This programme is aimed at transforming the agri-food sector into a greener, more sustainable, healthy and digital environment by bridging the gap between scientific discovery, technology development and implementation. In particular, the parties express their willingness to identify, where applicable, as areas of future collaboration for the development of the programme the following lines of action (LA):
- LA-1: Promoting sustainable primary production systems, based on nature and the environment, adapted to climate change.
- LA-2: Developing innovative and sustainable food production systems that cover the needs of consumers and society in the context of a more nutritious and healthy diet with a lower environmental impact, ensuring food safety and, at the same time, creating opportunities for new businesses.
- LA-3: Providing intelligence, efficiency, and, therefore, sustainability to each of the stages and key players in the agri-food chain, including R&D&I entities, through the use and development of cutting-edge technologies.
- LA-4: Reducing losses, emissions and waste generated by the sector, generating opportunities for use and win/win processes in their management and increasing the circularity of the sector.
- LA-5: Transferring generated knowledge and solutions, facilitating the testing and upscaling of solutions, targeting innovators and early adopters, and obtaining market feedback and market needs to guide and improve the research and generated solutions.
- LA-6: Improving the scientific and innovative capacity of research teams in the field of agri-food to maintain and strengthen their leadership and cutting-edge position in the national and international context.
- LA-7: Making the agri-food sector and society aware of the scientific and technical advances generated in the programme's lines of action, promoting the adoption of innovation and thereby optimising the scientific, technological, social and economic impact of the programme.
The programme was initially launched with the collaboration of the Autonomous Communities of La Rioja, Region of Murcia, Valencia, Aragón and the Autonomous Community of Navarra by signing a framework agreement with the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Subsequently, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura and the Principality of Asturias joined following the Agreement of the Council for Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy of 22 June 2022.