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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

Online Agrifood STARTUP Pitch Battle for the participants in Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme in Bulgaria 2021 News

Online Agrifood STARTUP Pitch Battle for the participants in Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme in Bulgaria 2021

27 Dec 2021 On the 4th of November, Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV) organised STARTUP Pitch Battle - competition for the startup teams, participating in Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) Programme in Bulgaria 2021
Double recap under EIT Food Public Sector Representatives Activity Line News

Double recap under EIT Food Public Sector Representatives Activity Line

24 Nov 2021 This year, on December 1st, will be a double recap under EIT Food PSRAL (Public Sector Representatives Activity Line) - coordinated by Faculty of Management University of Warsaw: EIT Food RIS Government Executive Academy (GEA) and EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network (RIN)
New deadline: Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs News

New deadline: Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

08 Nov 2021 EIT Food is looking for food companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
EIT Food TeamUp winners announced EIT Food Projects

EIT Food TeamUp winners announced

04 Nov 2021 Meet four innovative agrifood startups that won prizes in the first edition of the Startup Team Builder programme of EIT Food
Results of the call for RIS Policy Council members News

Results of the call for RIS Policy Council members

18 Oct 2021 It is with great pleasure that we announce that the members of the EIT Food RIS Policy Council for 2021-2022 have been selected
Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

15 Oct 2021 EIT Food is looking for food companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs