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Event date 02.10.2023

Ploutos is a European research project that aims to balance the distribution of value along agri-food supply chains by stimulating positive relationships among the different actors involved, e.g., farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, technology providers, small and medium-sized enterprises. By combining behavioral innovation, collaborative business models, and data-driven services, Ploutos will increase the transparency of information flow and management capacity. The results will result in more competitive, efficient, resilient and sustainable supply chains with improved performance and positive socio-economic and environmental impacts.

All Ploutos innovations are gathered in a single framework (called Sustainable Framework), which will be tested and calibrated in 11 Sustainable Innovation Pilots (SIPs) in the project. Project activities have begun for all SIPs in the different European states (Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, North Macedonia, Serbia, Cyprus, Slovenia, Italy, and France). In addition to their extensive geographic coverage, Ploutos SIPs cover a wide range of agri-food systems: extensive crops, horticulture, perennials, greenhouse crops, livestock, and dairy production.

Two SIPs are underway in Italy, focusing on durum wheat and grapevine, respectively.

Cetif and leader of SIP2, called "Better Contracts for Better Durum Wheat Production." The case study stems from the fact that Italian durum wheat production does not fully cover domestic raw material requirements. Improved contract conditions, linked to the introduction of new technologies that help farmers in the sustainable management of the crop, can lead to benefits for all actors in the supply chain: food industry, farmers and technology providers.

This SIP builds on the experience of Barilla, whose suppliers use the Decision Support System (DSS) granoduro.net® provided by Horta to sustainably manage their crops and obtain a safe and quality product. In order to further improve the condition of farmers, the SIP focuses on the introduction of a parametric insurance for wheat obtained with the support of the DSS, which will protect producers from unforeseen and unmanageable risks that may occur during the field phase (e.g., related to weather conditions), which should make it impossible to achieve the safety and quality objectives established in the contract.