Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
The priority at a glance
Knowledge, skills and innovation are the indispensable foundation of sustainable development. Rural development has a long-standing record of stimulating innovation.
Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation is a cross-cutting priority for the 2014-2020 programming period. Measures regarding knowledge transfer or investments have been programmed by Member States with the aim to foster innovation and they will remain available for the period 2014-2020. The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) is the main new element established to interlink existing policies, foster co-operation among partners and build bridges between researchers and rural businesses.
Areas of Intervention (Focus areas)
- Fostering innovation and the knowledge base in rural areas.
- Strengthening research and innovation links in agriculture and forestry.
- Fostering lifelong learning and vocational training in agriculture and forestry sectors.
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Links to resources from the EU and Member States to support programming and implementation of rural development priorities for 2014-2020.
- Regional Workshop on "Establishing Operational Groups under Rural Development Programmes" (held in Lisbon on 27 February 2014) is the first of the series of workshops to be organised by DG AGRI focusing on practical aspects of establishing Operational Groups under 2014-2020 Rural Development Programmes.
- The report “Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation Systems Towards 2020” [PDF] provides a series of recommendations with the aim to stimulate the implementation of innovation process in EU agriculture during 2014-2020 programming period.
- The Seminar: “Programming Innovation in Rural Development – Linking Innovation and Science”, was organised by DG AGRI and the German Federal Ministry of Food on 25-26 November 2013 in Berlin so as to provide practical experience on how to build up the EIP in Member States and integrate science and research into EIP
- Guidance document for the implementation of the EIP in rural development programmes, (draft July 2013) DG Agriculture and Rural Development
- European Innovation Partnership "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability" (EIP-AGRI)
- Seminar "Programming innovation: How to use the Rural Development Toolkit most effectively for the implementation of the EIP", Madrid 26-27 June 2013
- Proceedings and presentations from the Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Conference 2013, Dublin 12, 13 and 14 June 2013
- Conference "The EIP on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability – Priorities and Delivery Mechanisms", Brussels 19 November 2012
- Conference "Enhancing innovation and the delivery of research in EU agriculture", Brussels 07 March 2012
Examples of EAFRD projects
Stories of successful RDP implementation
- A two-track approach to implement measure 124 in Tuscany, Italy [PDF]
- “Practical Networks” support knowledge development and disseminate business development and other relevant practices, the Netherlands [PDF]
Relevant case studies
Links to relevant ENRD work providing a deeper understanding of how to support knowledge transfer and innovation with effective RDP programming and implementation.
- EU Rural Review 16: Knowledge Transfer and Innovation in Rural Development Policy (May 2013) [PDF] This issue of the EU Rural Review provides a snapshot of the current understanding of innovation in rural development and a glimpse into future challenges and opportunities. It aims to share insight and to help advance the integration of knowledge exchange and innovation into future rural development policy.
- The Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Gateway provides a variety of information on institutions, project examples and initiatives that promotes knowledge transfer and innovation in rural areas.
- The results of ENRD Focus Group that has explored how Knowledge Transfer and Innovation priority can be promoted under the 2014-2020 Rural Develompent Programmes are presented in the following documents:
- Phase I Report [PDF] and Executive summary [PDF] illustrate the findings of the first working phase (July to December 2012). In addition, there are two separate annexes:
- Phase II Reports summarise the findings of the second working phase (February to June 2013):
- Rural Review 2: Creativity and Innovation in EU Rural Development (Dec 2009) [PDF]. This issue of the EU Rural Review showcases some of the different types of innovation and creativity from EU rural areas.