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Lithuania is determined to address the agrifood challenges and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Lithuanian economy

Agriculture plays a significant role in Lithuania’s economy. In 2015, the agriculture offered workplaces for nearly one tenth of the employed population (ca. 9.2% of total employment). However, the country’s agriculture is challenged by significant migration and rural area depopulation.

The accession to European Union in 2004 contributed to the rapid increase of organic farming and the rate is growing.

Room for Improvement

Lithuanian agrifood sector needs technological modernization and cost-effective technologies,  as  well as shifting toward high quality foods. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness. In order to strengthen the country’s research potential, EIT Food can help in widening international cooperation of local universities and researchers.

EIT Food Hub in Lithuania: Kaunas University of Technology

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is a leading Lithuanian university providing a wide range of studies, closely cooperating with business and implementing research and development projects. Food Institute and the Department of Food Science and Technology of KTU plays a crucial role in the context of food science in Lithuania. In 2012 KTU opened the first academic start-up incubator KTU Startup Space, where more than 70 startups were launched, including agrifood startups.

Cepelinai are made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry curd cheese or mushrooms. So named because their shape resembles that of a Zeppelin airship.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Lithuania
Kaunas University of Technology
National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre
Studentų g. 67, Kaunas, Lithuania

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Doubled number of interns in the 2nd edition of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships News

Doubled number of interns in the 2nd edition of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships

20 Sep 2019 We are more than proud to announce that this year, 50 students from 28 RIS countries have attended their internship projects