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EU’s record investment in agri-food

The European Commission is working on its proposal for the next Horizon research framework programme, Project Horizon 21-27, that will succeed Horizon 2020.

It has announced its biggest ever budget of around €100bn for research and innovation and plans to spend €10bn of the total budget (10%) on research and innovation in food, agriculture, rural development and the bio-economy[6]. This is a significant expansion, as it will have spent a total of €6bn on food research and innovation in the 6-year funding cycle to 2020[7].

Project Horizon will aim to make European agriculture and food production more sustainable, to make food healthier and to boost rural development. A mission-oriented approach to policy-making is planned, which means setting defined goals, with specific targets and working to achieve them in a set time.

The programme is expected to ‘innovate the entire foodchain’ and to exploit opportunities for digitalisation and new technological developments, for example by supporting the use of big data in food production.




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