Climate-KIC has been invited to showcase urban farming at FOOD2030, High-Level Event of the European Commission, 12-13 October 2016, Brussels.
Climate-KIC has been invited by the European Commission to showcase at the ‘Food Village‘ at EU’s FOOD2030 conference.
Climate-KIC will be presenting two innovative entrepreneurial projects implemented by the start-ups Agrilution and Plants &Machines: their businesses focus on urban farming and vertical farming, and they propose innovative tools for food production within urban environments.
The ‘Food Village‘ is an exhibition of 20 projects selected by the European Commission to showcase innovative solutions for food production challenges. Access to the exhibition will be possible during the days of the conference.
Agrilution and Plants &Machines were supported by the Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme in Germany in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Agrilution is the 2015 winner of the Climate-KIC’s National Venture Competition in Germany.
At the 2015 Milan World Expo Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, announced his intention to launch a Food Research Area by World Food Day 2016, presenting a single thematic Research and Innovation narrative built on a number of key Food and Nutrition Security priorities:
- NUTRITION: Reducing hunger and malnutrition, addressing food safety and diet-related disease, and helping citizens adopt sustainable diets and healthy lives
- CLIMATE: Building climate and global change-resilient food systems
- CIRCULARITY: Implementing sustainability and circular economy principles across food systems
- INNOVATION: Boosting innovation and investment, while empowering communities
FOOD 2030 Research & Innovation for Tomorrow’s Nutrition & Food Systems builds on this intention and is a timely EU research and innovation policy response to the recent international policy developments including the SDGs and COP21 commitments.
The FOOD 2030 high level event provides a platform for dialogue that seeks to build on the political momentum for a coherent research and innovation policy framework for Food and Nutrition Security. The conference is an important step towards boosting future investment in research and innovation in support of impactful nutrition and food systems research breakthroughs, market-creating and open innovation, open science and multi-actor engagement, building of capacities and skills; and strengthening global collaboration for improved research policy alignment.
FOOD 2030 aim is to explore what is needed to transform and future-proof our food systems to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in their provision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food and diets for all. Furthermore, FOOD 2030 investigates how research and innovation systems can be scaled-up to better contribute to the above Food and Nutrition Security priorities.
The European Commission will present its FOOD 2030 research and innovation policy stocktaking exercise to be followed by four prospective discussion panels, each exploring how R&I policy should contribute to shaping tomorrow’s sustainable food systems, with respect to healthy and sustainable diets, climate resilience and circularity of food systems, user-centric innovation, new business models and investment.
- The full programme of the conference can be found here.
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