European Innovation Partnership

FOR AGRICULTURE

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, or EIP for Agriculture, is an initiative of the European Commission with the aim of bridging the gap between research and practice.

IFOAM EU welcomes the steps taken to improve communication between actors, which is essential for accelerating the shift towards sustainable agriculture. The EIP will be successful if it employs a holistic approach that connects food production based on ecosystem services with responsible food habits. The organic sector's proven ability to innovate is anchored in its history of strong collaboration across disciplines and between researchers and producers. Organic actors therefore have much to contribute to the EIP.

In order to help organic actors better understand the complex implementation of the EIP and encourage participation, user guidelines will jointly be published by IFOAM EU, TP Organics and ARC 2020 in winter 2013.