Building sustainable food systems for farmers and consumers
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agroBRIDGES was born from the need to stimulate the adoption of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) in the European Union. SFSCs introduces key economic, social and environmental benefits for sustainable development, like:
- Rebalancing the market position of farmers and increasing their income.
- Better connecting farmers with consumers and reducing intermediaries.
- Meeting the societal demand of providing safe and quality local food.
- Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.
However, many farmers and consumers are still not tapping into their potential.
STAGE 1: Collection of data, analysis & development of the multi-actor framework
Our first step is to develop a multi-actor framework by building Multi-actor platforms (MAPs) in our focal regions and the Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG). MAPs will help us capture regional information and engage producers and consumers. The SRG will provide a forum to promote dialogue and collaborative learning between stakeholders at EU level. Once the framework is created, our second step is a combination of desk work, online surveys, face-to-face interviews and regional and pan-European workshops.. MAPs and SRG will be involved in project activites during the whole project duration.
STAGE 2: Development of a sustainability assessment model and multicriteria analysis framework for SFSCs
Based on the info gathered in the previous stage, we will build a sustainability assessment model for SFSC business models. The sustainability assessment model will be integrated in a multicriteria decision framework to serve as a decision support tool for producers. This framework will integrate all relevant decision aspects such as environmental, economic and social to support decision making. The sustainability assessment model and the multicriteria decision framework will be validated using real data from the focal regions of the project.
STAGE 3: agroBRIDGES Toolbox development
The Toolbox will connect producers and consumers, while also promoting a multi-actor dialogue towards the improvement of existing SFSCs and the establishment of new, introducing benefits for producers and consumers. In order to achieve such goals, tools such as decision support and other digital tools will be developed and delivered along with communication materials, trainings and workshops.
STAGE 4: agroBRIDGES Toolbox validation
Once the agroBRIDGES Toolbox has been developed, it will be time for us to test its suitability with the active participation of all the stakeholders involved. To do that, the validation will be conducted following a PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT approach. This approach will ensure the involvement of actors from all MAPs, leading to more than 400 people being engaged and benefiting from the use of the Toolbox.
STAGE 5. Roll out, replication and training
Once the validated version of the Toolbox is ready, we will roll it out across Europe. In parallel, we will launch a series of capacity building actions in the form of trainings and knowledge exchange events. The main activities of the project in this last stage include the publication of a user guide for the Toolbox, the organization of 12 knowledge transfer days, the delivery of a train-the-trainer programme and a pan-European peer learning event.
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