Smart Specialisation and the Agri-food System
This chapter discusses the smart specialisation concept and the role of regional stakeholders in the agri-food sector as well as explores agri-food domain within the context of smart specialisation. Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) is the new policy approach to regional development and regional innovation strategy built on strengths, potentials, capacities, critical mass and expertise. Internationalisation of smart specialisation is a context within which regions should be able to identify domains for (present and future) competitive advantage, and relevant linkages and flows of goods, services and knowledge that reveal possible opportunities for collaboration with other regions. According to the Eye@RIS3 database, agri-food-related priorities are one of the most prominent priority areas selected by EU countries and regions. Specifically, three in four regions selected an agri-food-related priority and one in five priorities reported by countries and regions focus on agro-food and technologies. Finally, the chapter provides examples from different regions in Europe that have identified agri-food as their smart specialisation priority.
KeywordsEntrepreneurial Discovery Process Smart specialisation Internationalisation Global value chains Agrifood Food systems
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