Horizon 2020 is the European instrument for all EU research and innovation funding between 2014 and 2020. Priorities have changed in comparison with earlier EU research programmes. The focus has shifted from research for its own sake to innovation with tangible impact.
Putting ideas into practice has become the central goal of Horizon 2020.
That's why IFOAM EU and TP Organics, in collaboration with ARC 2020, will publish an Action Plan for Innovation and Learning that will demonstrate the innovation potential of our sector and provide policy recommendations for achieving innovation from an organic and agro-ecological perspective.
A lot is at stake as Horizon 2020 budget for agricultural research is almost double that of its predecessor, the 7th Framework Programme. TP Organics is closely following the ongoing trilogues between Council, Parliament and Commission to make sure organic food & farming and agro-ecological approaches receive adequate attention in the final legal texts. All significant amendments proposed collectively by TP Organics and like-minded civil society organisations have been accepted by the responsible parliamentary committee.
Although the legislation is not yet final, the Commission has already started preparing the first Work Programme in order to be able to launch Horizon 2020 in January 2014. TP Organics calls on the Commission to include the following elements in the Work Programme covering concrete research & innovation programmes for 2014-2015:
- Improve knowledge management in the organic and low-input food & farming sector
- Promote eco-functional intensification as a way to significantly reduce external inputs and negative externalities of agriculture
- Create a better understanding of the social benefits of multifunctional organic agriculture
- Promote the development of processing techniques that meet the expectations of consumers for high-quality food