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Discover the latest DIHs to have joined the Innovation Portal! 

TEAM Rural Academy - TEAM Rural

Digital Innovation Hub

TEAM Rural is an initiative focused on the development of rural / regional economic ecosystems. The emphasis of development is based on digitalisation being a catalysts for engagement and Internationalisation of existing and new enterprises.

Southeast Digital Innovation Hub

Digital Innovation Hub

Competence Center


The Southeast Digital Innovation Hub (Digihub.BG) supports the development of the data-driven economy in the southeastern region in Bulgaria.

Investing in gender equality: the future of SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce

Join the SmartAgriHubs workshop during our final event on day two to find out about the future of the SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce.

The raison d'être of SmartAgriHubs is inclusive and exponential Agri-digital community and network building, showcasing Agri-digital innovation which leads to more sustainable and competitive European agriculture. In the past 4 years, the SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce set out the path for the wider agri-tech community, expanding beyond the project.

Through communication campaigns, events, and synergies with other H2020 projects and policy-makers, the SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce highlighted the importance of

  • Investing capital in women-led innovative tech projects
  • Investing resources in training and educating
  • Investing time & labour to change our processes and structures.

In this session, the SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce will present:

  • Our milestones and achievements, by Marlijn Henskens
  • Changing the Face of Agritech, a brainstorm session facilitated by Margaux Plurien and Cynthia Giagnocavo
  • The future of the Gender Taskforce by Lorena van de Kolk


SmartAgriHubs Gender Taskforce

Agriculture Innovations by Women Farmers

Join the COPA-COGECA workshop during the final event on day two to learn about Agriculture Innovations by Women Farmers.

16:00-16:10 | Setting the Scene

Branwen Miles, Senior Policy Advisor, COPA-COGECA

16:10-16:40 | Panel Debate

  • Diana Lenzi, President, European Council of Young Farmers-CEJA
  • Hanna Chodkowska, Vice-Chair, COPA-COGECA Women’s Committee
  • Karolina Menclova, Managing Director, Czech-Moravian Association of Agricultural Entrepreneurs-ČMSZP

16:40-16:55 | Questions & Answers

16:55-17:00 | End of the Workshop

Workshop Organiser:

COPA-COGECA - Branwen Miles (Senior Policy Advisor)

Addressing gender inequality in the agri sector: an inclusive value chain

Don’t forget to check out the workshop by DEMETER on gender inequality in the agri sector on day three of the final event!

The European agricultural sector is undeniably facing several challenges including an ageing population and gender inequality. Only 28.7% of farm managers are women while on a wider scale, women’s gross hourly earnings are on average 16.2% below those of men in the European Union (EU-28). Furthermore, women have a lower adoption rate of agricultural technologies than men. Research suggests that this is not due to gender but gender-differentiated factors such as having less access to capital and owning smaller farms. This workshop will address gender inequality in the Agri sector from several different perspectives:

Farmer level - Female farmer participating in DEMETER to talk about her experiences

Policy level - World Farmers’ Organisation Policy Executive to talk about what can be done at the policy level

Technology level – Experience from a female-led agritech entrepreneur

Project level – What is happening in EU projects to support gender inclusivity?

Research – How can gender-inclusive research support agriculture?

Conclusion – to dos by attendees to support

Workshop Organiser:


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Agri-Food Cooperative Women of Spain

The Association of Agri-Food Cooperative Women of Spain, AMCAE, was created from the identification made in the framework of the Integra Project (2011-2013). It reflected the limited role and level of participation of (Spanish) women farmers and livestock breeders in agri-food cooperatives. The corrective measures proposed as a result of this finding are aimed at balancing and promoting the level of participation of women in cooperatives, as well as highlighting the need to create networks of women in the sector, to facilitate the sharing of objectives, challenges and lines of action.  

Therefore, among AMCAE's objectives are the promotion, articulation and defence of the integration of women associates in agricultural cooperatives or societies of agricultural transformation, as well as their economic, political and socio-cultural participation. In order to contribute to these objectives, projects will be carried out in which, in addition, the aim is to encourage the visualization of women in the rural environment, to combat inequality between men and women, and to promote their access to training, innovation, technology and education. 

In order to meet the objectives set, AMCAE has developed a program of actions of special interest to promote the role of women in rural development under the title "Women in Agri-food Cooperatives: Guaranteeing Territorial Sustainability and Advancing the Rural Environment". 

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