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.
After our kick-off event in Bologna on 13-14 February, we are now officially launching FoodE’s online presence!
The ever-growing world population, the increased urbanisation, and the depletion of natural resources put pressure on global food security. Combined with the effect of climate change, our food supply is at risks and food chains face challenges.
The Horizon 2020 research project FoodE develops solutions to improve the sustainability of local food systems. The project’s activities could help equip City/Region Food Systems (CRFS) with the capacity to withstand the challenges stemming from the Covid-19 outbreak. To assess the implications of the pandemic on food systems, FoodE prepares a comprehensive policy paper.
“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.
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.
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.
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.