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The interactive European network for industrial crops and their applications in the changing millennium

Markets for non-food crop products are emerging, but development is hampered by uncoordinated efforts, lack of sector structure and produce specifications. End users are often unaware of the benefits and opportunities for non-food products. There has been much 'science push' but market orientation is now the key to success in this sector. This project will target markets and specifications for primary produce, and ensure focused networking and information transfer to the whole industry. The project will assess the potential for non-food crops in the European Union accessing/associated states; extend a database of products from plants; verify market size/specification for non-food crop products; increase existing non-food contacts; measure uptake of non-food crops and disseminate information at meetings and on the website.

To facilitate interaction and interchange of information through an interactive network linking key individuals from industry to government and scinetists/technologists in the EU member, accessing and associated states. Quantification of market sizeand confirmation of market specification for raw materials are particular targets. This will extend the successes of the previous IENICA project into accessing and associated states, while extending and validating progress in EU-15 states.
To disseminate unpublished data which identified opportunities, challenges and contsraints for industrial crops in a country by country basis in EU-15, so that market development can begin in a structured way and in a way which recognises user needsand market demands. The IENICA project will act as the European Gateway for all data on non-food crops and this will be made available free of charge through its website.
To identify the strengths of accessing and associate states in the EU in terms of industrial crops, industrial products and their markets and link this data into existing networks and market assessments. These will be actively disseminated throughout the EU, and at the same time existing EU-15 information will be further proactively promulgated.
To allow an enhanced efficiency of use of limited RTD funding by identifying true market potentialand thereby helping scinetists and research funders to focus and achieve maximal value for money in research through closely targeted spending of limited resources.

IENICA saw a great many achievements in its original three years. A report was published by the European Commission in 2000 which was based on 14 individual state reports from the project partners, which identified markets and contraints for non-food crops. The website was established, which made a wide variety of non-food crop information freely available to the public. Three major industry-focused conferences were held: on natural fibres (Denmark), vegetable oils (the Netherlands) and speciality chemicals (France).
IENICA was given a further three years of funding, and was able to prepare national status reports for its new members. These assessed the status of non-food crop developments and markets in associate and accessing EU states.
Newsletters and other publications have been produced, and further conferences have also taken place.


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Project ID QLRT-2000-00111
Organisation Instituto Sperimentale per lo Studio e la Difeas del Suolo
Area 5.2
Start date 01 April 2000
Duration (months) 48
Total cost 930 200 €
Total EC contribution   830 200 €
Status Completed
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