or reshape European value chains.
  • Attract private investment for promising innovation projects.
  • Explore and strengthen synergies between different EU instruments (Cohesion Policy funds, the Investment Plan, Horizon 2020).

With the aim to provide partners with complementary opportunities available at the S3 Industrial Modernisation Platform, the Traceability and Big Data Partnership has now a double affiliation (both for the Agrifood and Industrial Modernisation Platforms).

This double affiliation means that while the partnership will continue being a member of the Agrifood Platform, it is now also eligible to take advantage of the services available to the Industrial Modernisation Platform partnerships. In this context, the Partnership applied in 2019 for the Technical Assistance Facility Support provided by DG GROW in the Industrial Modernisation Platform, and succeed in getting specific technical expert support for the finalisation of the business plan of one of its interregional business cases (“Complat”, a project designed to test and implement an agrifood smart labelling and traceability platform in which 5 regions of the Partnership take part).

Key Milestones

Promoting the exchange of experiences and best practices on the agrifood value chain webpage.

Case studies of regional practice on T&BD, April 2019, Pazardzhik (BG)

I Technical Workshop REGIONS 4FOOD project, May 2019, Nantes (FR)

Smart Agri-Food Summit, June 2019, Malaga (ES)

GreenTech, 11-13/06/19, Amsterdam (NL)


The S3P Agri-food on Traceability and Big data took part in the Smart Regions 2.0 Conference in Helsinki on 1-2 June. On 1 June the thematic partnership gave a presentation during parallel session 2C: Investing in agri-food and is playing an active in the subsequent structured group discussions. On 2 June the thematic partnership organised an open networking / matchmaking event to assess the state of the play and progress made in the partnership since the 1st Technical Meeting held in Seville in March 2017.

The Partnership offered the following reflections after the event in Helsinki:
'The Helsinki event allowed different members of our partnership to share experiences with different origins and with different objectives, but all of them playing an important role in the European thematic connection. This issue is extremely important since sharing strategies will allow us to achieve a more solid objective, where the need for mutual learning and shared development is taken into consideration.'

Further information and documents:
Building up partnerships leading to investment - Cecilia Gañán de Molina
S3P Agrifood TBD Work Plan_20170608
Parallel session 2c_Traceability and Big Data - Esperanza Perea
Relational Capital - Cecilia Gañán de Molina

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.