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Press release on the conference on F&V research priorities, January 2018

CONFERENCE ON F&V RESEARCH PRIORITIES, JANUARY 2018

Task Force on Fruit and Vegetable research applauds the multi-actor approach, but laments its under-representation Task Force on Fruit and Vegetable research applauds the multi-actor approach, but laments its under-representation

 

photo conférence recherche fruit légumes Panegos et BinardOn 23 January 2018, Freshfel Europe (the European Fresh Produce Association) and A.R.E.F.L.H. (the European Assembly of fruit, vegetable and horticulture regions) organised in coordination with the two European university and research centre networks for fruit and vegetable related research, EUFRIN and EUVRIN, a conference on the research priorities for the fruit and vegetable sector for the current Horizon 2020 funding programme and its successor, Framework Programme 9 (FP9).

During the conference in Brussels, the four organisations joined forces to organize for the second time a pan-European multi-stakeholder meeting to review the state of play of research and innovation for the fruit and vegetables sector. In 2014, the first conference served as the launch for a fruit and vegetables R&I Task Force, a first step towards the release of a Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA). This second event gathered close to 100 experts and aimed at further reinforcing the successful cooperation between the four organisations and offering a unique platform for discussion between business representatives, researchers, and representatives of the European institutions. The meeting reviewed the current state of play and lessons learnt from the sector’s involvement in the Horizon 2020 funding programme, and the way forward towards the future funding programme FP9.

From the discussion, both fruit and vegetable business representatives and researchers endorsed the multi- actor approach that is demanded in many Horizon 2020 calls. Involving different types of actors in a consortium not only ensures a more practical focus on the real problems on the ground, but also allows for a fruit and vegetable supply chain perspective. However, the trend towards broad, multi-product projects cannot highlight the sector’s specific problems: diversified products, perishability, different areas of production with specific challenges such as drought, and the sector’s added value in relation to health and sustainability. The sector laments that fruit and vegetables remain under-represented within Horizon 2020, and that this is not reflecting the size of the sector in the economy and its societal and health benefits.

After the conference, the Task Force renewed its intention to continue working for better representation of the sector in successful EU funding programmes. In the last four years, the sector has managed to showcase the existence of a well-functioning network and to increase its visibility. The next step for the Task Force is to remind policy makers of the main relevant messages for the sector, which the Task Force will accomplish via a joint statement and a renewal of the SIRA in light of future discussion regarding FP9.

The main mission of AREFLH (Assembly of European Regions producing fruit, vegetables and ornamental plants) is:

  • To represent its 19 member regions and 22 AOPs, from 7 countries in Europe;
  • To defend the economic and social interests of the fruit, vegetable and horticultural sectors to the European authorities;
  • To foster exchanges of experience, partnerships and joint projects between regions and professional organisations;
  • To actively seek new solutions for the main issues which affect the future of the fruit and vegetables production in Europe.

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European conference on F&V research

As the European Commission is now establishing the work programme 2018-2020, the Task Force organised a new gathering of key stakeholders of the fruit and vegetables sector and its associated research partners, in Brussels on 23 January 2018. The press release and all the presentations (below) are available.

Research and innovation

JANUARY 2018 : EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON THE PRIORITIES OF RESEARCH IN THE F&V SECTOR

 

 

The event was co-organised by AREFLH, FRESHFEL, EUVRIN and EUFRIM in Brussels on 23rd January

Know more about the event and have a look at the presentations.

 

WORK PROGRAMME 2018-2020

 

The official Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 was released on Friday 27 October. The new EIP-AGRI brochure highlights all the new calls which are related to agriculture and forestry.

Download the brochure

 

2016 STRATEGIC AGENDA

Couverture

Since 2014, AREFLH, EUFRIN, EUVRIN, and FRESHFEL EUROPE have closely collaborated as a Task Force to identify priorities and to voice the interest of the fruit and vegetables sector in the Horizon 2020 initiative, the European Union Research and Innovation Policy.

The Task Force released a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, which identifies the priorities of the entire sector, for the annual work programme of the European Commission. Members of the Task Force are now also engaged in several research and innovation projects, in particular under the “Societal Challenges focused on Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry”.

 
 
 

KICK-OFF MEETING OF EUVRIN, THE EUROPEAN VEGETABLE RESEARCH INSTITUTE NETWORK

 

 

February 2016

Mrs. Inge Van Oost from the DG Agri took part in this meeting, she presented the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability- Demand driven innovation under H2020 : Multi-actor topics and Thematic networks”.   

 

MEETING OF THE RESEARCH CENTRES FOR THE PEAR 

 

November 2015

Presentation of the centres :

  

EUROPEAN DAY OF THE RESEARCH AND THE INNOVATION OF THE FRUITS & VEGETABLES

 

January 2014

The presentations of the event of 22nd January 2014 are below

This meeting established a dialogue with the European Commission on the new research and innovation policy in the area of agriculture. It will also gathered the latest insights from the fruit & vegetable research from different innovation and research centres in Europe.

Opening by Mr. Pelegri i Aixut, President of AREFLH and Agriculture minister of Catalonia : English, Spanish

Presentations of the situations of some of Europe’s research centres in the frame of their regional research policies : the priorities, the means, the financing.

 

Guide on the European Research and Innovation Programmes for Fruit & Vegetable

Read the guidecouverture guide

 
 
Why did AREFLH create this guide?
We are at the beginning of a new research and innovation framework programme for the period 2014-2020.
A new policy and new priorities for Europe:
  • Promote food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry research and the bioeconomy
  • Boost Europe’s knowledge-driven economy and tackle issues that will make a difference in people issues
The Europe 2020 strategy aims a smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.In order take up the challenges of consumption, competitiveness and the environment, the co-operation between all the actors of the sector at regional, national and European levels, is more than essential.The European programmes encourage this co-operation for more synergies, more effectiveness. They are an important component for the financing of the research and innovation centres.The purpose of this guide is to give the necessary information to choose programmes, to find the projects that will suit your organization and that will be carried by the researchers groups, not only at the request of the production but also of the whole sector to the consumers .A directory of the centres of research and innovation of the members regions of AREFLH is going to be soon available. It will facilitate the access of the centres to the European networks as Eufrin, Medex…Please bear in mind that this guide is not exhaustive, other programmes exist.This document will be regularly updated (with new programmes added) and you will always find its latest version on our website in the Research and Innovation section
 
 

DIRECTORY OF THE FRUIT & VEGETABLE RESEARCH CENTRES FROM THE MEMBER REGIONS OF THE AREFLH 

 

2014

THE AREFLH plays an important role for the fruit and vegetables sector and the horticulture in Europe. Our assembly is indeed the interlocutor of the Head office of the Agriculture of the European Union.
During the meeting of October 20th, 2010 in Brussels, we undertook, with the cooperation of networks EUFRIN and MEDEX, to set up a platform of research and innovation, which collects the priorities of the network from the producer up to the consumer.

The success of this ambitious project passes by the synergy of the devices of basic and applied research. It is with this aim that we publish this directory of the centres of experimentation of the regions members in the AREFLH.

This document already gathers a majority of centres, and we deeply wish that the others can join us to strengthen the dynamics of innovation of this sector.

The 30 research centres are the following ones :

  • Belgium : Pc Fruit
  • France: Acpel, Aprel, Arelpal,Bretagne Plant, Cate, Cefel, Cehm, Centrex, Ch Agri Côte D'or, Ch Agri Morbihan, Interbio, Invenio, La Moriniere, La Pugere, La Tapy, Planete Legumes, Secl, Sehbs, Serfel, Sileban
  • Italy: Alsia, Iasma, Creso, Crpv
  • Spain: Cita, Ifapa Churriana, Irta, Itga, Ivia

See the directory 

EUVRIN (en)

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FRESHFEL and AREFLH created in 2014 a European taskforce for research and innovation. This group of experts presented in 2015 a strategic agenda to the European Commission that focused on the priorities of research for the fruit and vegetable sector in the framework of Horizon 2020.

This task force found it important to create a European network similar to EUFRIN (the platform that gathers more than 40 fruit research centres) but for the vegetable research and transfer centres (EUVRIN).

 

What is EUVRIN?

EUVRIN is an informal, voluntary organization of research institutes or research institutes departments that specialize in research, development, and extension on vegetable production and which are based within countries of the European Union.

It was set up and held its first meeting in Brussels on February 1 2016, attended by representatives of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. The current number of research institutes stands to 50 (Membership of and Participants in EUVRIN).

 

The Board

The Board of EUVRIN consists of up to two voluntary representatives from each member country and in addition, the chairpersons of each of its Working Groups.

EUVRIN is open to requests for membership of any country of the European Union, and those eligible for participation in COST actions.

The EUVRIN Board meets annually in one of the participating countries. These meetings aimed :

  • to review the status of activities of the Working Groups;
  • to discuss and establish new Working Groups;
  • to enhance joint research projects, organize relevant workshops, etc.;
  • to inform on EU funding programs;
  • to define a topic to be delivered the following year;

The members of the Board have a commitment to disseminate the goals and ideas generated within EUVRIN to other researchers and interested parties in their respective countries, via articles in specialized press, communication via national Scientific Societies, at meetings and conferences, etc.

The Board elects, on a three-year rotation a Chairperson, a Secretary, and an Organizing Support Member. These three act as the coordinating nucleus of the Board.

 

The objectives

  • To establish and improve cooperation between vegetable R&D institutes and teams within Europe.
  • To promote the exchange of information on vegetable research, development, in particular via annual or biennial meetings of its Board and Specific Working Groups. Organization of International Workshops/Conferences.
  • To enhance and facilitate coordinated research, development and technology transfer, focused on aiding sustainable vegetable production. Enhance joint bids for funding of R&D in International, European programs (e.g. Interreg, Cost actions; Horizon 2020, etc.).
  • Conduct surveys on the changing priorities in Vegetable R&D within the participant countries. Establish and update a research agenda and communicate it to national and international, European Authorities.

 

2016 STRATEGIC AGENDA

Front cover of the 2016 strategic agenda (sira)

Since 2014, AREFLH, EUFRIN, EUVRIN, and FRESHFEL EUROPE have closely collaborated as a Task Force to identify priorities and to voice the interest of the fruit and vegetables sector in the Horizon 2020 initiative, the European Union Research and Innovation Policy.

The Task Force released a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, which identifies the priorities of the entire sector, for the annual work programme of the European Commission. Members of the Task Force are now also engaged in several research and innovation projects, in particular under the “Societal Challenges focused on Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry”.

Read the Stategic Agenda

 

 

 

 

 

 Have a look at EUVRIN's the powerpoint presentation 

More information on www.euvrin.eu

 

 

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