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The S3P Agrifood Thematic Partnership on Traceability and Big Data in the agrifood value chain (T&BD) is a strategic alliance of regions and other entities that works together with the aim of contribute to the digitisation of the agrifood value chain through the adoption of digital technologies and the value creation from data.

The T&BD Partnership is formed by 24 regions, that contribute with their regional ecosystem, and 13 associated members. Each region has created their nodes, formed by companies, competence centres, public administrations, etc. They are adopting the form of regional DIHs. It is coordinated and lead by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Junta de Andalucía (Spain) and co-lead by Emilia Romagna Region (Italy).

The methodology used by the Partnership since its creation has been recognised by the European Commission for its distributed and solid leadership, framed in a multilevel governance model involving quadruple helix actors in each regional node.

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Our strenghts

  • Connecting more than 1,900 stakeholders including governments, ICT companies, agrifood sector, knowledge agents, DIHs and civil society.
  • Building pilot projects in line with regional policies.
  • Developing scale-up projects as part of the S3P Industry.
  • Networking with other S3 Partnerships and related projects oriented to ag-tech and data.



  • Improving the competitiveness, resilience and sustainability of the agri-food sector.
  • Accelerating adoption of ICT, improved data management and interoperability in the agri-food sector.
  • Fostering data-driven innovation at all stages of the agri-food value chain
  • Developing new business models and market opportunities and quality job creation.
  • Improving the synergies between public institutions, knowledge agents, civil society entities, farmers and companies and promoting cooperation.
  • Sharing best practices in agrifood value chain based on the digital economy.
  • Promoting the incorporation of the agrifood sector into ICTs and the digital economy.



Four thematic areas containing the fields of action of the major specific working groups of the partnership have been identified. These thematic  areas have  been  defined  through  a process of joint mapping of needs and challenges, following a bottom-up approach, involving all the participants in the value chain experts, public administrations, universities and research bodies and agrifood industries, both at regional and inter-regional levels.

  • Smart monitoring of the value chain.
  • Lifecycles of the value chain.
  • Open data, interopelability, data governance and cybersecurity.
  • Consumer experience in decision-making processes.


come from

This Partnership is constituted under the Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) framework coordinated by the DG REGIO. Smart specialization is an innovative approach that aims to boost growth and jobs in Europe, by enabling each region to identify and develop its own competitive advantages. Also RIS3 has been an excellent opportunity for European regions to make the agrifood sector a new territorial priority within smart specialization strategies.

Starting in 2015, the European Commission services launched three thematic smart specialisation (S3) platforms: Agri-Food, Energy and Industrial Modernisation.

These platforms have been put in place to provide an interactive and participatory environment supporting interregional cooperation. Traceability and Big Data Thematic Partnership was born within Agri-Food Platform that was focused on RIS3 priority areas related to agriculture and food. Also it is aligned with Industrial Modernisation Platform.

Our contribution

to SGDs

The European Smart Specialisation Platform in Agri-food is working towards the achievement of the Agenda 2030, specifically T&BD contributes to following objectives:

  • SDG 2. Zero hunger.
  • SDG 7. Affordable and clean energy.
  • SDG 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth.
  • SDG 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure.
  • SDG 12. Responsible consumption and production.
  • SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals.
Go to the "Linking the Partnership with the SDGs" page



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