SUAFRI-EPC: Supporting the Uptake of Agri-Food Research Results into Innovation with EPC countries

The overall aim of the SUAFRI-EPC project is to bridge the gap between Agri-Food research and innovation in Eastern Partnering Countries (EPC) by bringing together all actors of the knowledge value chain and raising their awareness on how to uptake research results into innovation. SUAFRI-EPC is supporting the Agri-Food sector and community in EPC by developing the basis for an efficient “Research to Innovation – R2I” process with the support of European partnering specialists.

The project will consist in the following activities:

  • Implementation of one R2I pilot project in each of the targeted EPC countries jointly with a European partner:
  • R2I topic A in Armenia: “Production methods to optimise economical and environmental sustainability in aquaculture and apiculture sectors”;
  • R2I topic B in Belarus: “Development of consumer preferences for fish and seafood”.
  • R2I topic D in Georgia: “Wine production optimisation using bio-technologies and zoning techniques”.
  • Exchange of best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses;
  • Analysis of the potential for cooperation and knowledge transfer in the field;
  • Networking between Agri-Food actors through mapping of EPC Agri-Food actors at different levels of the knowledge value chain and organisation of brokerage events;
  • Innovation support services to EPC (and European) Agri-Food organisations willing to receive hands-on support for their RDI activities.

The SUAFRI-EPC project aims also to cooperate with other European projects and initiatives targeting EPC countries, under ‘Cluster joint activities’. Cluster activities will consist in organising and contributing to joint events, exchange of information, and support current projects targeting EPC countries.

Pilot Project in Armenia: Production methods to optimize economical and environmental sustainability in aquaculture and apiculture sectors

This pilot project aims to develop new production methods in aquaculture and apiculture in order to optimize production costs and increase environmental sustainability. It will be implemented via training and exchange of experts between the American University of Armenia (AUA) and the Danish company Dianova.

During the first year, the activities will be focused on the topic of sustainable aquaculture. The Danish experts will organize a number of training sessions on water recirculation systems, monitoring of effluents from aquaculture facilities, disease monitoring and control systems, and quality parameters.

During the second year, the team will continue its work on aquaculture but will also exchange on apiculture topic related to the production of honey. The interest of AUA is to learn more on the formalization of existing practices on prevention of bee diseases; and the creation of guideline for honey processing.

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