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.

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

EUROSHEEP

2020

European Network for interactive and innovative knowledge exchange on animal health and nutrition between the sheep industry actors and stakeholders

Livestock

EUROSHEEP

2020

EUROSHEEP is coordinated by INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE

The future of the sheep farming industry, in Europe and other associated countries, will be heavily influenced by its capacity to respond to several challenges including sustainability and profitability; environmental (in part due to climate change); and new societal expectations. To address these challenges, animal health and nutrition management are key levers which can be used by farmers EuroSheep will focus on those 2 topics.
The overall objective of the EuroSheep project is to create a self-sustainable EU/international Thematic Network on “sheep profitability through health and nutrition” designed to stimulate knowledge exchange and cross-fertilisation among a wide range of actors & stakeholders in the sheep sector in order to widely disseminate relevant and ready to use best practices and innovations, and to value the grassroots input and knowledge exchange from farmers to farmers.

Crops

BIOFRUITNET

2019

Boosting Innovation in Organic FRUIT production through strong knowledge NETworks

Crops

BIOFRUITNET

2019

BIOFRUITNET is coordinated by NATURLAND - VERBAND FUR OKOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU EV

The EU is the leading region for the production of organic fruits, with a rapidly expanding production and a demand for organic products which grows every year. However, at the same time, the amount and value of organic imports from outside the EU is increasing. For organic fruit farmers in the EU this poses a challenge to succeed in an increasingly competitive market. In addition, organic fruit growing is a very demanding farming activity. This is because, the sector faces specific problems that cannot be solved using conventional approaches based on the use of synthetics substances. As organic fruit growers cannot rely on synthetic inputs, many of them have, on a local level, developed competitive strategies to improve plant health. Moreover, there is considerable research on improving organic fruit growing systems. The problem, however, is that this knowledge is not easily accessible to farmers all over Europe and remains either locally known or only available in the scientific sphere.

Livestock

OK NET ECOFEED

2018

Organic Knowledge Network on Monogastric Animal Feed

Livestock

OK NET ECOFEED

2018

OK NET ECOFEED is coordinated by INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE MOVEMENTS EUROPEAN UNION REGIONAL GROUP

The overall aim of OK-Net EcoFeed is to help farmers, breeders and the organic feed processing industry in achieving the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed for monogastrics, in particular pigs, broilers, laying hens and parents of broilers and laying hens.
In the last two decades, the market for organic food has shown steady vigorous growth in most parts of Europe and this growth is still accelerating. A key objective of organic farming is the closing of nutrient cycles, but it is difficult to achieve. To a large extent, feed and livestock production, in particular of pigs and poultry, are concentrated in different regions, and animal feed (especially proteins) has to be imported from regions far away. In addition, organic organic farmers have difficulties in sourcing protein feed of organic quality. The lack of organic and regional feed threatens both the sustainability of organic agriculture as well as consumers’ confidence.

Crops

SUWANU

2013

Sustainable Water treatment and Nutrient reuse options

Crops

SUWANU

2013

SUWANU is coordinated by BIOAZUL, SL

Agricultural practices put the biggest pressure on fresh water resources for irrigation (55% of the water use in Europe) and on fertilizer usage. The European farmers face serious problems such as freshwater scarcity and nutrient availability, extreme climate conditions and the growing demand of the increasing population. This results in rising prices for mineral fertilizers and food, risky measures such as untreated wastewater applications on fields, and environmental damages from overexploitation of resources.
Even though important local efforts have been made on research activities and initiatives for wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture, an integrated approach is needed among regions which are developing such research, incentivizing scientific, governmental and business collaboration within wastewater reuse in Europe and supporting the establishment of common European guidelines and parameters for water and nutrient exploitation efficiency.

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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