The Agri-Innovation Summit 2017 (AIS 2017) brought together over 500 stakeholders in Oeiras, Portugal to discuss how rural areas can best take advantage of current and emerging innovation opportunities. Participants included farmers, advisers, researchers, NGOs, Managing Authorities, National Rural Networks (NRNs), Local Action Groups (LAGs), rural businesses and start-ups.
The main objectives of the event were to:
- promote cross-fertilisation between multi-actor innovation initiatives;
- raise awareness about innovation and digitisation opportunities for agriculture;
- provide input for EU innovation policies for agriculture and rural areas after 2020.
The event was designed to build on Point 7 on ‘Boosting Knowledge and Innovation’ of the Cork 2.0 Declaration. It is a joint initiative of a Portuguese Consortium, the Portuguese government, ENRD and EIP-AGRI networks.
The ENRD Contact Point took part in the AIS 2017, facilitating workshop discussions on the following topics:
Extending digital opportunities for rural business and communities (for further information, click here)
Strategies and approaches for improving connectivity in rural areas (for further information, click here)
- Introduction to the workshop, Konstantinos Zapris, ENRD CP / Jan Dröge, Broadband Competence Offices Network Support Facility
- ASNET project, Jes Jessen, Sales Lab, Denmark
- B4RN Rural Broadband (video), UK
- Molenwaard Civil Society Broadband, Marieke Kok, KnowWhy, The Netherlands
Promoting innovation in rural areas – now and in the future: how can the current support system be improved and simplified? (for further information, click here)
Smart Villages: Supporting social and digital innovation in rural services (for further information, click here)
The presentations from the workshops facilitated by EIP-AGRI can be found here.
For additional information, visit the website of the event.