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Czech Republic is the second largest producer of hops in Europe and one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector is one of the main drivers of Czech Republic’s economy

With farms covering 44% of the country area, the agriculture industry is one of the most important sectors of the Czech economy. The country’s agricultural production is diversified. Top export products are: milk, livestock, grains, sugar and malt. Approx. 13.7% of farmland of Czech Republic are used for organic farming (2014), which is one of the highest rate among 28 RIS countries.

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Despite the notable research potential, the lack of effective cooperation between academia, government and businesses constitutes an obstacle to effective development in innovations. EIT Food can be the crucial link that strengthens these necessary bonds among Czech actors. EIT Food can also help in increasing competitiveness of agri-food sector by knowledge transfer activities and support of investment and innovation projects.

EIT Food Hub in Czech Republic: University of Chemistry and Technology Prague and South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC)

The Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague is place where the activities of the EIT Food Hub are performed. It ranks among leading university centres of food science and embraces both traditional food science fields, food technologies and innovations for the food industry, as well as current trends in the development of food and biochemical sciences, food analysis and nutrition, including several ISO 17025 accredited laboratories dealing with food quality, safety and authenticity assessment.

South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) is a leading innovation agency in the Czech Republic providing support services to innovative companies in the South Moravian region. Our mission is to empower people to grow businesses that can change the world. Our vision is an open innovation ecosystem which is home to globally successful entrepreneurs and which inspires the world. JIC runs a comprehensive set of programmes that cover full spectrum of an entrepreneurial life cycle – from the first idea to a start-up with validated business model to a growing business scaling to global markets.

One of the typical Czech specialties produced from the 16th century is Olomouc curd cheese (Olomoucke tvaruzky) with the specific, strong smell. Some people love it, some hate it. But due to its nutritional values, low fat content and content of full-value proteins and calcium, Olomoucke tvaruzky ranks among top Czech cheeses.

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