The rationale of this proposal relies on the growing demand for sustainable food production and better quality food products implying chain production optimization of agricultural raw materials. The agri-food chain plays an important role in Europe’s economic, cultural and political life. Further challenges influencing the chain are climate change, sustainability of natural resources, need for stronger regulation (food safety, safe working conditions, etc.), ageing workforce, competition in global markets and competition between big chains and small
holdings, new delivery methods, changing consumer demands, ethical concerns and knowledge-intensive technology. The energy sector (bio-fuel production) and rural development policies also have growing impact on the agri-food sector.
The focus of proposed Programme is to offer training in each aspect of the production value chain, improving knowledge and competitiveness, and bringing innovation into the sector.