Faced with the global crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated, Finnova could face new challenges in order to re-boost Agri-food economic sector.
Agritech Startup Europe Acclerathon is an initiative arranged by Finnova, which will work on new approaches and solutions against the problem of COVID-19 and mitigate the massive loss of employment and the cessation of agri-food activity.
Faced with a notable and unpredictable impact, it is necessary to focus efforts on seeking new approaches aimed at creating survival mechanisms for companies in the sector, protecting the most vulnerable segments that work in the field of agri-food. At this juncture, we are committed to the regeneration capacity of the sector and to the innovation of the agents of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to continue advancing towards recovery and development.
Agritech Startup Europe Acclerathon will support and offered:
• Innovative solutions to common territorial challenges.
• Networking: developing strategies that allow them to make their idea known to relevant actors of the European institutions.
• EU financing: inform entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other end-user and target groups about the financing tools available to the European Union and seek partners to give it a European dimension.
• Mentoring: organizing information sessions with a group of experts in different fields.
Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon is aligned with the call “Smart-Agri-Hubs Open Call Definition – RESTART the European Agri-Food Economy after the COVID-19 Crisis”, because it will work on 3 topics that will help to promote innovation based sustainable technologies to activate the Agri-Food Economy after the effects generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The availability and access to water services for agriculture is fundamental to fight the pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19 as well as the adverse effects of climate change. Given that this is the sector with the highest water demand in the whole country, accounting for 80% compared to the others (urban services, industry, etc.), the availability and access to water services for agriculture is crucial to combat the pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19 as well as the adverse effects of climate change. Given the semi-arid or arid nature of much of our national territory as well as the growing problem of desertification, as reflected in SDG 6, it is especially related to SDG 13 on combating climate change.
Fighting hunger is not only about boosting agricultural production but also about increasing incomes, creating sustainable agricultural production systems as well as strengthening local markets so that people can access safe and nutritious food even if a crisis prevents them from growing enough. In line with the 2030 Agenda, it is important to double agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, including through secure and equitable access to land, other resources and production inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and off-farm employment.
There are more and more genetically modified seeds circulating in agricultural production systems, as well as invasive plant species, which is a problem for native and endemic agricultural species as well as for soil dynamics and regeneration. Following the lines of action of the 2030 Agenda, it is necessary to combat soil desertification as a non-renewable natural resource, as well as to rehabilitate and recover degraded lands and soils. That is, land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive for a land degradation-neutral world.
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