The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) is a new European approach to innovation, which has been launched in 2012. It contributes to ‘Europe 2020’ strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The approach of EIP-AGRI is based on an “interactive innovation model”, which means that it builds bridges between research and practice by bringing together innovation actors such as farmers, advisors, researchers, businesses, NGOs, and etc. It is believed that while working together in multi-actor projects, better solutions are found for specific issues and concrete opportunities are developed. This kind of innovative approach delivers better and faster results compared to other existing approaches.
EIP-AGRI seeks for new ideas that can be turned into innovation and can be widely adopted successfully. The partnership supports any kind of innovation whether it is technological, non-technological, organizational or social, based on new or traditional practices. A new idea can be a new product, practice, service, production process or a new way of organizing things.
The activities of EIP-AGRI in Hungary over the last years included a series of workshops in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics and Chamber of Agriculture. The series of workshops about “Needs of agriculture in the field of research and innovation” has been carried out in May and June in the cities of Pápa, Kecskemét and Debrecen. Pál Goda, PhD and Máté Kis from Discovery R&D Center also attended the workshops as moderator and secretary. Workshops focused on 13 main topics in order to identify problems and solutions in agricultural mechanisms. In the frame of the workshops, farmers and researchers were working and discussing together on several agricultural issues. Among them were the topics of sustainable intensification and extensification, organic farming, non-renewable resources, supply chains, agriculture and forestry biomass, social integration and issues of food security.
For further information about Projects, Workshops and Events, feel free to see and register for the EIP-AGRI website: http://eip.fm.gov.hu/