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Estonia has the third highest share of organic farming in European Union and is one of EIT-Food’s RIS countries

Organic farming as a big chance for Estonian agriculture

Despite the demanding climate conditions connected to geographical location, Estonia possesses environmentally clean and fertile soil, which is reflected in local produce containing considerably less chemicals and growing popularity of organic farming. Specific products are exported – e.g. cultivated and wild berries, mushrooms, ecologically pure produce, dairy products, meat, fish, and beverages.

The country is an attractive environment for research with top level infrastructure and well-educated labour force. R&D activity is concentrated on top tier-research.

The country possesses environmentally clean and fertile soil, which is reflected in local produce containing considerably less chemicals and organic farming that gaining popularity. Out of 957 510 ha of farmland of Estonia, ca 15.7% of it constitutes organic farming, which is the third highest share of any EU country (Eurostat, 2014). A strong emphasis is put on high nature value and agri-environmental issues, with 16.5% of the country defined under NATURA 2000 (including 55,000 ha of farmland).

Room for Improvement

Estonia is one of the leading countries in European Union in terms of the publication of articles on agri-food subjects, which implies a meaningful research potential that can be fostered through EIT education activities.

EIT Food Hub in Estonia: Tartu Biotechnology Park

Tartu Biotechnology Park (TBP) provides physical infrastructure and business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions. It supports companies in finding cooperation partners and is active in the establishment process of new companies.
The main aim is to support companies in developing their business through direct consultations, provide support with the help of EU programs and support the local innovation ecosystem through different collaborations, projects and events.
The aim of TBP is to create a favourable and developing environment for the promotion of biotechnological entrepreneurship in Estonia.
Starting from September 2005 TBP runs the BioMed incubator for biotechnology (including foodtech and cosmetics).

Estonia

Estonian love spending time in the forests to pick berries, mushrooms and herbs so much they call this kind of food gathering Estonian national sport. They showed just how serious they are about that when the first world cranberry picking championship was held in Estonia at Emajõe Suursoo Nature Reserve in the autumn of 2010.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Estonia: Tartu Biotechnology Park
Tartu Biotechnology Park
Tiigi 61b, Tartu 50410, Estonia

Visit our North-East page here

News

Reopened Workshop | Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry EIT Food Projects

Reopened Workshop | Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry

13 Aug 2021 The EIT Food Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry Workshop has reopened!
We have the winners of the hackathon “HACK DigitalSea’21” News

We have the winners of the hackathon “HACK DigitalSea’21”

07 Aug 2021 The first online hackathon "HACK DigitalSea'21" in the Baltics was launched in 3-4 of July, where participants sought innovative solutions to the acute challenges for sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea
15 agrifood teams joined EIT Food TeamUp programme News

15 agrifood teams joined EIT Food TeamUp programme

03 Aug 2021 Over 30 tech and business co-founders joined forces during the new team-building programme of EIT Food and were admitted to the next stage of TeamUp
Call for EIT Food RIS Policy Council members 2021-2022 extended until September 6 News

Call for EIT Food RIS Policy Council members 2021-2022 extended until September 6

22 Jul 2021 EIT Food is looking 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
The first of its kind Digital Sea hackathon in Lithuania News

The first of its kind Digital Sea hackathon in Lithuania

17 Jun 2021 The three EIT FOOD Hubs of the Baltic States — AgriFood Lithuania DIH, Riga Technical University and Tartu Biotechnology Park — are coming together for the first time ever for the exceptional international online hackathon HACK DigitalSea’21, which was initiated by the Lithuanian Digital Innovation Hub
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! 

Events

12 October 2021

Great Taste - Zero Waste Conference

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