Food Screening EMR is an Interreg V Euregio Meuse-Rhine aimed at supporting regional agrifood SMEs in their transition to a more sustainable, future-proof business model. The project will focus on three separate domains: the integration of sensor technology into the agricultural value chains, the building food and health claims to improve product placement and the investigation of new cultivation techniques that yield healthier food crops. Food Screening EMR is financially supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the Province of Limburg (the Netherlands), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the State Government (Landesregierung) of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
In this project Yookr will collaborate with 4 universities (Universiteit Maastricht (main partner of the project), UHasselt, RWTH Aachen and University of Liège), with IMEC vzw and other regional SME ZUMOlab GmbH to develop a handheld platform for the on-site detection of nutrients. This will provide end-users with valuable insights on how to implement this sensor technology, amongst others, into the agricultural value chain. The Food Claims Centre Venlo and UM’s Plant Envirogenetics group will collaborate with BASF Vegetable Seeds and Brightlands Campus Greenport to help SMEs by teaching them how to integrate new cultivation methods to create healthier food crops and make food and health claims on these products to improve their product placement in the market.
To ensure that all activities in the project are relevant for the euregional agrifood industry, the consortium contains strategic partners from the field such as Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo and BASF Vegetable Seeds. In addition, local SMEs and bigger enterprises that seek support in any of the three domains covered by the consortium can join the User Group and help to steer the activities in the different work packages.
Yookr is already active in an Interreg project called AgrEUfood. The software platform developed by Yookr within AgrEUfood will form the basis for the dashboard application that needs to be developed within Food Safety EMR. In this way, the project gets a kickstart and the continuity of both projects is promoted.