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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

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News

EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2020 News

EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2020

13 Feb 2020 EIT Food Government Executive Academy brings together public sector representatives, including regional and central government officials, from 28 RIS countries, researchers working in the field of agri-food innovations from industry, academia and European institutions
Startups offered help with legal and accounting costs News

Startups offered help with legal and accounting costs

13 Feb 2020 Legal and Accounting Support offers up to €2,500 to startups and entrepreneurs to cover the costs of company incorporation, IP protection, accounting and other
Applications open for Innovation Prizes competition!

Applications open for Innovation Prizes competition!

10 Feb 2020 EIT Food is looking for early stage agrifood startups from Southern and Eastern Europe to join the Innovation Prizes competition
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

06 Feb 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
Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020 News

Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020

25 Jan 2020 EIT Food is looking for 6 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
Meet the winners of the RIS Innovation Prizes competition News

Meet the winners of the RIS Innovation Prizes competition

29 Oct 2019 EIT Food presents early-stage agrifood startups from Easter and Southern Europe that won the Innovation Prizes competition

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