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Bulgaria
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Welcome

Bulgaria is one of the leading producers of essential oils and organic products in the EU and one of the EIT-Food RIS countries.

The Agri-food sector is an important driver of the Bulgarian Economy

The agri-food sector plays a leading role in the Bulgarian economy. Traditionally rich preserved biodiversity, soil fertility and rural communities are still the main drivers for keeping the high share of agri-food in value-added (EIT-Food Foresight, 2020). A significant amount of the Bulgarian population, including young producers and entrepreneurs, is engaged in the agri-food sector as the country is among the major exporters of food, beverages, and tobacco as a percentage of the GDP in Europe. The country is renowned for its quality herbs essential oils, yoghurt and cheese, grapes and wine. The sector is also quickly adopting innovations in agri-food technology and establishing agri-food innovation ecosystems.

Room for Improvement

A number of vulnerabilities and challenges such as decreasing employment share and an ageing workforce, volatility & seasonality in production output, labour & skill shortage, pressure on cost competitiveness, the sector is still vulnerable to external market shocks, the level of the investments in the research and innovations, etc. require interventions in Intensify transfer of technologies from the public to the private sector, improved synergy between market-oriented R&I entities, and education in ‘food system’ skills for students, entrepreneurs and professionals.

EIT Food Hubs in Bulgaria: Agricultural University Plovdiv and Cleantech Bulgaria

A strong consortium of Agricultural University Plovdiv and Cleantech Bulgaria, supported by the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, will carry out joint activities of the EIT-Food Hub in Bulgaria. The Hub will act as a catalyst of partnerships for increasing uptake of the knowledge and skills by the agri-food sector players and stakeholders, facilitate the participation of students, researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, industry representatives and experts to EIT Food programs and initiatives at the European level, creating conditions to support the development of agri-food industry start-ups, transfer of scientific knowledge and innovative technologies and joint participation in national and international programs and projects.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is the homeland of yogurt. It has a long and storied history that is said to date back at least 4000 years. Bulgarians call their yoghurt “sour milk” and they think it’s what makes them live long lives.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Bulgaria: Agricultural University Plovdiv
Bulgaria, Plovdiv 4000
12 Mendeleev Blvd.

Visit our North-East page here

EIT Food Hub in Bulgaria: Cleantech Bulgaria
Krakra str. №18, Sofia, Bulgaria

Visit our North-East page here

News

Call for EIT Food Ris Policy Council members 2021-2022 News

Call for EIT Food Ris Policy Council members 2021-2022

22 Jul 2021 EIT Food is looking for g for experts that would like to participate in the EIT Food RIS Policy Council from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey
EWA Programme for the first time in Bulgaria News

EWA Programme for the first time in Bulgaria

15 Jul 2021 Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV), collaborating organisation of EIT Food for the implementation of EWA - Empowering Women in Agrifood programme in Bulgaria, supports 10 motivated women, who have interest in the Agrifood sector to develop their business idea
The results of the call for expressions of interest to carry out activities within “Empowering Women in Agrifood”   News

The results of the call for expressions of interest to carry out activities within “Empowering Women in Agrifood”  

29 Apr 2021 Eight organizations will collaborate with EIT Food in the implementation of EWA 2021 Edition
Results of EIT Food Consumer Engagement Labs selection process, 2021 News

Results of EIT Food Consumer Engagement Labs selection process, 2021

29 Mar 2021 EIT Food announces that 10 universities have been selected for the EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs activity, 2021
Applications open for Test Farms: test your agritech solution in the field!

Applications open for Test Farms: test your agritech solution in the field!

22 Mar 2021 Need help with testing your agritech solution? Apply for Test Farms and validate your product with farmers! 
Applications open for TeamUp: find the right co-founder for your agrifood startup News

Applications open for TeamUp: find the right co-founder for your agrifood startup

22 Mar 2021 Are you looking for a tech or business co-founder to help you build an impactful agrifood startup? Apply for TeamUp, find the right co-founder and receive training and funding from EIT Food