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
The first step is to develop the multi-actor framework by building the Multi-actor platforms (MAPs) for each Region and the Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG). MAPs will help agroBRIDGES partners to capture regional information and engage producers and consumers with the relevant regional actors. From the SRG side, it will provide a forum to promote dialogue and collaborative learning between stakeholders at EU level. Once the framework is created, the second step is a combination of desk work, online survey, 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 information gather in the previous phase, we will build a sustainability assessment model for collaborative SFSC business. Later, the sustainability assessment results will be integrated in the multicriteria decision framework to serve as a decision support tool for producers. The aim of this framework, done in a dashboard format, is to integrate all relevant decision aspects such as environmental, economic and social to support decision making. The final step will be the sustainability assessment model and multicriteria decision dashboard validation using real data from the European regions involved in the project.
STAGE 3: agroBRIDGES Toolbox development
The Toolbox will connect not only producers and consumers, but also it will promote a multi-actor dialogue towards the improvement of producer’s market position. In order to achieve such a goal, tools such as communication materials, trainings, IT tools and workshops will be developed.
STAGE 4: agroBRIDGES Toolbox validation development
Once the agroBRIDGES Toolbox has been developed, it is time to test its suitability among the stakeholders involved. To do that, the validation will be conducted following a PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT approach. It ensures an involvement of 96 actors from all MAPs plus 50-60 attendees per each regional event in each European region, meaning that 700 European citizens will be involved in the validation of agroBRIDGES Toolbox.
STAGE 5. Roll out, replication and training
Once the final version of the Toolbox is ready, we will replicate the Toolbox all over Europe. In addition, we will conduct capacity building actions through training and knowledge exchange. The main activities in this last stage of the project will be: the publication of a user guide to agroBRIDGES Toolbox, 12 knowledge transfer day (one per each Beacon Region), Train-the-trainer programme and Pan-European peer learning event.