Think global,
eat local

Sustainable Food Systems

FoodE aims to accelerate the growth of sustainable and resilient City/Region Food Systems (CRFS) by bringing together citizen-led local food initiatives across Europe. FoodE seeks to build a “Think global, eat local” mindset with a view to addressing pressing global challenges that threaten food security, while boosting the local economy.


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03 September 2020

One of the principal aims of FoodE project is to develop local food systems able to meet the needs of their users. To do this, such systems needs to be designed together with the people who use them.

17 August 2020, Turku, Finland

In the context of the SPPS PhD Student Conference which will take place in Turku, Finland as on 2-4 September 2020, FoodE will organise the workshop "How to bring innovation in City/Region Food Systems?"

07 July 2020

On 02-03 July FoodE partners met online for 2 days full of stimulating discussions and presentations in the context of the project’s Steering Committee meeting.

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September 2020
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  • Sabadelli29 September 2020 - 01 October 2020Urban Agriculture 2020, 2nd International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City SustainabilityThe Urban Agriculture conference will focus on the way cities could embed these new approaches and initiatives to help improve social cohesion, health and wellbeing.
  • Louverné, France09 October 2020 - 11 October 2020Le Salon de l’Aquaponie, de l'Aquaculture et de l'Hydroponie écologiquesLe Salon de l’Aquaponie, de l’Aquaculture et de l’Hydrophonie écologiques will shed light on various innovative and emerging agricultural techniques including ecological aquaculture, mushroom cultivation on coffee grounds, spirulina production, insect breeding, sustainable beekeeping, microgreens, and much more. This event will bring together relevant players in the world of aquaponics and ecological hydroponics throughout France. A specific focus will be placed on the emerging role of micro farms. Please note that this event will be mainly in French.
  • Novo mesto, Slovenia15 October 2020 - 16 October 2020World Food Day 2020“We cultivate, feed, preserve. Together. " World Food Days have been with us for 41 years and we are slowly changing our perception of food and its supply. Every year, at least on this day, we remember the food in a very targeted way.
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For You

“Think global, eat local” is the driver behind FoodE. FoodE will act as an exchange platform where public authorities, citizens, academia, SMEs and non-profit organizations can share ideas, best practices and tools with a view to supporting cities and regions in their transition towards innovative, sustainable food systems.



At the heart of FoodE are local, citizen-led communities that will identify success stories, and bridge these for knowledge exchange. The duration of the FoodE will be 48 months, starting by 1st February 2020. Within FoodE, 15 pilot projects with local partners will be launched in 12 European cities/regions: Napoli, Bologna, Sabadell, Tenerife, Amsterdam, Lansingerland, Berlin, Oslo, Longyearbyen, Romainville, Iasi and Ljubljana. The pilot projects showcase promising socio-environmental case studies.


For New

FoodE is a comprehensive project, which embraces all domains regarding food, food systems, food production and consumption. Within FoodE, several activities and actions will take place; from the (rooftop)gardens, farms and greenhouses all the way to You. Our partners will provide a collection of various, informative and interesting materials. Shift your knowledge by reading a blog or taste FoodE in all its shapes and colours via beautiful videos and photos.


FoodE Smartphone App

The initiatives will combine state of the art technologies with innovative social systems and business models. A smartphone app will allow interactive communication between innovative citizen-led food system stakeholders and evaluation of the sustainability impact of food producers and food consumers. That way, FoodE is improving local food initiatives both in theory and practice.


Project Partners

FoodE is led by the University of Bologna. The project brings together a highly qualified consortium of 24 organizations. It comprises universities, research institutes, SMEs, NGOs, as well as city councils spread across 8 EU countries.

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