Focus Groups

Do you have an idea for an EU CAP Network Focus Group? Is the topic focused and the question well defined?

Then why not suggest a new Focus Group topic.

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).

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.

In short, the objectives of a Focus Group are:

  • 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.

New EU CAP Network Focus Groups

The topics covered by the three new Focus Groups are:

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

    Previous EIP-AGRI Focus Groups

    Agroforestry: woody vegetation

    High Nature Value

    Protein crops

    Animal husbandry

    IPM for Brassica

    Reducing antimicrobial use in poultry farming

    Bee health and beekeeping

    Industrial crops

    Reducing food loss on the farm

    Benchmarking farm performance

    Livestock emissions

    Renewable energy on the farm

    Carbon storage in arable farming

    Mixed farming systems

    Short food supply chains

    Circular horticulture

    NBS for water management

    Soil contamination

    Dairy production systems

    New entrants into farming

    Soil organic matter

    Digital tools for sustainable nutrient management

    New feed for pigs and poultry

    Soil salinisation

    Diseases and pests in viticulture

    Non-chemical weed management

    Soil-borne diseases

    Ecological Focus Areas

    Nutrient recycling

    Sustainable beef production systems

    Fertiliser efficiency

    Organic farming

    Sustainable pome and stone fruit

    Forest biomass

    Permanent grassland

    Tropical crops

    Forest practices & climate change

    Pests and diseases of the olive tree

    Water & agriculture

    Frost damage

    Plant-based medicinal and cosmetic products

    Wildlife and agricultural production

    Genetic resources

    Plastic footprint


    Grazing for Carbon

    Precision farming


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