Educating the next generation of professionals in the agrifood system


NEXTFOOD will drive the crucial transition to more sustainable and competitive agrifood and forestry systems development by designing and implementing education and training systems to prepare budding or already practicing professionals with competencies to push the green shift in our rapidly changing society. NEXTFOOD will challenge the linear view of knowledge transfer as a top-down process from research to advice and practice, and support the transition to more learner-centric, participatory, action-based and action-oriented education and learning in agrifood and forestry systems. In several pioneering case studies, covering agrifood and forestry systems in Europe, Asia and Africa, farmers solve real challenges related to sustainability together with researchers, students and other relevant stakeholders while developing both green technical skills and soft collaborative competencies. NEXTFOOD will assure quality in research and education by creating a peer-review system for evaluation of practice-oriented research outputs focusing on sustainability and practical usefulness. In addition, we will develop an international accreditation framework for education and training in fields relevant to sustainable agrifood and forestry systems. An innovative action research process will guide the NEXTFOOD project’s development in a cyclical manner, ensuring that the research process and actual case studies are ever-improving. This will exemplify how practice-oriented research can be instrumental to achieve: better collaboration between university and society, more innovation in the agrifood and forestry systems sector, and a progressive agrifood community ready to tackle complex sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Davide Viaggi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Dipartimento di Scienze Dell'Educazione "Giovanni Maria Bertin"
Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie

Sveriges Lantbruks Universitet -Slu- (Sweden)

Other Participants:
Centre International De Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Mediterraneennes (France)
Lunds Universitet (Ulund) (Sweden)
Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích (Czech Republic)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Agronutritional Consortium of the Region of Central Macedonia (Greece)
Universidad de Chile (Chile)
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. (Germany)
Norges Miljo-Og Biovitenskaplige Universitet (Norway)
Bioinstitut, o.p.s. (Czech Republic)
Professionshøjskolen Ucc - University College Capital (Denmark)
Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki-TECHNOLOGIKO EKPAIDEFTIKO IDRYMA THESSALONIKIS (Greece)
American Farm School Post Secondary Educational And Training Association (Greece)
Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (Italy)
Universitatea Din Oradea (Romania)
Sekem Development Foundation - Sdf (Egypt)
University Of Mekelle (Ethiopia)
ISEKI-Food Association (Austria)
Stiftelsen Skogsbrukets Forskningsinstitut - Skogforsk (Sweden)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 7.000.000,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/05/2018
End Date: 30/04/2022

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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 771738 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 771738