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Welcome

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.

Latvia

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

EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2021: extended deadline for applicants from: Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania News

EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2021: extended deadline for applicants from: Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania

13 Apr 2021 Deadline for application to the EIT Food RIS Government Executive Academy for applicants from: Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania has been extended to April 23th
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

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