A thematic network to design the penetration PAth of Non-food Agricultural Crops into European Agriculture


Non-food Crops (NFC) are used to produce a wide range of bio-products and bioenergy. In spite of considerable investment in R&D; and the increasing need of bio-based industries for feedstock, NFCs are not widespread in EU agriculture, mainly due to challenges in supply chains and gaps in policy framework and investment incentives. PANACEA aims to set up a thematic network to foster the effective exchange between research, industry and the farming community so that direct applicable solutions are widely disseminated and grassroots-level needs and innovative ideas thoroughly captured in order to design the penetration path of NFC into European agriculture. To achieve this goal, an inventory of long-term scientific results on the NFC sustainable production will be created building on the profound experience of the consortium, and the NFC close to implementation will be identified (WP1). Combining the farmers’ and bio-based industries’ needs and interests (WP2) with the NFC ready-to-practice potential the role of NFC in the rural renaissance will be analysed. A strong and interactive multi-actor forum will be established with actors from science, industry and agricultural practice to facilitate capturing and spreading of innovative ideas (WP3). Practice-oriented knowledge on specific value chains easily accessible and available in the long term will be assured through training courses and relevant educational material (WP4). Knowledge sharing on technical, economic and environmental aspects of NFC, extensive communication and networking, matching between the supply and demand sides will be facilitated by the PANACEA Platform (WP5). The project findings will be disseminated at large following an extended exploitation and dissemination plan that will be active during the project and beyond and ensure the sustainability of the ‘Thematic Network on Non-food Crops’ through its link with EU wide initiatives, the EIP-AGRI and its Operational Groups (WP6).

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Andrea Monti

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Centre For Renewable Energy Sources(Greece)

Other Participants:
Asociatia Clusterul Agro-Food-Ind Napoca-AgroTransilvania Cluster (Romania)
Bios Agrosystems Abee (Greece)
Iniciativas Innovadoras S.A.L. (Spain)
Intia-Instituto Navarro De Tecnologias E Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias Sa (Spain)
Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine (United Kingdom)
ACTA-Association de Coordination Technique Agricole (France)
Agricultural University Of Athens (Greece)
BioWarmia Bioenergia i Biosurowce Michal Krzyzaniak (Poland)
Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias De Espana, U. De Coop. (Spain)
LIETUVOS AGRARINIU IR MISKU MOKSLUCENTRAS-Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (Lithuania)
Arkema France Sa (France)
Centro Di Ricerca Per Gli Alimenti E La Nutrizione (Italy)
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 1.999.500,00
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/11/2017
End Date: 31/10/2020

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773501 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773501