Food: Innovation and Diversification Paths

  • Kateřina Ciampi StančováEmail author
  • Alessio CavicchiEmail author


This chapter outlines food as a cross-sectoral economic activity, connecting different fields and stakeholders in several domains: tourism, health and well-being, bioeconomy, environment, safety and security, transportation and logistics, new technologies, among others. Examples, best practices and case studies are discussed as the main results of a thematic workshop entitled “Smart specialisation and food: food, gastronomy and bioeconomy as elements of regional innovation strategies” held at 2015 EXPO Milan in September 2015 when participants from several EU Countries reflected upon the issues of food innovation as a driver of smart regional growth, the role of public and private institutions in supporting agri-food priorities as well as differences in gastronomy culture and approaches. A huge diversity of partnerships exists for agricultural and food innovation, in terms of type, number of actors, innovation stage, geographical coverage and context. For this reason, the European Commission launched several initiatives to increase the potential of institutions such regional research and innovation brokers, university’s extension services and industrial liaison offices, and capacity building providers to integrate the fragmented world of farmers in structured but flexible innovation systems.


Food Gastronomy Place branding Sustainability Education Smart Specialisation Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Commission, JRCSevilleSpain
  2. 2.University of MacerataMacerataItaly

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