At Puutsa farm in Estonia, organic cattle farmer Airi Külvet is turning challenges into solutions, applying sustainable agricultural practices to benefit her farm business and her animals, and to make an active, positive impact on the environment and climate. Airi applies a rotational grazing system on his farm, based on the Savory method and complemented with information from other European experts in regenerative agriculture.
The EU-funded ROBS4CROPS project is working to accelerate the large-scale implementation of robotics and automation in European farming. Its main goals are to increase productivity, improve efficiency and promote environmental sustainability. The ROBS4CROPS solution consists of a robotic platform that can assist farmers with different tasks and can also be tailored to different settings.
With the support of the Commission, EU associations, companies, organisations, trade unions, universities, training providers and national federations set up a new partnership for skills in the digital ecosystem. This new partnership will enable the upskilling and reskilling of workers and attract more people to the digital industry. The partnership will help people and businesses acquire necessary digital skills, which will contribute to the objectives of the digital and green transitions of Europe's economy.
The current landscape in the field of alimentation is marked by a growing demand for food due to the increasing world population, by a limited availability of natural resources, and by a high degree of food loss and waste. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme FOODENGINE, the project focused on transforming fruit-, vegetable- and legume-based (FVL) raw materials into high-quality healthy food products or food ingredients using an enginomics approach.
An Operational Group in Bulgaria is developing a national web-based platform to pool resources and knowledge and create a place for different stakeholders from the sheep breeding sector to exchange experiences. This ranges from individual testimonies from farmers on overcoming challenges, to scientific research on sheep breeds to funding opportunities and legislation information.
There are new challenges and opportunities for agriculture today, driven by climate change, the greening of products and processes, the reuse of side-stream products, the raised complexity of the chains and the increased availability of information. To successfully address and react to these drivers, agriculture and forestry need new business models and skills. The FIELDS approach, starting from the current and future trends and skills needed, will lead to a sustainable European strategy to address these skill gaps.
Legumes are rich in protein, contributing to the entry of nitrogen in the cropping systems, they also offer a nutritious plant-based alternative to meat – a market that is growing exponentially, with many within it seeking new ways to harness the potential of plant-based protein production. EUCLEG, an EU-funded project, is helping Europe and China increase their level of protein autonomy.
There is a strong need to transition to a carbon-neutral economy in Europe to reduce pollution, address the increasing resources constraint and support economic growth. The aim of the EU-funded SYSTEMIC project was to select the most promising technologies and demonstrate how they can be implemented for the valorisation of biowaste into green energy and products at large scale.
Addressing the challenges of plant identification was the aim of the EU-funded Plant.ID project, with the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. Plant.ID a collaborative network within Europe, brought together academic and non-academic partners to develop novel and scalable methods for DNA-based identification of plants.
The Commission is gathering data on both ongoing and completed food waste prevention initiatives carried out by private sector organisations (food business operators, NGOs, research and academia etc.), in particular on the results, costs, social and environmental benefits of these initiatives. This data will inform a modelling exercise developed in the context of the Impact Assessment to set food waste reduction targets.
Living Labs are a participatory tool increasingly applied in Europe for the involvement of users in technology development. DESIRA Living Labs are 20 networks of stakeholders established across Europe and selected to represent a variety of agricultural, rural and forestry domains. They are constituted around a focal question (e.g. How to reduce the risk of forest fires?) and will co-develop ideas, scenarios, digital storytelling outputs, and socio-technical solutions related to digitalisation. Interaction in the networks will be based on both face-to-face and online activities.
Network of leading European research organizations working in the field of food, nutrition and health. It provides a proactive forum to discuss the implementation of best practices and social impact, and facilitates the international aspects of knowledge exchange and innovation, both inside and outside the European Union. NavarrE´S participation: CNTA.