Towards Innovation - driven and smart solutions in short food supply chains


Short food supply chains (SFCs) play an important role to improve competitiveness and act as a model to increase transparency, trust, equity and growth throughout the agro-food chain. SFCs are very varied in nature and practice along Europe, their function and success of innovations dependent upon different regional conditions. Eighteen case studies representing widespread SFC models with remarkable social, economic and ecological impacts on rural, peri-urban and urban communities will be analysed. The analysis will take place both at regional level, in nine Innovation and Collaboration Hubs located in France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland as well as at a European-wide level. The case studies encompass agro-food products with strong links to EU markets in terms of production, consumption, distribution and their impacts on local communities. Based on the case studies, the project will assess the barriers, bottlenecks, success factors, and potentials of innovations along SFCs in different countries of Europe. The comparison will offer insights into the role of region specific, policy specific, consumer behaviour specific and culturalcivil society specific factors in the development and operation of innovations within the agro-food SFCs. This will enable us to explore the functions and to pinpoint the success parameters and indicators of innovations at different levels in relation to regional conditions and their future performance. Business and policy recommendations will be developed to assure a governance structure and framework that is regionally adapted, thus enabling the respective innovations to most effectively support sustainable agro-food value chains, improving farmer’s income, acting against rural depopulation and establishing resilience on regional, European and International markets.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Diana Di Gioia

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

Universität Hohenheim(Germany)

Other Participants:
Zala Termálvölgye Egyesület (Hungary)
Gabinete De Gestion Integral De Recursos Sl (Spain)
La Trufa de Álava, S. Coop. (Spain)
University Of Belgrade (Serbia)
Biofruits SA (Switzerland)
European Food Information Council (Belgium)
Association Européenne du Commerce de Fruits et de Légumes-EUCOFEL AISBL (Belgium)
Solidarische Landwirtschaft Ev (Germany)
Kislepteku Termekeloallitok Es Szolgaltatok Orszagos Erdekkepviseletenek Egyesulete-National Union For Representing The Interests Of Small Enterprises (Hungary)
Università degli Studi di TORINO (Italy)
Wu Wageningen Universiteit (Netherlands)
Amped Concepts BV (Netherlands)
Brandt en Levie BV (Netherlands)
Fundacion Azti (Spain)
Fooddrink Europe (Belgium)
Copa (Belgium)
Panepistimio Kritis (Greece)
Cooperatives-Customers Of Organic Products Gaea (Greece)
Campden Bri Magyarorszag Nonprofit Kft. (Hungary)
Besson Chevrement Bon (Switzerland)
Actia- Association De Coordination Technique Pour L'Industrie Agroalimentaire (France)
Centre Technique De La Conservationdes Produits Agricoles (France)
Roduit Christophe (France)
Organic Services Gmbh (Germany)
Allotropon Syn. Pe. (Greece)
Centro Internazionale Di Alti Studi Agronomici Mediterranei - Bari (Ciheam) (Italy)
Stichting Nederlands Bakkerij Centrum (Netherlands)
Udruzenje Kompanija Za Preradu Vocai Povrca Kraljevo-Association Of Companies For Fruit And Vegetables Processing (Serbia)
Institut Za Fiziku (Serbia)
Polo-Cacak (Serbia)
ISEKI-Food Association (Austria)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Alce Nero Spa (Italy)
Fundacion Citoliva, Centro De Innovacion Y Tecnologia Del Olivar Y Del Aceite (Spain)
Fundacion Lantegi Batuak (Spain)
Eidgenoessisches Departement Fuer Wirtschaft, Bildung Und Forschung (Switzerland) Nonprofit Ltd. (Hungary)
Arvaia Societa' Cooperativa Agricola (Italy)
Confagricoltura-Confederazione Generale dell’Agricoltura Italiana (Italy)
Lega Regionale delle Cooperative e Mutue-Legacoop Puglia (Italy)
Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen (Germany)
Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.998.373,75
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/09/2018
End Date: 31/08/2021

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773785