The future of innovation in European agriculture and forestry is based on the improved (digital) exchange of best practices between farmers, researchers and advisors from different sectors and member states.


Check out our Vision Paper and Policy Brief exploring The Future EU-wide Open Source Knowledge Reservoir for Agriculture and Forestry, as well as our Explorer's Guide to Thematic Networks for guidance on achieving high impact.

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EURAKNOS is the sister project of EUREKA

Our mission

Info facilitate
Facilitate

We facilitate and support thematic networks by connecting and extending the current network of thematic networks.

Info collect
Collect

We collect knowledge, materials and tools of the thematic networks.

Info develop
Develop

We develop an EU-wide open source agricultural knowledge innovation database.

Connecting thematic networks accross Europe

  • 17 Partners
  • 200+ Organisations
  • 8 Countries

Our thematic networks

Horizontal

SKIN

2016

Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network

Horizontal

SKIN

2016

SKIN is coordinated by UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FOGGIA

SKIN is an ambitious initiative of 20 partners in 14 countries in the area of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs). It intends to systematise and bring knowledge to practitioners, promote collaboration within a demand-driven innovation logic and provide inputs to policymaking through links to the EIP-AGRI. SKIN will build and animate a community of about 500 stakeholders, with the strategic objective of setting up, at the conclusion of the project, a European association permanently working for the improvement of SFSCs efficiency and for the benefit of stakeholders and growth in the sector. The community will be built and animated around the identification of good practices in short supply chains across Europe. Partners will scout, analyse and classify a significant number of cases in different countries. “Best practices” (at least 100) will be systematised, processed into highly usable formats (including video and page-flows) and made accessible to stakeholders via the web (following the EIP AGRI formats) and through the set-up of regional nodes, to allow a deeper penetration of existing knowledge into practice.

Horizontal

HNV LINK

2016

High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge.

Horizontal

HNV LINK

2016

HNV LINK is coordinated by CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE HAUTES ETUDES AGRONOMIQUES MEDITERRANEENNES

"High nature value (HNV) farmland designates “those areas in Europe where agriculture is a major land use and where that agriculture supports, or is associated with, either a high species and habitat diversity or the presence of species of European conservation concern, or both”. They are an important component of European agriculture, notably in terms of biodiversity, cultural landscape, territorial cohesion, quality products and employment. However, abandonment, degradation, economic and social marginalisation are long-standing challenges for the associated farming systems which are still under considerable pressure.

Crops

FERTINNOWA

2016

Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops

Crops

FERTINNOWA

2016

FERTINNOWA is coordinated by PROEFSTATION VOOR DE GROENTETEELT

In European countries, the cultivation of fertigated crops experience scarcity of water, and the intensity of cultivation poses significant risks to water quality. The main objective of the FERTINNOWA thematic network is to create a meta-knowledge database on innovative technologies and practices for fertigation of horticultural crops. FERTINNOWA will also build a knowledge exchange platform to evaluate existing and novel technologies (innovation potential, synergies, gaps, barriers) for fertigated crops and ensure wide dissemination to all stakeholders involved of the most promising technologies and best practices.
A multi-actor integrated approach will be used through the FERTINNOWA platform which will involve various stakeholders (researchers, growers, policy-makers, industry, environmental groups etc.) at several levels including the socio-economic and regulatory level (national and European) with a special focus on the EU Water Framework Directive and Nitrate Directive.

Livestock

HENNOVATION

2015

Practice-led innovation supported by science and market-driven actors in the laying hen and other livestock sectors

Livestock

HENNOVATION

2015

HENNOVATION is coordinted by UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Using the laying hen sector as a case study, we aim to demonstrate the potential for practice-driven innovation networks, supported by existing science and market-driven actors, to develop practical cost-effective solutions to sustainability challenges. Multi-stakeholder networks will develop technical innovations to injurious pecking and the management of end-of-lay hens concerns based on practice, economics and scientific information. A generic “support package” of communication web based tools, facilitation guides and on-line training programmes, designed to help science and market- driven actors, will then be available to support practice-driven innovation networks in other livestock sectors. Finally we will develop policy recommendations that help realize the full potential of practice-driven innovation through multi stakeholder networks in livestock sectors.

EURAKNOS Final Events

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Newsletter March 2021

Here is the last EURAKNOS newsletter. We will talk about:

* The final conference on the 26th of February

* National events

* Exploitation Strategy Seminar

* Video EURAKNOS to EUREKA

* Last consortium meeting

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EURAKNOS Videos

Our EURAKNOS Videos explain our main activities and outputs - for example, see how we've been working towards an online knowledge database to collect outputs from various Thematic Network Projects
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The EURAKNOS podcast

Our EURAKNOS Podcasts give an insight into the creation, management, and successes of current and past Thematic Networks. Interviewing members from all aspects of the TN, the podcasts provide a great summary of all you need to know about each project.
Sylvia Burssens explains what we mean by a 'multi-actor approach' and details how the knowledge innovation panel (KIP) will support the Euraknos project. Did you know 'kip' means chicken in Flemish? Well let's hope they give us the golden egg!

A multi-actor approach and the 'KIP'

Testimonials

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  • “EURAKNOS can be seen as the network of the networks that will analyze this knowledge to explore the feasibility of creating a modular database that makes this information more accessible to the farming community in a searchable and semi-standardized way."

    - Prof Pieter Spanoghe, EURAKNOS coordinator
  • “It is a really good idea to make a knowledge base, which comprises knowledge from several European countries. It is a place where farmers, advisors and everyone interested in agriculture can get inspired on how to innovate”

    - Pernille Pennington, Communications consultant SEGES, Denmark, AGRISPIN
  • “Sharing knowledge to promote new technology - such as sensors to monitor livestock 24/7 - has resulted in increased feed efficiency, improved animal welfare, increased profitability and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The EURAKNOS TN will ensure this knowledge is reached by an even wider audience, helping to further the success of the 4D4F network.”

    - Richard Loyd, IFA, Livestock Team Manager, 4D4F
  • “One of the key learnings was actually with a group of farmers who were reluctant to engage because they had a history of being told that they were not performing. But with the power of good facilitation, they developed their own sense of ownership and empowerment, and were then able to deliver real change.”

    - MAIN David, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University, HENNOVATION
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