Mortadella of Bologna, Parma ham, balsamic vinegar of Modena, piadina romagnola (Italian flatbread) and Parmigiano Reggiano: these are just five of the 44 certified PDO (protected designation of origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) products present in Emilia-Romagna.
Agribusiness is a key sector of the country's economy and in particular of Emilia-Romagna, due to its high degree of specialization, the presence of numerous PDO and PGI products and a leading level of exports.
It represents one of the pillars of the Emilia-Romagna economy and it is a sector that manages to combine innovation and tradition, while at the same time able to offer employment and seize the opportunities guaranteed by regional strategies.
Using a common expression in community jargon, we can say that the sector covers the whole chain “from farm to fork” starting from agriculture in the strict sense up to the food industry in all its different forms, passing through mass production and typical products, including mechanics, logistics and packaging.
In Emilia-Romagna the opportunities for study, work and business in the field of agribusiness are strongly interrelated thanks to the presence of networks of different subjects (Higher Technology Network, Technopolis, Clust-ER, Startup) that are coordinated by ART-ER, in its role of "innovation accelerator" in the region.
The regional ecosystem of research and innovation can be divided in seven thematic sectors, for each of which it is possible to identify the laboratories of the Higher Technology Network, which are organizations capable of exploiting the results in: research for economic and social purposes; the Clust-ER; and private business associations, research centers, training institutions that share skills, ideas and resources to support the competitiveness of the sector they are managing.
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