New study out on participation of the agricultural sector in BBI JU

28 January 2020

A study gives a complete analysis of the agricultural sector’s involvement in the BBI JU portfolio and provides recommendations for improvement

By providing new and diversified incomes to farmers and new highly skilled jobs, the BBI JU supports the agricultural sector and contributes to the rural development, one of its key priorities.

Agro-based value chains are a core part of the sector’s Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA). However, there is still room for enhanced participation of the agricultural sector in the BBI JU and in the bio-base sector in general, thus increasing the benefits on the sector.

This is why BBI JU, commissioned a study ‘Participation of the agricultural sector in the BBI JU: business models, challenges and recommendations to enhance the impact on rural development’ in collaboration with Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Commission (EC) in 2019.

The study assesses the agricultural sector’s involvement in the BBI JU portfolio and identifies many challenges that the sector faces as participant in the bio-based sector and its value chains. It provides analysis of innovative business models and success stories on agricultural producers taking on a meaningful role in the bio-based sector.

The study also delivers 28 recommendations for BBI JU, BIC and EC to improve the participation of the agricultural primary sector in BBI JU projects. A task force composed by BBI JU, BIC and EC representatives is set up to follow up on the recommendations. The BBI JU Governing Board endorsed the Action Plan that prioritises the recommendations in a coherent and effective on 4 December 2019.

Read the full Action Plan and the study