Food industry, perceived as traditional, is in fact a challenging driver for innovation and growth today. STRING unifies regions sharing the ambition to improve the innovation capacity of their food clusters, enabling them to meet the increasingly diversified needs and the growing demand for larger quantities of food. These clusters are often impeded in their development and thus fail to efficiently support the innovation eco-system and hinder the partners’ access to new markets. The shared bottlenecks of agro-food innovation eco-systems –often rooted in the malfunctioning of policy instruments– urge partners to work on solutions adaptable to specific regional contexts.
All STRING-regions have been renown for their food production traditions, and for their innovation potentials. They all are engaged in food innovation and production in different roles. The overall objective of the partners - independent from their development level and the strength of cohesion in their regional food sectors – is to improve the performance and implementation efficiency of development policies and programmes related to food R&D&I and clusterization to promote innovation value chains for the sector. By deepening cluster integration and creating more added value - contributing to smart growth – each region will reach this ambition.
STRING boosts innovation
The provision of smart, healthy and sustainable food is a top priority in Europe. The liveliness and dynamism of some European regions depends on the activity of the agrifood sector. STRING boosts the competitiveness of agrifood companies and clusters through innovation and international development..
Challenging driver for regional growth
The agri & food industry is a challenging driver for regional innovation and growth. STRING unifies European regions sharing the ambition to improve the (international) competitive capacity of their agrifood clusters. Because those clusters have enormous economic-societal impact; today and tomorrow.
Learning about cooperation and promotion
STRING focuses on the strength of regional development programmes, value chain promotion campaigns and crosssector hybrid clusterization as the engines for success. To optimize the management of the measures oriented to the innovation in agrifood competitive cooperation is key. That urges partners across Europe to work together on solutions adaptable to one and another regional context. STRING designs a brand new learning process, promoting interregional activities, knowledge sharing and everlasting inter cluster cooperation.
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