The future of innovation in European agriculture and forestry is based on the improved (digital) exchange of best practices between farmers, researchers and advisors from different sectors and member states.


Check out our Vision Paper and Policy Brief exploring The Future EU-wide Open Source Knowledge Reservoir for Agriculture and Forestry, as well as our Explorer's Guide to Thematic Networks for guidance on achieving high impact.

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EURAKNOS is the sister project of EUREKA

Our mission

Info facilitate
Facilitate

We facilitate and support thematic networks by connecting and extending the current network of thematic networks.

Info collect
Collect

We collect knowledge, materials and tools of the thematic networks.

Info develop
Develop

We develop an EU-wide open source agricultural knowledge innovation database.

Connecting thematic networks accross Europe

  • 17 Partners
  • 200+ Organisations
  • 8 Countries

Our thematic networks

Livestock

EURODAIRY

2016

A Europe-wide thematic network supporting a sustainable future for EU dairy farmers

Livestock

EURODAIRY

2016

EuroDairy is coordinated by THE AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE DEVELOPMENT BOARD (AHDB)

The thematic network will foster development and dissemination of practice-based innovations in dairy farming on key sustainability issues for the post-quota era. Work Package 1 (Project co-ordination) oversees formation of the Thematic Network, ensures interconnectivity in generation, capture and demonstration of innovation and best practice, and reports project outputs including recommendations for further innovation-driven research. WP 2 (Network of innovating pilot farmers and Knowledge Transfer Centres) establishes a community of innovating dairy farmers which through experience and practice on their own farms, bring good ideas and implementable solutions to EuroDairy. The farms participate in regional multi-actor operational groups, and connect as a network to share knowledge across borders.

Livestock

DISARM

2019

Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management

Livestock

DISARM

2019

DISARM is coordinated by EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

The DISARM thematic network (Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management) is focused on disseminating best practices from innovative farms and research on how to reduce antibiotic resistance in livestock farming. Antibiotic resistance management is not only important to farming, it can also lead to reduced effectiveness of antibiotics in treating humans. Tackling antibiotic resistance is a major strategic challenge for European livestock farmers, an industry worth over 145 billion euros. Evidence shows that rates of antibiotic use and resistance vary greatly from farm to farm and, that with the adoption of appropriate innovative on farm management practices that both the use of antibiotics and the development of resistance can be reduced. Disseminating these effective management practices is at the heart of the DISARM project, which will work with farmers, vets, advisors, industry and researchers to identify and disseminate widely the most cost effective and beneficial strategies.

Crops

BEST4SOIL

2018

Boosting 4 BEST practices for SOIL health in Europe

Crops

BEST4SOIL

2018

BEST4SOIL is coordinated by DELPHY BV

Healthy soils are of major importance for the future of the European horticultural and agricultural crop production. Especially in intensive production systems, soilborne diseases are a major factor with a negative impact on soil health. Newly developed best practices and sound crop rotations permit to maintain, improve or re-establish soil health in Europe.

Crops

EUFRUIT

2016

EU Fruit Network

Crops

EUFRUIT

2016

EUFRUIT is coordinated by AARHUS UNIVERSITET

The European Fruit Network (EUFRUIT) includes 12 countries focussed on 4 thematic areas of critical for the competiveness and innovation potential of the European Fruit sector: i) new cultivar development and evaluation; ii) minimise residues on fruit and the environment; iii) optimising storage and fruit quality; iv) sustainable production systems. EUFRUIT will coordinate and support innovation through developing a framework for relevant stakeholders and it will establish a systematic approach for knowledge gathering and dissemination. The systematic approach includes: i) scanning & synthesis via 4 expert groups who scan state-of-art knowledge, practises and technologies and synthesise the material to identify key areas of learning and best practise approaches at a European level. ii) showing & sharing will deliver outreach/dialogue at a national level through establishment of local ‘operational groups’.

EURAKNOS Final Events

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Newsletter March 2021

Here is the last EURAKNOS newsletter. We will talk about:

* The final conference on the 26th of February

* National events

* Exploitation Strategy Seminar

* Video EURAKNOS to EUREKA

* Last consortium meeting

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EURAKNOS Videos

Our EURAKNOS Videos explain our main activities and outputs - for example, see how we've been working towards an online knowledge database to collect outputs from various Thematic Network Projects
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The EURAKNOS podcast

Our EURAKNOS Podcasts give an insight into the creation, management, and successes of current and past Thematic Networks. Interviewing members from all aspects of the TN, the podcasts provide a great summary of all you need to know about each project.
Sylvia Burssens explains what we mean by a 'multi-actor approach' and details how the knowledge innovation panel (KIP) will support the Euraknos project. Did you know 'kip' means chicken in Flemish? Well let's hope they give us the golden egg!

A multi-actor approach and the 'KIP'

Testimonials

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  • “EURAKNOS can be seen as the network of the networks that will analyze this knowledge to explore the feasibility of creating a modular database that makes this information more accessible to the farming community in a searchable and semi-standardized way."

    - Prof Pieter Spanoghe, EURAKNOS coordinator
  • “It is a really good idea to make a knowledge base, which comprises knowledge from several European countries. It is a place where farmers, advisors and everyone interested in agriculture can get inspired on how to innovate”

    - Pernille Pennington, Communications consultant SEGES, Denmark, AGRISPIN
  • “Sharing knowledge to promote new technology - such as sensors to monitor livestock 24/7 - has resulted in increased feed efficiency, improved animal welfare, increased profitability and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The EURAKNOS TN will ensure this knowledge is reached by an even wider audience, helping to further the success of the 4D4F network.”

    - Richard Loyd, IFA, Livestock Team Manager, 4D4F
  • “One of the key learnings was actually with a group of farmers who were reluctant to engage because they had a history of being told that they were not performing. But with the power of good facilitation, they developed their own sense of ownership and empowerment, and were then able to deliver real change.”

    - MAIN David, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University, HENNOVATION
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