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Promoting sustainability of food production

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Promoting sustainability in food production is a complex and multi-faceted challenge that requires a concerted effort from various stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and industry organisations. To achieve this goal, it is important to provide in-depth and scientifically sound answers to some key questions.

How do differences in business models, land use changes, and governance systems explain variations in socio-economic, food security, and environmental impacts of food production? How can we guarantee maximum transparency of food value chains through monitoring models and tools? How can we monitor food policies and assess their sustainability impact? And, what are the best strategies for ensuring knowledge transfer and technological innovation in the small and medium-sized enterprise ecosystem?

The research activities of Work Package 1.1, which are dedicated to investigating the best strategies for promoting sustainability in food production, will address these macro-questions.

Task and deliverables

Task 1.1.1.

Analysis of sustainable governance and organisational models: a) building the most suitable governance models, b) interorganisational relationships and formal / informal networks for managing and promoting sustainable practices and relationships along the value chains, rural and urban areas, and food environments to enable equitable access to food

Task 1.1.2.

Sustainable accountancy and accountability approaches for selected value chains with definition of tools, indicators, and data (primary and secondary) for measuring sustainability, short and long-distance value chains, and food environments (e.g., Life Cycle Assessment, CHG protocol, Risk-Benefit Assessment, Local Multiplier3, FAO-SAFA).

Task 1.1.3.

Impact assessment and evaluation of food policy: identification of European, national, and regional past and future food and tradepolicy scenarios affecting food environment sustainability (in connection with Spoke 7).

Task 1.1.4.

Knowledge transfer and innovation strategies towards technological transfer actions, including dissemination and adoption of sustainable and energy-saving in food SMEs.

Milestones

M1.1.1.

List of sustainable governance models and inter-organisational relationships from which to develop good practices to improve the sustainability and efficiency of food value chains and food environments (M18)

M1.1.2.

List of environmental, social, and economic sustainability indicators for the analysis of value chains, food environments and local food systems and methodologies for their accounting and reporting (M12)

M1.1.3.

List of past and potential impacts in relation to legal, technological, and environmental scenarios impacting on the sustainability of food systems (M36)

M1.1.4.

List of innovations that can be transferred to the downstream stages of long distance and local value chains in order to increase their sustainability and resilience and list of product types and product sectors under analysis (M36).