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Biologically diversified Latvia is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The Food System at the Heart of Latvia’s Economy

The food and beverage industry is the second largest industrial sector in Latvia, producing around 23 % of the total output in manufacturing in 2017. In 2017, Latvia’s biggest trading partners were Lithuania (18% of Latvia's total trade turnover), Germany (9%), Estonia (9%), Russia (8%) and Poland (7%).

Foreign trade in Latvia has consistently increased since Latvia’s accession to the EU. Europe is a large market that consumes many Latvian products: cheeses, butter, milk and milk powders, canned fish, fruit and berry preparations, pickles, various grains, meat products, confectionery, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Room for Improvement

Less than 0,5% of Latvia’s GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness of the country.

EIT Food Hub in Latvia: Riga Technical University (RTU)

RTU is the only polytechnic university in Latvia and the largest university in the country – it educates and trains almost 15 thousand students. RTU is focused on becoming a third generation university that not only provides high quality education, but also conducts advanced research and ensures innovation and technology transfer, practically implementing scientific discoveries. RTU is constantly developing its infrastructure by constructing a campus on Ķīpsala Island. On completion, the campus will be the most advanced engineering study centre in the Baltic Region.

As 50% of Latvia’s territory is forests, Latvians have strong traditions for collecting natural products - 60 000 tons of edible mushrooms and even more plants with healing qualities are picked for household needs every year.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Latvia
Riga Technical University
Ķīpsalas Street 6,Rīga
LV-1658, Latvia

Visit our North-East page here

News

Call for experts to carry out analyses of national/regional agrifood innovation policies News

Call for experts to carry out analyses of national/regional agrifood innovation policies

26 Aug 2020 EIT Food with University of Warsaw carries out a comparative analyses of agri-food innovation policies in RIS countries, with a view to further improve EIT Food activities, outreach and targeted offering for local stakeholders
EIT Food CLC NE and Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia collaborate together on assessing opportunities for the future of the food system in Nordic and Baltic countries News

EIT Food CLC NE and Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia collaborate together on assessing opportunities for the future of the food system in Nordic and Baltic countries

20 Jul 2020 EIT Food CLC NE and Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia has set up a collaboration in July to better understand the changes in food consumption and agrifood startup environment in Baltics in the time of the pandemic
Food Foresight COVID-19: Request for proposals to carry out foresight analysis on the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the food sector News

Food Foresight COVID-19: Request for proposals to carry out foresight analysis on the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the food sector

08 Apr 2020 EIT Food CLC NE is looking for a Lead Expert to support CLC NE RIS team in the analysis of the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the agri-food sector
Results of EIT Food Consumer Engagement Labs selection process, 2020 News

Results of EIT Food Consumer Engagement Labs selection process, 2020

13 Mar 2020 EIT Food has announced that 6 consortia of scientific organisations, companies and startups have been selected for the EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs activity
Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020 News

Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020

09 Mar 2020 EIT Food is looking for consortia consisting of 3 organisations operating in the same country (scientific organisation, food retailer/producer and start-up) that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs activity
Call for proposals to carry out activities to build entrepreneurial capacities for women in the agrifood business EIT Food Projects

Call for proposals to carry out activities to build entrepreneurial capacities for women in the agrifood business

03 Mar 2020 EIT Food is looking for 3 organisations based in the South of Europe, namely from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain or Turkey and 2 organisations based in the East of Europe, namely from Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Slovenia to organise activities within a project aiming at boosting the entrepreneurial skills of women in the agrifood sector

Blog

Chef on Tour: The Latvian food entrepreneurs combining innovation with tradition

Chef on Tour: The Latvian food entrepreneurs combining innovation with tradition

19 Sep 2019 Riga Edition: For this edition of the Chef on Tour series Josh is in Riga, exploring Europe’s largest bazaar with Latvia’s inspiring food entrepreneurs involved in everything from cheese, to beer, to cooking in the great outdoors