Here are project sheets of the AGRI Innovation summit 2019.
Here are those relating to the theme "Integrating agro-ecology in downstream sectors: food value chains"
About the theme:
The bio-economy contributes to the transition to a low-carbon economy (since it is based on renewable carbon rather than on fossil carbon) and can provide farmers with additional income. Creating new value chains to market new crops not only can contribute to the agro-ecological transition, it also calls for the involvement of a new set of stakeholders (research, processing, industry, marketing, construction, etc.): textile fibres, latex, biomaterials, biochemistry, cosmetics, etc. An alternative means to achieving the transition is through the recovery of animal or vegetable by-products.
Agro-ecology aims at closing production cycles, both on farms and at a regional level. It enables the agricultural sector to reduce and recycle both farm and food waste (for example, through methanisation and composting), as well as urban and industrial waste (by recovering organic matter). The agricultural sector therefore forms part of the circular economy and can be a driving force behind new regional dynamics.
Regarding biomass-derived energy, and aside from the energy consumed on site, the recovery of effluents (methanisation, etc.) and biomass (brushwood, hedge cuttings, etc.) by farms contributes to the development of renewable energy sources and to the efficient and economic use of energy, typically within the local community.
The structuring of all these new channels requires the development of new links between stakeholders.