CO-creating sustainable and competitive FRuits and vEgetableS’ value cHains in Europe


Starting from current best practices and key success factors observed and analysed in innovative value chains and the state of the art in technological and non-technological approaches, CO-FRESH proposes to develop techniques, tools and insights for the re-design of agri-food value chains. Through collaborative and systemic approaches, the tools and formats will be applied in 7 pilot cases representing diverse fruit and vegetables agri-food value chains (including protein crops for food and feed) across Europe. CO-FRESH will use the Intervention Research approach to study models of collective innovation action within and across organisations. The CO-FRESH consortium brings together key actors from pilot agri-food value chains; actors’ associations (farmers, food producers, cooperatives, consumers); experts in technological (including digital) solutions and non-technological (including social, organizational, and institutional) solutions; as well as experts in environmental, social, economic sustainability, and in consumer’s acceptance. The main objective of CO-FRESH is to (re)design and pilot innovative systemic approaches to agri-food value chains to scale up this innovation at European level. These innovative approaches will improve economic, social and environmental performance/efficiency of these value chains, through smart integration of technological, social, organisational, managerial and institutional innovations; all of which serve to make them more sustainable.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Lucia Vannini

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Centro Nacional De Tecnologia Y Seguridad Alimentaria (Cnta)(Spain)

Other Participants:
Wu Wageningen Universiteit (Netherlands)
Stichting Food Valley (Netherlands)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Bioeconomy Cluster (Slovak Republic)
Chambre Regionale D'Agriculture Des Pays De La Loire (France)
Kislepteku Termekeloallitok Es Szolgaltatok Orszagos Erdekkepviseletenek Egyesulete-National Union For Representing The Interests Of Small Enterprises (Hungary)
Warsaw University Of Life Sciences - Sggw (Poland)
Association Européenne du Commerce de Fruits et de Légumes-EUCOFEL AISBL (Belgium)
Actalia Association (France)
Future Intelligence Erevna Tilepikinoniakon Ke Pliroforiakon Systimaton Epe (Greece)
Confagricoltura-Confederazione Generale dell’Agricoltura Italiana (Italy)
Okologiai Mezogazdasagi Kutatointezet Kozhasznu Nonprofit Kft (Hungary)
Gerace Maria Caterina (Italy)
Centre De Recerca En Economia I Desenvolupament Agroalimentari-Upc-Irta (Spain)
Florette Iberica Sl (Spain)
Communaute Europeenne Des Cooperatives De Consommateurs-Euro Coop (Belgium)
Innogestiona Ambiental Sl (Spain)
Universität Hohenheim (Germany)
Enco Srl (Italy)
Stowarzyszenie Polskich Sadowników Ekologicznych Polski Ekoowoc (Poland)
Coexphal-Asociacion De Organizaciones De Productores De Frutas Y Hortalizas Dealmeria (Spain)
Cooperatives Europe (Belgium)
Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
Pilze-Nagy Kereskedelmi Es Szolgaltato Kft (Hungary)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 6.992.304,00
Project Duration in months: 42
Start Date: 01/10/2020
End Date: 31/03/2024

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000852 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000852