on 19 Jun 2018 12:00 AM
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On 14-15 June 2018, Agroknow representing AGINFRA PLUS project, participated at the 2nd FOOD 2030 high-level event, a Flagship Conference dedicated to Research and Innovation (R&I) as a driver of sustainable food systems transformation that the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU organised. Such a transformation requires a new way of doing science, research and innovation that puts the food system at the centre. This is a means to ensure food and nutrition security in a changing world and the combined pressures of climate change, resource scarcity, biodiversity decline, malnutrition, shifting demographics and migration. The systemic approach, as called for by FOOD 2030, requires linking land and sea; connecting producers to consumers – and back, in order to achieve four overarching priorities: nutrition for healthy and sustainable diets, climate and environmental sustainability, circularity and resource efficiency, innovation and empowering communities.

During this event the European Commission presented an update of the FOOD 2030 process and vision towards shaping tomorrow’s food and nutrition systems. The event aimed at answering how the drivers of sustainability, resilience, responsibility, diversity, competitiveness and inclusiveness, can deliver on the FOOD 2030 priorities and Sustainable Development Goals. It also provided a platform for dialogue, feedback and recommendations towards:

  • Understanding the complexity of food systems and the implications for R&I
  • Building R&I ecosystems and place-based solutions to support food systems transformation
  • Strengthening R&I alignment and investments through better governance
  • Boosting future investments in R&I in Europe, leveraging private investments and increasing synergies with public funding
  • Identifying how, who and what R&I is needed to transform our food systems

The conference program featured plenaries with keynote speakers, parallel breakout sessions with interactive panel debates, a cultural performance and an exhibition space showcasing innovative research initiatives, networks, start-ups and sustainable food technologies. Additional side events took place on the day before the conference.

You can visit the website of the event here

ABOUT THE PROJECT

OUR COMMUNITIES

The selected AGINFRA+ Use Cases will illustrate the benefits of applying the Science as a Service approach to pressing research questions from the corresponding research communities.

AGROCLIMATIC AND ECONOMIC MODELLING

This community focuses on use cases aim to support the workflow of researchers, intermediaries and business analysts working on crop modelling, crop phenology estimation and yield forecasting, as well as related activities in the area of policy and decision support in food security, farm management advice and related activities.

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FOOD SAFETY RISK ASSEMENT

This community focuses on use cases to support scientists in the multidisciplinary field of risk assessment and emerging risk identification as there is currently a strong need to create new technology-supported solutions that facilitate the knowledge integration processes relevant for these tasks.

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FOOD SECUTIRY

This community focuses on use cases related to the high-throughput phenotyping large amount of data which need to be analyzed immediately for decision making. This aims to support phenomics researchers to select plant species and varieties which are the most adapted to specific environments and to global changes.

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