Newsletter 26, October 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Horizon 2020: Calls for 2016-2017 now online

560 million Euros to boost farm productivity and sustainability and rural growth

How to renew our farming and food systems to feed 9 billion people with nutritious food? How to develop the competitiveness, resource-efficiency and resilience of our farms in a changing climate? How to boost the sustainable growth potential of rural areas? These are some of the core questions which projects financed by the newly published Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 will have to answer. With an unprecedented budget of 560 million Euros for agriculture, forestry and rural research and innovation, Europe intends to boost investment in food systems and rural development.

More information on H2020 calls 2016

EIP-AGRI Brochure
Horizon 2020 – Calls 2016

The new EIP-AGRI brochure on “Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 – calls 2016” aims to guide you through the topics and opportunities for 2016 that may interest members of the EIP-AGRI network.

InfoWeek on
Societal Challenge 2 - calls 2016

24 to 27 November 2015

Includes a special
workshop on multi-actor projects

Registration opens Monday 19 October at midday (Brussels time)

Inspirational ideas

Winter harvest: supporting the development of organic winter growing

In Austria, very few organic vegetables are available during the winter- the climate does not allow for a successful domestic organic production. As a result, consumers wanting organic produce have to accept buying imported fruit and vegetables. Elfriede Stopper from BIO AUSTRIA, Austria’s organic farmers’ association, and other partners felt it was time to address this issue. They set up a farm-led project involving farmers and researchers to develop ways to produce winter vegetables using non-heated systems. Read more about this project.  
This example is taken from the “Organic cooperative approaches to rural development – A manual for stakeholders” published by IFOAM EU Group.


New technology to combine grazing and milking

On 15-19 June, the European Grassland Federation held its symposium entitled "Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems" in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Researchers, companies, advisers and farmers all attended the workshop. The aim was to share methods and tools which can enable farmers to apply automated milking technology whilst keeping the cows out in the field. Read more about the event here, and an example of a project looking into ‘sports apps’ for cows.

Focus Group calls- selected experts now out

The experts for the following three new Focus Groups have been selected, and you can find their names on the Focus Group pages: Many thanks to everyone who applied; there were many good applications, and only 20 experts per group could be selected. In the next couple of months, the experts will hold their first meetings. For more information on the EIP-AGRI Focus Groups, please see the Focus Group pages on the EIP-AGRI website and the Focus Group brochure.

Suppressing soil-borne diseases: “If you dig a little you can learn a lot”

“Soil-borne diseases are a big threat. Implementing soil health methods like crop rotation, cover crops and compost can help prevent soil-borne diseases. If you dig a little, you can learn a lot!” Alfred Grand is an organic farmer from Austria. He is a member of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group which has recommended a number of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for the suppression of soil-borne diseases. An overall strategy for good soil health is an essential starting point. Find out more in the Focus Group report.


New ways to motivate successful cooperation in the field of genetic resources

There are a number of bottlenecks that limit cooperation between European farmers, breeders and researchers in the field of conservation and use of genetic resources in agriculture. The EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Genetic Resources has been looking into new and existing ways to motivate different groups of people to engage in joint actions. It has also made suggestions on the development of varieties and breeds that are particularly adapted to specific social, economic and ecological conditions. Read and download the final report.

Webportal for SMEs on EU funding

Support for entrepreneurs and businesses is available through a wide range of EU programmes via local financial institutions; companies of any sector can benefit from this support. You can now access information on this financial support on a new single webportal:

Read EIP-AGRI brochures in Greek, Italian, Finnish ...

Did you know that the Rural Network Support Unit of Finland has translated the brochure on EIP-AGRI Focus Groups into Finnish? Or that a number of other EIP-AGRI publications have been translated into Italian, Greek, Swedish … ? The EIP-AGRI multiplier toolkit includes an overview of all documents which are available in different languages. The toolkit also explains how to customise the EIP-AGRI logo for your language and it gives ready-to-use articles and a presentation on EIP-AGRI. More information.

Rethinking the links between farm modernisation and sustainable rural development

Many farmers are very actively exploring alternatives in farm management, production systems, markets and supply chains. The research project RETHINK has been examining the interactions between farm modernisation and rural development, particularly with regards to the current context of increasing demands and limited resources. RETHINK will hold an interactive conference on 2 December 2015 in Brussels where participants will exchange on this topic. If you are interested to take part, please go to their website. Find out more about the project.

Upcoming EIP-AGRI events

As part of the drive towards sustainable growth and jobs, the European Commission will present a circular economy strategy in late 2015. The EIP-AGRI workshop on circular economy which will be held in Finland 28-29 October 2015 will explore the implications for agriculture and forestry. The EIP-AGRI will also hold a seminar on knowledge systems and interactive innovation in Ireland on 3-4 December 2015. It will create opportunities for dialogue between farmers, researchers and advisers. The focus is on innovative approaches to improve economic productivity and sustainability that can help improve farming and forestry in European countries.
Please note that participation at these events is upon invitation only. Results will become available through the EIP-AGRI website.

What else is happening in the world of agricultural innovation?

Over the next few months, a number of interesting events will be organised all over Europe on a variety of agricultural topics including bioeconomy, sustainable rural development and food & the future.

You can check the EU calendar here.

Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know:

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