Paris, 29 March 2010

EFITA newsletter / 454 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Invitation for participation in major stakeholder event on 'transparency in the food chain'

The European project 'Transparent_Food' was initiated by the EU Commission for clarifying the issue of transparency along the food chain as well as with policy and consumers. It has as distinct objectives:

1. to identify the state-of-the-art in transparency: needs, deficiencies, and barriers,

2. to formulate a research agenda for facilitating improvements,

3. to propose a European backbone system for tracking and tracing needs, and

4. to establish a European Transparency Platform for communication and exchange.

It builds on stakeholder involvement through meetings and web consultations throughout Europe and intends to prepare a White Paper for policy decision support. It receives support through an advisory board representing industry, associations, consumers, and other leading groups with interest in the issue.

A first major stakeholder event is scheduled for May 6, 2010 in Brussels, opened by a representative of the European Commission.

This event will be of major relevance for the direction of the project. The meeting venue is the building of the representative of North-Rhine-Westfalia to the Commission, Rue Montoyer 47, B-1000 Brussels.

We invite all groups with interest in the subject (stakeholders from industry, policy, consumers, and research) to participate and bring in their views. Participation is free but participants have to care for their own costs.

Participation requires registration by April 20 and is limited.

Contact: Gerhard SCHIEFER
E-mail: schiefer(a)

Knowledge Share Fair - Latin America and Caribbean / Second Call for Proposals: Deadline Extended
From 25 to 27 May 2010, the ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other international organizations will be organizing a 3-day event at the Campus of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali (Colombia) entitled "Knowledge Share Fair - Latin America and Caribbean".
We are looking for good knowledge sharing practices in the field of agricultural research and development and food security for Latin America and the Caribbean. We want to know how knowledge sharing practices, methods and tools have enhanced your work and made your project more successful and effective.
In particular, we would like to know about:
* Good knowledge sharing practices with project teams, partners, communities, networks, and end users
* Good practices in making research processes and outputs accessible, available and applicable.
The closing date for the submission was extended to 5th April, 2010.
For more information, please go to: Call for proposals are available for downloading here, english / espańol.
Contact: Gauri SALOKHE
E-mail: gauri.salokhe(a)

Rural tourism workshop: "Changing concept for quality? Situation – innovation – local value”
9 June - RIGA, Latvia
The workshop will bring together European professionals in rural tourism to evaluate the changes in the sector and highlight innovative, constructive and successful approaches to win the challenges of today.
The speakers and panel discussion groups represent the leading rural tourism organisations: Eurogites, Gites de France, Austrian Farm Holidays, Farmstay UK and other practitioners. The workshop is combined with the annual conference of Latvian rural tourism providers. The workshop language is English with translation to Latvian. 

>>> Why come?
The workshop is the first wide international gathering of rural tourism professionals since the congress in Hungary 2007 to discuss the hottest issues in the sector and generate professional inspiration.
The speakers and panellists are the best practicing experts in rural tourism, and the organisers are proud to have all of them in one event for high quality and value presentations and discussions.
Experience exchanges with colleagues from other countries will give support and added value to individual efforts in finding out how to go about the current changes in the sector, how to  stay in the market and turn threats into benefits?
And finally – after the workshop, a summer evening in Latvia is an excellent occasion to socialise with your foreign colleagues and friends while enjoying Latvian national values like good beer, food, and the white nights when it is light even by midnight.

Contact: Asnate ZIEMELE

Most popular French agricultural web sites from Google Analytics (Gentilleau, 2010)



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France agricole

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Le Mag

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Annonces Pleinchamp


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CAP Subsidies

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New HAAI project: Dissemination of innovative information technology research and development results for agriculture

The Hungarian Association of Agricultural Informatics (HAAI, member of EFITA) is implementing the project supported by the New Hungary Development Plan.

>>> Objectives
* Developing a scientific information portal (
* Starting an Electronic Journal (
* Publishing agricultural informatics studies
* Organising national and international conferences on agricultural informatics
* Supporting the scientific work of students and young researchers on agricultural informatics

The Journal of Agricultural Informatics has been established.
The call for papers is open. The first submission deadline is 31st of March.
Submissions are welcomed:

Contact: Miklos HERDON, president of HAAI
E-mail: herdon(a)

A helping hand (an old one)
A farmer stopped by the local garage to have his truck fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would just walk home. On the way home he stopped at the DIY store and bought a bucket, and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the local feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, 'Can you tell me how to get to 16 Church Lane? '

The farmer said, 'Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot.'

The old lady suggested, 'Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?'

'Why thank you very much,' he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home.

On the way he says 'Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time...'

The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, 'I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?

The farmer said, 'Bloody Hell lady! I 'm carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?'

The old lady replied, 'Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens...

Contact: Ian HOUSEMAN
E-mail : ian.houseman(a)

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