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The book discusses recent innovation and diversification paths in agri-food, specifically the linkages among food research and innovation, production, consumption, gastronomy, and place branding as well as technology. It also focuses on EU policies and instruments in support of R&I activities in agri-food, and explores agri-food domains within the context of smart specialisation.



Chapter 1. Food: Innovation and Diversification Paths

This chapter outlines food as a cross-sectoral economic activity, connecting different fields and stakeholders in several domains: tourism, health and well-being, bioeconomy, environment, safety and security, transportation and logistics, new technologies, among others. Examples, best practices and case studies are discussed as the main results of a thematic workshop entitled “Smart specialisation and food: food, gastronomy and bioeconomy as elements of regional innovation strategies” held at 2015 EXPO Milan in September 2015 when participants from several EU Countries reflected upon the issues of food innovation as a driver of smart regional growth, the role of public and private institutions in supporting agri-food priorities as well as differences in gastronomy culture and approaches. A huge diversity of partnerships exists for agricultural and food innovation, in terms of type, number of actors, innovation stage, geographical coverage and context. For this reason, the European Commission launched several initiatives to increase the potential of institutions such regional research and innovation brokers, university’s extension services and industrial liaison offices, and capacity building providers to integrate the fragmented world of farmers in structured but flexible innovation systems.
Kateřina Ciampi Stančová, Alessio Cavicchi

Chapter 2. EU Policies and Instruments to Support the Agri-food Sector

This chapter focuses on EU policies and instruments in support of R&I activities in agri-food and provides an overview of various EU financial frameworks, funds, programmes and supported initiatives. Financial and technical support discussed in this chapter includes: (a) direct support through competitive funds such as Horizon 2020 and COSME, (b) indirect support through European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI funds), and (c) “access to finance” tools usually consist of loans, equity financing, venture capital and guarantees provided by financial intermediaries. Finally, the chapter provides for a comparison of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-food with other platforms, partnerships and initiatives currently promoted by the European Commission at EU level such as European Innovation Partnership (EIP), European Technology Platforms (ETP), European Institute of Technology Knowledge Innovation Communities (EIT KICs) and Food Cluster Initiative. The objective is to discuss possible complementarities among the EU Platforms.
Kateřina Ciampi Stančová, Alessio Cavicchi

Chapter 3. Smart Specialisation and the Agri-food System

This chapter discusses the smart specialisation concept and the role of regional stakeholders in the agri-food sector as well as explores agri-food domain within the context of smart specialisation. Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) is the new policy approach to regional development and regional innovation strategy built on strengths, potentials, capacities, critical mass and expertise. Internationalisation of smart specialisation is a context within which regions should be able to identify domains for (present and future) competitive advantage, and relevant linkages and flows of goods, services and knowledge that reveal possible opportunities for collaboration with other regions. According to the Eye@RIS3 database, agri-food-related priorities are one of the most prominent priority areas selected by EU countries and regions. Specifically, three in four regions selected an agri-food-related priority and one in five priorities reported by countries and regions focus on agro-food and technologies. Finally, the chapter provides examples from different regions in Europe that have identified agri-food as their smart specialisation priority.
Kateřina Ciampi Stančová, Alessio Cavicchi

Chapter 4. The Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-food

The objective of this chapter is to inform the community of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners about the dynamics of setting up the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-food, and to provide information about its functioning and governance. The chapter outlines the milestones of the process and the main achievements. At the same time, the chapter proposes the steps to be followed by policy-makers and regional officers who are motivated to lead, support and actively contribute to thematic partnerships within the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-food. Finally, it discusses specific cases of existing partnerships and describes the motivations and objectives of the regions that decided to embark on the journey towards establishment of specific partnerships through this Thematic Platform.
Kateřina Ciampi Stančová, Alessio Cavicchi

Chapter 5. Policy Recommendations and Conclusions

This chapter provides for some policy recommendations on regional innovation strategies in the agri-food sector that can be implemented by regional and national governments and new research topics that can be addressed by universities across Europe.
Kateřina Ciampi Stančová, Alessio Cavicchi

Erratum to: The Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-food

Kateřina Ciampi Stančová, Alessio Cavicchi


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