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Euroagri foodchain

To strengthen the competitiveness of the european agri-food sector through facilitating the development of new innovative products and processes as well as supporting technologies.

The importance of the agri-food sector for the European economy (consumers) is considerable. The European agri-food industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Europe. The European agri-food industry is a leading global exporter (52* billion euros in 2006) and stimulates the development of regional economies and exploitation of Europe’s rich cultural diversity and traditions in the member states. Important driving forces behind developments in the agri-food sector are the consumer’s preferences, globalisation and market requests, expanding European legislation regarding product quality, labelling and traceability, environment and rural development, regional planning and free trade, environmental issues like climate change, loss of biodiversity, environmental pollution and competition between food and energy applications, and emergence of new technologies. In order to address these issues, a plan is proposed to build a EUROAGRI FOODCHAIN Umbrella that will facilitate parties (companies and knowledge institutes) within the agro food sector to access knowledge, find partners, and build successful projects that lead to innovative production. The vision is: - A healthy and competitive European agri-food industry that is well equipped to offer consumers products that meet their needs (in terms of safety, quality, health, convenience) and thus enables society to add “life to years” and add “quality to life”. - A healthy European agri-food production chain that has access to the knowledge and technology to valorise agro products to the optimum (towards food, pharma, chemicals and fuel applications) thus combining good competitiveness and acceptable impact on the environment. - A well functioning EUROAGRI FOODCHAIN Umbrella that assists companies and knowledge institutes in finding the right partners, in building successful projects and in finding funding for these projects in case parties are not able to fully fund the projects themselves. - A EUREKA network that is recognised and highly appreciated in the agri-food sector because of its added value in the realisation of new innovative processes, products and services. The proposed EUREKA Umbrella EUROAGRI FOODCHAIN is a continuation of two former EUREKA Umbrellas: EUROAGRI and EUROAGRI +. The EUREKA Umbrella EUROAGRI has been active since 1992. It focused primarily on the agricultural sector. The project was very successful and became one of the leading EUREKA umbrellas in terms of projects generated (> 90 projects). The successor of EUROAGRI, EUROAGRI+ came into action in 2004. It covered food and feed production sectors that became increasingly interdependent with agriculture, while the technological scope of the Umbrella was extended more to food technology, biotechnology and the evolving ‘omics’, conservation technology and consumer relevant tracking and tracing methods. Again, this Umbrella was also very successful.
Acronym: 
EUROAGRI FOODCHAIN
Project ID: 
4 914
Start date: 
01-03-2009
Project Duration: 
52months
Project costs: 
0.00€
Technological Area: 
AGROFOOD TECHNOLOGY
Market Area: 
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.