International ZIM Cooperation Network for Decentralized, Intelligent Agro-Environmental Management Systems

Chile is one of the most liberal economies worldwide and functions as a kind of role model in Latin America.

Besides this, Chile also is one of the 30 countries worldwide – and number one in Latin America –  that will suffer the most from water stress by 2025.

The food industry represents the second important sector of the country, right following the mining industry, and representing approximately 4% of the national GDP.

Main export products in the grocery industry are: grapes, avocados, blueberry, apples, other fresh fruits, dried fruits, preserved products and wine.

Chile is benefitting from its geographical location and yields the crop when there is no production in Europe and North America, due to winter.

International Cooperation Network

The International Cooperation Network aims to promote an easy transformation of R&D results into market-relevant innovations. Therefore the focus is on an increased market-oriented research, development and technological innovations of mid-sized companies as well as on the reduction of technical and economical risks related to R&D projects.

Moreover, the Network aims to foster the collaboration between companies and research institutes and the overall technology transfer.

In general, the programme intends to increase the innovation and cooperation potential of SMEs and their collaboration in innovation networks.

The geographical focus of the Cooperation Network, which is led by iBDC Group, is on the Chilean market, especially on the Chilean pomiculture and viniculture.

Chile persuades as being a stable and advanced country within Latin America. The country can be especially characterised by a strong export orientation, experiences in the tourism sector, a convincing international commitment for the environment, a global interconnection, high transparency including low corruption rates in international rankings and a highly competitive standing within the region.

The agricultural sector is the second important branch when looking at the export activities of Chile. It is mainly characterised by fishery, farming, sylviculture, vegetables, fruits and wines as well as animal produces.

Approximately 24% of Chilean agricultural exports go to the European Union. Germany ranks ninth within the EU.

The agricultural sector has to meet international standards in order to hold up with global competition.

Moreover, the Chilean government is facing some quite ambitious objectives regarding the national energy politics and a gentle handling of natural resources such as water.

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