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Innovation & knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI

Support Facility for Innovation and Knowledge exchange including EIP-AGRI

The ‘Support Facility for Innovation and Knowledge exchange including EIP-AGRI’ is a key part of the EU CAP Network. Its role is to facilitate communication and cooperation between those with a keen interest in sharing knowledge and innovative ideas for sustainable agriculture, forestry and rural areas.  

It connects farmers, foresters, advisors, researchers, business representatives, environmental groups, NGOs, consumer interest groups and other innovators in the EU CAP Network. Its ultimate aim is to help build up robust flows of knowledge and speed up innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas.  

The EIP-AGRI Support Facility’s activities cover all nine specific CAP objectives as well as the cross-cutting objective of ‘modernising agriculture and rural areas by fostering and sharing knowledge, innovation and digitalisation’. They connect research and practice, bringing together people and different types of innovative multi-actor projects.  

Efforts to promote innovation and knowledge exchange: 

  • help build effective Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) across the EU; 
  • foster smart and resilient agricultural, forestry and rural sectors, and ensure food security; 
  • reinforce environmental care and climate action;
  • strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas. 

Funding sources are available to turn innovative ideas into actions and get interactive projects started. These include EIP-AGRI Operational Groups (funded through European Rural Development Programmes) and Horizon Europe multi-actor projects and thematic networks.