WHEAt and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement


An EIP for more productive and sustainable agriculture and forestry

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) was launched by the European Commission in 2012. It aims to foster a competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry sector that “achieves more from less“. It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, and to the sustainable management of the essential natural resources on which farming and forestry depend, working in harmony with the environment. To achieve this aim, the EIP-AGRI brings together innovation actors (farmers, advisors, researchers, businesses, NGOs, etc) and helps to build bridges between research and practice.


The EIP-AGRI speeds up innovation through an interactive approach

The innovation model under the EIP-AGRI goes beyond speeding up the transfer from laboratory to practice (referred to as the “linear innovation model”). The EIP-AGRI adheres to the “interactive innovation model” which brings together specific actors (e.g. farmers, advisors, researchers, businesses, etc) to work together in multi-actor projects to find a solution for a specific issue or developing a concrete opportunity. In these so-called Operational Groups, new insights and ideas will generate and existing tacit knowledge will be built into focused solutions that are quicker put into practice. Such an approach will stimulate innovation from all sides and will also help to target the research agenda.

EIP Focus group related to WHEALBI project:

Genetic resources : https://ec.europa.eu/eip/agriculture/en/content/genetic-resources-cooperation-models

About EIPs – a new approach to innovation !

Five European Innovation Partnerships have been launched in the context of the Innovation Union. European Innovation Partnerships are a new approach to research and innovation. EIPs help to pool expertise and resources by bringing together public and private sectors at EU, national and regional levels, combining supply and demand side measures. All EIPs focus on societal benefits and fast modernisation. They support the cooperation between research and innovation partners so that they are able to achieve better and faster results compared to existing approaches.