E.U. group to address agricultural productivity, sustainability

by World Grain Staff
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The European Commission said on Feb. 21 that it is bringing together experts to advise a new partnership in agriculture research and innovation.
The European Innovation Partnership (EIP), "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability," was set up to help meet the challenges of food security, sustainable resource management and environment preservation. The EIP aims to ensure faster transfer of innovative research results from science into practice, encourages the sharing of knowledge and experience, and will help provide more systematic feedback to the scientific community about what research is needed.
The high-level steering board is co-chaired by Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian CioloĊŸ and Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
The board brings together 42 members, including member state representatives at ministerial level, farm and forestry organizations, environmental and consumer organizations, advisory services, agri-business, and scientists.
This first meeting is aiming to get the EIP underway by establishing a strategic implementation plan and providing orientation on its main areas of work.


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