Traceability & Big Data

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

Traceability & Big Data

The T&BD 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.

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).

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Thematic working areas

  1. Lifecycles of the value chain.
  2. Smart monitoring of the value chain to improve the overall competitiveness of the Agri-Food sector.
  3. Incorporating consumer experience & different operators in food chain decision making processes.
  4. Open data, interoperability, data governance and information security, cyber security.C

Current projects

The following projects were initiated based on the TBD partnership collaboration:
  • TRACK, aimed to create an interregional ecosystem to stimulate new innovative solutions fitting specific requirements of agrifood chain, and joint investments towards an advanced agrifood industry 4.0.
  • REGIONS4FOOD, Interreg Europe project, aimed at innovation-driven growth of the food industry, using information, data and cognitive technologies.
  • SMARTAGRIHUBS, unleashing the innovation potential for the digital transformation of the European Agrifood Sector.
  • DIVA​​​​, aimed to provide support to the emergence and development of new industrial digitech value chains with applications to the agro-food, forestry and environment sectors.

Exchange of experiences

The partnership promotes the exchange of experiences and best practices on the agrifood value chain. Check the T&BD website

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

List of regions involved

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)
  • Cluster ASOI (FR)

Active members of the partnership

Contacts details of the leading regions

Mar Cátedra

Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Andalusia (Technical Advisor)

Armando Martínez

Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Andalusia 

Contact details of DG REGIO

Related documents and information

Monitoring reports containing a management report and a progress report prepared by the lead regions are available here:
Monitoring report T&BD July-December 2020

Other relevant documents:
S3P Agrifood TBD - Governance
S3P Agrifood TBD - Action Plan
Scoping paper
Summary of the partnership
Publication: S3P on Traceability and Big Data in the Agri-food value chain
Executive summary of the scoping paper
Conclusions of the 1st Technical Meeting of the Thematic Partnership (Seville, 28-29 March 2017)
Note on the Kick-off event in Florence

Past events

  • Case studies of regional practice on T&BD, April 2019, Pazardzhik (BG)
  • 1st Technical Workshop REGIONS 4FOOD project, May 2019, Nantes (FR)
  • Smart Agri-Food Summit, June 2019, Malaga (ES)
  • GreenTech, 11-13/06/19, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Smarter Regions 2.0 Conference, 1-2 June 2017, Helsinki (FI)
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 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 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 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."
    - 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
    - Flyer
  • 1st Technical Meeting of Thematic Partnership Traceability and Big Data, 28-29 March 2017:
    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.