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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

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
Recruitment for the EIT Food RIS Fellowships - extended deadline News

Recruitment for the EIT Food RIS Fellowships - extended deadline

09 Mar 2021 MSc students and graduates with different educational backgrounds as well as PhD students and post-docs from EIT RIS countries are very welcome to discover job opportunities in the food industry by getting unique, professional, paid 3-6 months internships within the EIT Food RIS Fellowships Action Line
EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2021: registration is now open

EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2021: registration is now open

08 Mar 2021 Hereby, we announce EIT Food Government Executive Academy – Edition 2021
Call for expressions of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs 2021 News

Call for expressions of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs 2021

03 Mar 2021 EIT Food is looking for universities (public or non-public higher education institutes) that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs 2021 activity
The results of the call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2021-2023 News

The results of the call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2021-2023

18 Feb 2021 It is a great pleasure for us to inform that our EIT Food CLC North-East and CLC South have selected organisations to perform the role of EIT Food Hubs during the period in 2021-2023/