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

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.

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