The EIP is a new European instrument driving research policy and the CAP and is designed to support partnerships between key players in development, agricultural education, farmers, researchers and businesses. In doing so it reflects recent changes in thinking at international institutions, which see agricultural innovation less as a product of research and knowledge transfer and more as the result of interactions between players in more or less formal networks. What could be the EIP contribution to the French innovation system, which is characterised by solid public institutions? This analysis identifies the opportunities it offers, both at a local level and by bringing various innovative networks together on a European scale. The EIP also presents several challenges, however, and will prompt key players to review their roles and strategies.
The notes published in the CEP Analyses series are 4 to 8 pages evaluative or prospective briefs aimed at the general public. Based on research reports, studies, expert opinions or data analysis and statistics, they propose an overview of a topical issue and favor comparative approaches.