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Focus Groups on Innovation, knowledge exchange and EIP-AGRI

Three new EU CAP Network Focus Groups

The topics to be covered by the three new Focus Groups are:

  • Focus Group 50: Regenerative agriculture for soil health
  • Focus Group 51: Crop associations including Milpa and protein crops
  • Focus Group 52: Competitive and resilient mountain areas

Over 240 experts applied to this call which closed on 11 September 2023. Thank you to all applicants, you will be informed shortly.

EU CAP Network Focus Groups are temporary groups of selected experts focusing on a specific subject, sharing knowledge and experience

Each group explores practical innovative solutions to problems or opportunities in the field and draws on experience derived from related useful projects. Each Focus Group meets twice and produces a recommendations and outcomes report.

The Focus Groups also discuss and document research results, best practices and identify the implications for further research activities that will help to solve practical problems in the sector.


  • Taking stock of the state of play of practice in the field of the Focus Group activity, listing problems and opportunities;
  • Taking stock of the state of play of research in this field, summarising possible solutions to the problems listed;
  • Identifying needs from practice and possible directions for further research;
  • Highlighting priorities for innovative actions by suggesting potential practical Operational Groups or other project formats to test solutions and opportunities, including ways to disseminate the practical knowledge gathered.

For more information on Groups and their tasks, please see the Focus Group brochure and  Focus Group Charter.

Ongoing Focus Groups

Enhancing the biodiversity on farmland through high-diversity landscape features

How can farmers create and maintain high-diversity landscape features (HDLF) that positively impact farmland biodiversity?

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Social farming and innovations

How can social farming contribute to innovation in agriculture while strengthening the multi-functional role of agriculture and connecting people from urban and rural areas?

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Recovery of abandoned agricultural lands

How to foster new, practical ways for better management of abandoned agricultural land in a sustainable way?

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Previous EIP-AGRI Focus Groups

Under the EIP-AGRI, 46 Focus Groups were set up between 2013 and 2021. As of 2022, the ‘Support Facility for Innovation and Knowledge exchange including EIP-AGRI’ sets up Focus Groups under the EU CAP Network. Take a look at the results that have been produced by EIP-AGRI Focus Groups in this overview (update October 2022).

Video: EIP-AGRI Focus Groups, sharing knowledge to inspire innovation

The EIP-AGRI has run over 40 Focus Groups on a wide variety of topics. Watch this animated video to find out how Focus Groups work, how they inspire innovative actions in research and in practice, and how their results can be of value to you in your daily work.