The EIP-AGRI Workshop: Opportunities for farm diversification in the circular bioeconom

It will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 6-7 February 2019. Participation in the event is by invitation only. This workshop is organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and the EIP-AGRI Service Point.


Background information

The circular economy can be an important source of diversified and stable income for farmers and foresters as well as a factor for high quality job creation, competitiveness and growth in rural areas, not least by creating business opportunities based on modern digital technologies and innovative business practices. By adopting innovative business models that make better use of waste streams, including the recovery of nutrients, farmers and foresters can make an important contribution to a more circular and resource-efficient economy in the EU’s rural areas.

The workshop will look at the various business models farmers and foresters could potentially adopt to take advantage of the circular economy markets, for example:

  • By developing intermediary products
  • By developing joint initiatives with the industry
  • On their own by developing particular products
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