This year 2022 the fourth Navarre edition of Europa+Cerca takes place. The programme, promoted in Navarre by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) represented by the University of Navarra and AIN, in collaboration with the Directorate General for Foreign Action and the Delegation of the Government of Navarra in Brussels, consists of face-to-face training and the organization of a trip to Brussels. The previous training will be on September 6th, and the trip to Brussels will be from September 13th to 15th, 2022. In this link you can access the registration form, which must be filled out beforeJune 30th.
Fruit growers are faced with many challenges, they need to maintain a competitive yield while respecting EU regulations limiting the use of plant protection products (PPPs) and their impact on the environment. A Spanish Operational Group, operating under the project FruitCare, is developing a list of alternative strategies for stone fruit, berries and table grapes which can be applied instead of PPPs.
In France, Idele (Institut d’Elevage) has developed a data-based online application called CAP’2ER®. Thirty sets of activity data are entered into the programme to determine agro-ecological indicators. From the analysis, the farmer receives an overview report and recommendations taking into account water and air quality, biodiversity, greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration capacity and the amount of nutrients produced for human consumption. The report visualises these aspects within easily understandable graphics and numbers.
The threat to agriculture from invasive species is huge. The United Nations (UN) estimates that plant disease costs the world’s economy over €200 billion per year, with 20-40% of crop production lost to pests. Nevertheless, spraying crops with synthetic compounds has adverse impacts on people, farm animals, wildlife, pollinators like bees and other living things that play an essential role in the ecosystem. As a response to this blight, CBE JU is funding the multinational BIOBESTicide project, which aims to find a biological solution to GTD.
As Russia's ongoing aggression in Ukraine is putting global food supply at risk and European consumers are already experiencing a rise of food prices, many believe that Europe's food system could be made more resilient against crisis by investing on sustainable local quality production and shortening supply chains. The European Committee of the Regions is currently preparing an opinion on Safeguarding food security and reinforcing the resilience of the EU food system.
The European Commission has approved an up to €10 billion Spanish scheme (“National Guarantee Scheme”) to support self-employed and companies across sectors in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022.
The Teagasc Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) Online tool was created in 2016. It is a digital platform available to agri-professionals who work with farmers to optimise soil fertility. Combining the advisor’s expert knowledge with data from the online platform, this tool allows to create detailed and individualised nutrient management plans to optimise fertilisation and bring soils up to optimum fertility.
A new high-protein microalgae strain developed by researchers has now been scaled up by Portuguese microalgae producer Allmicroalgae Natural Products as part of the EU-funded ProFuture project. The new Chlorella strain could be used to make vegan food products that not only are more nutritional but also taste better.
The European Commission proposed on May 20th, an exceptional measure funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to allow Member States to pay a one-off lump sum to farmers and agri-food businesses affected by significant increases in input costs. The exceptional proposal follows the €500 million support package for EU farmers.
Conventional domestic wastewater treatment is based on an obsolete ‘end of pipe’ concept. Different streams of wastewater are mixed and transported through several kilometres of sewerage to a centralised wastewater treatment plant.
Does a bee’s gut influence its sociability? Can a plant deter pests and attract pollinators at the same time? And with bee populations under threat, can artificial intelligence keep colonies safe? The EU estimates pollinators such as honeybees contribute at least EUR 22 billion each year to the European agricultural industry. They are so important that the United Nations has designated the 20th of May as World Bee Day, so this episode of CORDIScovery looks at bees!