TP Organics is the EuropeanTechnology Platform (ETP) for organic food and farming research. It integrates views of the organic sector and civil society to represent a broad perspective on research and development priorities that can leverage organic food and farming’s potential to address contemporary challenges.As other European Technology Platforms (ETP) TP Organics plays a key role in highlighting where the focus of research and development funding should be placed.
TP Organics was initiated in 2007 with the aim to identify the research priorities in organic sector, as research is fundamental factor to find solutions to social challenges, development of the sector and innovations. It is the first and only one Technology Platform that deals in particular with organic agriculture and food production.
One of the cornerstones of TP Organics is to engage involvement of stakeholders along the whole food supply chain, including consumers, in determining the needs of research in organic sector. From the very beginning TP Organics is fully opened to wide range of stakeholders, especially to civil society, farmers, and SMEs which are often neglected by other ETPs and in research in general.
The mission of TP Organics is to strengthen research & innovation for organic and other agroecological approaches that contribute to sustainable food and farming systems. It unites large companies, small & medium enterprises, researchers, farmers, consumers, and civil society organisations active in the organic value chain from production, input & supply to food processing, marketing and consumption.
It also identifies the research needs of the organic and agroecological sector and relays research priorities to policymakers in Europe and beyond and informs its members funding opportunities for research & innovation and promote knowledge exchange between farmers, companies, and researchers.
TP Organics currently is made up of 131 members, reaching 5.8 million farmers and 20 million citizens.