Over the last years it has become increasingly evident that a new approach to agricultural innovation is needed if the European farm sector is to meet the challenge of producing under new constraints of resource availability and in line with multiple environmental requirements. Likewise, innovation is key to boosting the competitiveness of European agriculture which is crucial if we are to unlock the full economic and social potential of our rural areas.
The European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP) will provide a new approach by creating working interface between agriculture, bio-economy, science, advisors, environmental groups, consumers, and other stakeholders at EU, national and regional level. It will help to bring innovative research results faster from science to practice, to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience, and to ensure a systematic feedback about needs from practice to the scientific community.
True to the spirit of the new EIP, the aim of this conference was to tap into the collective knowledge of the stakeholder and research communities. It provided a forum for a genuine brainstorming on the challenges and opportunities to be addressed by the EIP with a particular focus on the functioning and funding of Operational Groups. The outcome of the conference will feed into the work of the Steering Board for the EIP.
The conference brought inter alia together: