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Open Access Bringing added value to agriculture and forest sectors by closing the research and innovation divide, Horizon 2020 GA no 696394

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The biobased economy is seen by many as a future base for a sustainable society and economy. New innovative techniques, partnerships, businesses and policies are being developed, replacing fossil based fuels and materials with renewable materials. Biomass, as renewable and abundant resource, has many direct and indirect applications for food, feed, fuels, fertilizers, chemicals and materials.

AGRIFORVALOR aims to close the research and innovation divide by connecting practitioners from agriculture and forestry to research and academia as well as with associations and clusters, bio-industry, policy makers, business support organisations, innovation agencies and technology transfer intermediaries in multi-actor innovation partnership networks. The focus of the project is on the transfer of know-how and information to enable and support farmers and foresters to exploit existing research results and facilitate the capture of grass root ideas for bio-industry development.

Practitioners are united in three Biomass Innovation Design Hubs, piloted in Spain (AndalucĂ­a), Hungary and Ireland. In each of these hubs, existing research results and good practice cases on valorisation of biomass sidestreams from agriculture and forestry are shared and matched with the specific needs and potentials; new grass-roots ideas collected and developed; and dedicated innovation support applied to further deploy selected topics which are dealt with by multi-actor innovation partnership groups.

In the AGRIFORVALOR project an overview is drafted of valorisation techniques and good practice cases. Also a web based tool is developed, making this information easily available for stakeholders such as foresters, farmers, the biomass processing industries and the bio-energy sector.
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Keywords: AGRICULTURE; BIOECONOMY; BIOECONOMY STRATEGY; BIOMASS; BUSINESS MODELS; EIP AGRI; FOOD SECURITY; FORESTRY; H2020; HORIZON2020; KBBE; RESIDUES; SIDESTREAMS; SUSTAINABILTY; SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE; WASTE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2018

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