Organic research and innovation priorities

TP Organics unveils the organic movement’s research & innovation priorities at the Organic Innovation Days

TP Organics launched its new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda at the Organic Innovation Days in Brussels on 4th December 2019. The Agenda document will serve as a basis to advise the European Commission on Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research & innovation framework programme to succeed Horizon 2020.

According to Eduardo Cuoco, Head of TP Organics’ Secretariat “The new Strategic Research Agenda is a key document until 2027 to ensure that organic research & innovation move forward under Horizon Europe, leading the necessary transition to sustainable food and farming in Europe.”

A team of leading experts, including Nic Lampkin and Susanne Padel, developed TP Organics’ new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda. They considered the latest, evidence-based scientific findings and the input from the participants to workshops and the online consultation held in 2018-2019. The Agenda sets forth four priorities that research & innovation in the EU needs to focus to support the transition of Europe’s food and farming systems to sustainable food systems that are efficient, consistent and sufficient:

  • Moving organics forward: Priorities for the organic sector
  • Climate-resilient, diversified farming systems based on ecological approaches
  • Redesign of food and agricultural policies
  • Sustainable value chains for better food systems

It also spots 29 potential topics to be addressed.

TP Organics is convinced that dedicating appropriate funding to these priority areas will help steer Europe’s food and farming systems towards sustainability, climate resilience and thriving societies. “Research & innovation are crucial to further develop organics and agroecology so that they can inspire and lead wider food systems. To enable the organic sector to support the transformation of food and farming, research & innovation investment needs to step up significantly in Horizon Europe,“ Yulia Barabanova, Senior Research & Innovation Officer of TP Organics pointed out.

Download the summary of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

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