Basque Know How Foundation and NEIKER-Tecnalia sign a collaboration agreement for the development of R&D+i projects
Basque Know How Foundation and NEIKER-Tecnalia sign a collaboration agreement for the development of R&D+i projects NEIKER TECNALIA will bring knowledge, resources and specialized personnel for the tasks of analysis and implementation of the keys to the Basque model of sustainable human development, which the “Basque know how Foundation” (BKHF) works with directly.
Through the collaboration agreement signed today by Lorea Uribarri, director of Basque Know How Foundation, and Leire Barañano, general director of NEIKER-Tecnalia, the technology center, with its knowledge, means, and specialized personnel, is committed to contributing to the tasks of analysis and implementation of the Basque model of sustainable human development that the “Basque Know How Foundation” works on.
NEIKER-Tecnalia aims to contribute to innovation and technology transfer projects, share good practices with the BKHF and collaborate in the areas of production and plant health, as well as the specialized areas of NEIKER and R&D+i projects of interest for the introduction of innovation in the wine sector of Euskadi. For its part, Basque Know How Foundation will support the promotion of the varieties of NEIKER-Tecnalia, will give visibility to the projects undertaken by both entities, and will make areas for experimentation available to the technological cultivation center.
The collaborative project has its origins four years ago when the prestigious chef Eneko Atxa – whose Azurmendi restaurant has three Michelin stars – and his team contacted this technological center in search of tools to improve farming systems. As a result, they designed a research space that represented the work of local producers where new cultivation techniques were incorporated. NEIKER has also provided a sample of its germplasm bank, or seed bank, which is on exhibit at Azurmendi. They have carried out consultancy work in tasks of selection and gardening rotation provide seeds from varieties developed by the technological center, such as potato, tomato, pepper, etc.
This agreement will reinforce the value chain that contributes to the model of sustainable development that both entities defend.
About Basque Know How Foundation
Basque Know How Foundation (BKHF) was created to disseminate a Sustainable Development Model nationally and internationally, taking the Basque model as a reference, understanding as such “the set of initiatives, decisions, and projects that have allowed Basque society to present itself as a successful and sustainable example of transformation”. BKHF has the vocation of participating in projects that study the cultural values of this model and issues that may affect Basque society in the future by stimulating coordination, innovation, collaboration, awareness, and creativity. In short, it seeks to contribute to the evolution of Basque society and open it up to new realities. Among his collaborators are the Azurmendi restaurant, Bizkaia Talent, Gorka Izagirre Winery, the Eneko restaurant, the University of the Basque Country, and NEIKER-Tecnalia.
NEIKER-Tecnalia, Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, is a non-profit public society attached to the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government. NEIKER-Tecnalia is committed to the following R&D+i objectives: Improve the productivity and competitiveness of agricultural production systems; develop and apply new management technologies on farms; and meet the quality and safety requirements of the agro-food processing industry, its products, and consumers. In addition to R&D+i projects, NEIKER-Tecnalia carries out actions in training and knowledge transfer through its own resources and infrastructures, as well as highly qualified personnel.