Open Innovation as a tool for economic competitiveness for businesses in the agrifood sector

Open Innovation as a tool for economic competitiveness for businesses in the agrifood sector

The European Food industry is the largest manufacturing sector of the EU as well as its largest employer with 4.2 million people being directly employed. The sector is also critical to meeting the societal challenges of sustainable farming, food security, food safety and healthy nutrition, now and in the future. 

Today the agrifood sector faces three major challenges: winning back the consumer, meeting consumers’ dietary needs and food preferences related to lifestyle and life stage and future-proofing farming and food production and distribution. Agricultural science and technology, known as ‘agritech’ can help offer a solution to the above challenges.

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