Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera

The Andalusian Institute of Agrarian and Fishing Research and Training is an Administrative Agency of the Andalusian Government, integrating a network of 19 research and training centers existing for over 40 years. It is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment and is related to the sector through the participation of 11 Professional organizations of the agricultural and fisheries in its Social Council.

The institute's mission is to contribute to the modernization of agriculture, fisheries and food of Andalusia and improving its competitiveness through research, innovation, technology transfer and training of professionals in these sectors. Therefore it designs integrated and innovative policies, focused through the lens of innovation, enabling the joint work of the productive sectors, professional groups, businessmen, entrepreneurs, scientists and academics around this common goal. It practices open innovation strategy, encouraging the participation of companies, partnering with universities, other organizations cooperating with the Maghreb countries and in Latin America and developing tools and methodologies to facilitate the flow of information between researchers and producers and vice versa.
Through its network of 18 research and training Centers, distributed throughout Andalusia, this Institute covers one of the largest agricultural areas in Europe. This network of researching centers counts with experienced researchers and technicians, as well as an important set of technical resources: germplasm banks (olive, strawberry, legumes,...), specialized laboratories, Agri-Food facilities, class-rooms, residences, libraries with important collections of scientific and technical literature, and more than 1,000 ha of experimental fields, that entirely cover the Andalusian agro-climatic conditions, and crops.

TRAFOON Successful Open Innovation case:

Dirfis Mushrooms in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) Germany developed dried mushroom products, naturally-enriched with vitamin D in a sustainable way using a innovative solar drying technology.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613912