EIP-AGRI

Supporting innovation, competitiveness and sustainability in agriculture and forestry.

About EIP-AGRI in Ireland

What is EIP-AGRI?

The European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) is an exciting and novel approach to research and innovation. EIP-AGRI is one of five European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) launched to boost the EU’s capacity to innovate.  EIP-AGRI focuses on agriculture and forestry. Other EIPs target issues related for example to healthy ageing and smart cities.

EIPs are challenge-driven and focus on societal benefits and modernisation. EIPs support cooperation between research and innovation partners in order to achieve better and faster results compared to existing approaches.

The overall aim of EIP-AGRI relates to the pooling of expertise and resources by bringing together public and private sectors at EU, national and regional levels. EIP-AGRI works to:

  • Combine supply and demand side measures
  • Focus on forming partnerships, using bottom-up approaches
  • Link actors in different types of interactive innovation projects such as Operational Groups (OGs) under Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).

The National Rural Network (NRN) works closely with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to support and build networks between Ireland’s OGs, as well as research and disseminate information on Ireland’s EIP-AGRI projects.

Operational Groups (OGs)

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups are funded under the RDP and are project based.  OGs bring together multiple actors such as:

  • Farmers
  • Researchers
  • Farm advisers
  • Environmental groups
  • Other NGOs.

OGs work on projects to advance innovation in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

Read also our EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019 Booklet.

The NRN has developed an Interactive Storyboard Database and infographic of Ireland’s EIP-AGRI OGs.

Click on the image below to visit database – or click here to view infographic.

EIP-AGRI OG 23 Projects Infographic - Smaller File

Focus Groups

EIP-AGRI Focus Groups bring together expertise from researchers, advisors, farmers, and industry. Focus groups are:

  • Designed to facilitate knowledge transfer between members
  • Work to collect and assimilate knowledge on good practices in a specific area and list opportunities and solutions
  • Set up at an international level bringing together 20 experts from the agriculture sector
  • Temporary groups of selected experts focusing on a specific subject, sharing knowledge and experience.

Focus groups are convened over a 1 to 2 year period and each group must meet at least twice a year. At the end of the period a report is completed. Results and findings of the focus group are published on the EIP-AGRI website.

A number of focus groups have Irish representation. Find more detail on these in the ‘Focus Group’ section below.

Operational Group Storyboard

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Focus Groups

EIP-AGRI Focus Groups are temporary groups of selected experts focusing on a specific subject, sharing knowledge and experience.  These groups bring together expertise from research, advisors, farmers, and industry. Focus Groups are set up at international level bringing together 20 experts from the agriculture sector.

 

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The groups are designed to facilitate knowledge transfer between members, to collect and assimilate knowledge on best practices in a specific area and list opportunities and solutions. Each Focus Group must meet at least twice a year. The Focus Group is convened over a 1-2 year period.  At the end of the period a report is completed and the results and findings of the Focus Group are published on the EIP-AGRI website.

The following Focus Groups have Irish representation:

  1. Agro-forestry: woody vegetation
  2. Animal Husbandry
  3. Nutrient Recycling
  4. Dairy Production Systems
  5. New Entrants into Farming
  6. Mainstreaming Precision Farming
  7. Protein Crops
  8. Livestock Emissions
  9. High Nature Value (HPV) Farming Profitability
  10. Short Food Supply Chains
  11. Permanent Grassland

Read more here: www.eip-agri.ie

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