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Lithuania is determined to address the agri-food challenges and is one of EIT-Food’s RIS countries
The agri-food sector, a solid pillar of the Lithuanian economy
Agriculture plays a significant role in Lithuania’s economy. In 2015, the agriculture offered workplaces for nearly one tenth of the employed population (ca. 9.2% of total employment). However, the country’s agriculture is challenged by significant migration and rural area depopulation.
The accession to European Union in 2004 contributed to the rapid increase of organic farming and the rate is growing.
Room for Improvement
Lithuanian agri-food sector needs technological modernization and cost-effective technologies, as well as shifting toward high quality foods. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness. In order to strengthen the country’s research potential, EIT Food can help in widening international cooperation of local universities and researchers.
EIT Food Hub in Lithuania: Kaunas University of Technology
Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is a leading Lithuanian university providing a wide range of studies, closely cooperating with business and implementing research and development projects. Food Institute and the Department of Food Science and Technology of KTU plays a crucial role in the context of food science in Lithuania. In 2012 KTU opened the first academic start-up incubator KTU Startup Space, where more than 70 startups were launched, including agri-food start-ups.
Cepelinai are made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry curd cheese or mushrooms. So named because their shape resembles that of a Zeppelin airship.
What we put into our bodies is key in determining how healthy we are. Being overweight and obese affects your health, and drastically increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. With over 50% of European citizens reportedly overweight, and this being set to rise over the coming years, we desperately need to start having a healthier relationship with our food.
DouxMatok CEO and Co-Founder Eran Baniel explains how to make a little bit of sugar go a long way
EIT Food South gathered their partners on the 14th of May in Madrid for a pitching training session with the aim of giving them the key points to excel at the presentation of their projects in June. Representatives from different partners got the chance to learn how to structure their presentations and how to showcase the strengths and potential of their proposals.