Sustainable industrial crops in Europe: new market opportunities and business models which do not replace food production

How can industrial crops contribute to new market opportunities, business models and sustainable farming systems which create value for farmers in the EU, while not replacing food production?


This Focus Group is ongoing.


Tasks:

  • Collect practical and inspiring examples and good practices in growing industrial crops in Europe while not replacing food production.

  • Identify existing value chains of bio-based materials where farmers have the potential to play a substantial role, through long-term agreements or direct participation, while considering different bio-climatic conditions, agro-ecosystems and forms of cooperation along the chain.

  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the identified value chains, notably with regard to the diversification of farmers’ incomes and the environmental performance of the holding and of the whole value chain.

  • Suggest innovative business models to foster integrated links between production/business/applied research.

  • Identify further research needs from practice and possible gaps in technical knowledge.

  • Suggest innovative solutions and provide ideas for EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and other innovative projects.


Focus Group members:

Surname, first name Profession Country
Alexopoulou, Efthymia
Adviser
Greece
Ciasnocha, Mateusz
Farmer
Poland
Pari, Luigi
Researcher
Italy
Herreras Yambanis, Yuri
Industry
Spain
Pogrzeba, Marta
Researcher
Poland
Rabeau, Sophie
Other
France
Šilininkas, Mindaugas
Other
Lithuania
Fernando, Ana Luisa
Researcher
Portugal
Papazoglou, Eleni G.
Researcher
Greece
De Porras, Miguel
Researcher
Belgium
Johnston, Christopher
Researcher
United Kingdom
Tilvikiene, Vita
Researcher
Lithuania
Navarro-Rocha, Juliana
Researcher
Spain
Meijer, Robin
Other
Sweden
Mitsopoulos, Anastasios
Adviser
Greece
Caslin, Barry
Adviser
Ireland
Kruse, Daniel
Industry
Germany
Gabrielova, Hanka
Farmer
Czech Republic
Bagnara, Gian Luca
Farmer
Italy
Facilitation team
Donnelly, Isabella
Coordinating expert
Ireland
Gätje, Emilie
Task manager
Germany
Fernandez Lopez, Susana
Backup
Spain
Kivistik, Agnes Backup Estonia

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