SKIN is an innovative and challenging initiative in the field of the short-term
food supply chain (SFSC). Its primary objective is to improve the efficiency of
the SFSC for the economic growth of the sector for the benefit of European
citizens and farmers. To achieve its goals, the strategy is to make long-term
collaboration between these two actors, to push demand-driven innovation
and to systematise existing knowledge.
Teagasc, a key partner in SKIN, has organised the third European Innovation
Challenge Workshop in Dublin on February 13th and 14th.
Different partners including Europe for Business, SKA, Collison & Associate and
CKA gathered at Bord Bia’s Thinking House to join Teagasc. These collaborators
are specialised in the development, innovation, and management of research
in the agri-food sector focusing on new technologies to achieve their goals.
This collaborative intelligence aims to determine the new and developing skills
necessary, throughout the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System
(AKIS), to sustain innovation in short food chains by adopting “good practices”.
The main topics and questions that have been addressed are:
How can agricultural products be more responsive and accessible to
What are the opportunities for improving the business of direct to customer in
What innovation do we need to use to have an effective supply chain?
Dr. John Hyland and Brídín McIntyre gave a tour of the Teagasc Ashton facility
to the partners. In this establishment, researchers are actively working to find
innovative solutions using pioneering technologies in food biosciences, food
quality, and food industry development. Finally, the visit will be followed by a
discussion on emerging production paradigms on the topics of cellular
agriculture, milk substitutes, insect agriculture bioreactor and many others.
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