One of the most important economic sectors of the border region of Germany/Netherlands, farming and the food industry, is constantly under pressure to adapt in order to maintain its competitiveness on national and international markets. On both sides of the border it has become clear that the systematic combating of zoonoses and epizootics and the improving of food safety and quality are a key factor.
The large quantity of diseases caused by EHEC pathogens in 2011 gave reason to the project "e-H@C HUPAction". During the crisis it became clearly that there was a lack of cross-border communication and of an agreement upon the procedural method in case of an outbreak. This dutch-german project might give a new impulse to consumer protection, to public health care and the competitive ability of the agri-business. More information available on the German and Dutch websites.
Frucht macht Schule
This project, promoted within the framework of the NRW-EU Ziel 2 agenda “regional competitive ability and employment 2007-2013 (EFRE)”, is coordinated by GIQS. It has a capacity of about one million Euros. In cooperation with the University of Bonn (FoodNetCenter Bonn, Kompetenzzentrum Gartenbau) the current supply system of the EU-Schulobstprogramm in NRW will be qualitatively analyzed.
The project SiLeBAT is focussing on contamination in the food chain caused by bioterrorism and/or agroterrorism. These damages might endanger the population directly via infected food or indirectly via contaminated livestock.
Aim of the project „Economic Vaccination“ is to prepare livestock farmers in the Dutch-German border for the consequences arising from vaccination in case of epidemic deseases and to protect them from economic disadvantages. More information available on the German and Dutch websites.
QUARISMA represented an interdisciplinary and intersectoral co-operation in a European main area of meat production, which is reaching from the Netherlands to Germany.
The objective of Q-PorkChains was to develop innovative, integrated and sustainable food production chains of high quality pork products matching consumer demands, by development and testing of advanced and multi-disciplinary approaches for identification, characterisation, prediction, and control of the quality of pork and pork products in different stages of the pork chain in diverse production systems.
GIQS took the role as “SME Liaison Office”, to inform Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) throughout entire Europe about the development and results of Q-PorkChains and to support their involvement in project activities.
The establishment of the network was funded by Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) (module: network projects) of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
The research network FIN-Q.NRW was chosen as one of seven winners at the end of 2008 within the framework of the competition "Cluster Ernährung NRW", a food processing initiative sponsored by the German Ministry of the Climate, Environment, Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (MKUNLV).
The networking project is primarily designed to improve competitiveness and innovative economic power in animal husbandry cooperatives (Viehverwertungsgenossenschaften – VVG) and producer communities (Erzeugergemeinschaften – EZG) which generally have small and medium-sized structures.
The cross border development and testing of effective tools for prevention and control of animal diseases is the stated objective of the project group “Managing risks”. German and Dutch experts from facilities operating in the private and public sectors are working together.
is an Interreg IIIC Initiative for an RFO to promote the "Stable to table" approach in European Regional development.
GIQS in fruit and vegetable chains
Trans border project to strengthen chain wide quality assurance systems in fruits and vegetable production in one of the centers of European fruits and vegetable production, the Euregio Rhine-Maas-North.
GIQS in food processing SMEs
Assuring food quality by effective self control. A cross border project sets up a network of small and medium-sized food processing companies who collaborate in improving their quality management systems.