Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability - ORGANIC DAYS

Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability - ORGANIC DAYS

The European Innovation Partnership„Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability“An Agriculture of KnowledgeDirectorate General for Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentCyprus – 25 September 2012

Context• In its Europe 2020 Strategy, the Commission underlines thecrucial role of research and innovation in preparing the EU forthe future challenges• The orientations for “the CAP towards 2020" highlight innovationas being indispensable to prepare Union agriculture for thefuture• The “Budget for Europe 2020" includes a major investment inthe CAP section: 4.5 billion Euros for research and innovation inthe field of food security, bio-economy and sustainableagriculture• The central role of research and innovation is specified in theEurope 2020 flagship initiative entitled "An Innovation Union,"which introduced the concept of European InnovationPartnerships (EIP) as a new tool for encouraging innovation

Societal Challenge: “Achieving More from Less”Societal challengeProspect:• Increasing food demand (FAO: 70% increase by 2050)• Increasing land use competition (bio-mass, bio-energy,nature conservation) and climate changeResponse:• Increasing productivity while ensuring sustainableresource management (focus on land) and preservingthe environment• Substituting primary production through recycling,reduction of post-harvest loss, and new products• Climate change adaptation and mitigationRequirements:• Major investment into research and innovation• Faster transfer of knowledge from research to practicalfarming and ensuring feedback on practical needs toscience

What is Innovation?In short: ideas put into practice with success• new, improved or successfully applied products,processes or services, for instance products with adaptedquality, new production methods, opening to newmarkets and new forms of organization• innovation is more than dissemination of research: itoccurs as a result of the creativity and interplay betweenactors for combining new and/or existing (tacit)knowledge• In the end, it is only when a new creation really becomesmore or less mainstream that it is called an "innovation”5

Practical consequences:What is Innovation?• it is impossible to classify concrete action in advance asbeing "innovative" or not• what is considered as innovative depends on the state ofdevelopment of e.g. farming systems in a given region,with huge differences and time lags across the EU• Interplay and mediation between actors is key6

Closing The Innovation GAPResearchInteractionFarming Practice7

NeedsChallenge-driven solutions based on:• pursuing innovation across the whole supply chain• interlinking existing innovation-related measures andinitiatives• facilitating communication among stakeholders andcreating workable links between science and practice• providing EU value added through networking andenhancing complementarity• achieving synergies and enhancing effectiveness ofexisting instruments8

Complementarity of instrumentsRural Development Programmes (RD):• Normally applied within a specific programme regionEuropean Union Research Policy (Horizon 2020)• Must go beyond: cross-regional, cross-border or EU levelOther policies (FAS, ERDF, national,…)• According to their own specificities

Means to support operational groups (OGs)1. Rural Development Programmes:• Cooperation (establishing operational groups)• Knowledge transfer, including demonstration projects• Advisory services, including training of advisors• Investment in physical assets• Business development• Quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs2. European Union Research Policy (Horizon 2020)• Applied research enhancing the knowledge base• Clusters of applied innovation actions and multi-actorprojects• Support innovation brokers and innovation centres• On farm experimentation


Different Sources of Fundingfor Operational GroupsRuralOperationalNational Horizon PrivateDevelop- ERDFGroup2020 Fundsment

Different Sources of Fundingfor Operational GroupsHorizon2020NationalFundsRuralDevelopmentERDFPrivateFunds



Network FunctionsEIPNetwork• Interlinking innovation-related actions of Rural DevelopmentPolicy and the EU Research and Innovation Framework• Collection of relevant information (data bases, project lists, etc.)• Ensuring an effective flow of information and providing advice onopportunities provided by EU policies (helpdesk function)• Exchange on innovation topics, best practice, and accompanyingresearch (focus groups, seminars, workshops, field days)• Systematic feedback to scientific community on practice needs• Exchange with Technology Platforms (ETPs), Research AreaNetworks (ERA-NETs), Joint Programming Initiatives, etc.• Interface function of the Standing Committee for AgriculturalResearch (SCAR)

Innovation Themes• Primary production: technical solutions to increasingproductivity and economic viability• Resource management: ecosystem services, soil functionality,water management, and genetic resources (“public goods”)• Bioeconomy: innovative technology for the bio-based economyrecycling; new products; reduction of post harvest loss• Supply chain: integrated supply chain solutions; new services;logistics, and management systems• Quality and consumers: food quality, food safety, and healthylifestyles (consumer information and consumer choice)17

Steering BoardEuropean Innovation Partnership‚Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability ‘RuralDevelopmentNetworkSteering GroupRuralDevelopmentCommitteeEIPNetworkStandingCommitteeon AgriculturalResearch(SCAR)Research & InnovationFramework:• Research projects• Multi-actor projects• Pilot project clusters• Innovation brokers• On-farm experimentsETPs, ERA-Nets, JPIs,etc.Horizon 2020ProgrammeCommitteeRural DevelopmentPolicy:• Knowledge transfer• Cooperation• Pilot projects• Demonstration• Advisory services• InvestmentMemberStatesProgrammesOperationalGroupsOperationalGroupsOperationalGroupsOperationalGroupsOperationalGroupsFarmers . Advisers . Enterprises . Scientists. NGOs

Interaction is key for an Agriculture of KnowledgeThank you for your attention!

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