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SUSFOOD

ERA-NET on sustainable food production and consumption

Start date 1 December 2011
End date 30 November 2014
Duration 36 months
Programme acronym FP7-KBBE
Website www.susfood-era.net
Total costs 2,327,438
Contribution by EC 1,999,320
Coordinator
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Contact person Beatrice Darcy-Vrillon
Participants
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Fisheries
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Federal Office of Agriculture and Food
Jülich Research Centre
Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
University of Copenhagen
Ministry of Rural Affairs
Basque Foundation for Agro-Food Safety
National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology
Regional Development Agency in the Murcia region
MTT Agrifood Research Finland
Ministry of Agriculture And Forestry
Association of Technical Coordination for Food Industry
French National Research Agency
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Research Council of Norway
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
National Centre for Research and Development
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Technology Strategy Board

Participants

26

Countries

16

Calls

2

Projects

15

Objective

Susfood is the acronym for SUStainable FOOD production and consumption. Susfood defines sustainability in the food area as a food system that supports food security, makes optimal use of natural and human resources and respects biodiversity and ecosystems for present and future generations, which is culturally acceptable and accessible, environmentally sound and economically fair and viable, and which provides the consumer with nutritionally adequate, safe, healthy and affordable food.

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Susfood is the acronym for SUStainable FOOD production and consumption. Susfood defines sustainability in the food area as a food system that supports food security, makes optimal use of natural and human resources and respects biodiversity and ecosystems for present and future generations, which is culturally acceptable and accessible, environmentally sound and economically fair and viable, and which provides the consumer with nutritionally adequate, safe, healthy and affordable food.

As an ERA-NET, Susfood aims at increasing cooperation and synergy between the European partners and at defining common future perspectives in sustainable food production and consumption and will set up a European strategic research agenda. In addition, Susfood aims at enhancing collaboration and coordination between national and regional research programmes.

Thanks to the identification of research priorities, gaps and opportunities, and a study of future research needs, Susfood will have positive impacts on European research. By means of two open calls (in 2013 and 2014), sustainability oriented food chain projects will be supported, in order to allow the European research area to be in the lead in sustainable food production, supply and consumption. Susfood includes the entire food supply chain with main focus on food chain sustainability beyond the farm gate. It will cover processing, packaging, transport, retailing, food services, storage and consumer activities.
Susfood promotes a multi-disciplinary approach from biology to food engineering and social sciences and tends towards the following socio-economic goals:

• To develop sustainable food systems from production to consumption.
• To Increase food production sustainability while reducing waste in food supply chain and limiting environmental damages.
• To improve quality of life by improving food quality in a sustainable way and the resilience of the food supply chain.
• To encourage consumers to act in a more sustainable way.
• To improve competitiveness and economic growth in the European food industry with special attention to SMEs.

Mapping

To achieve these points, the consortium has developed an efficient framework with concrete actions.

• Construct an overview of the existing research. An overview of the existing research will be achieved by means of an open web based archive, named the Meta Knowledge Base (MKB). The analysis of the current research will enable formulating synergies, gaps and overlaps in European research and will form the basis for formulating future research needs. Finally, the process will resul...

To achieve these points, the consortium has developed an efficient framework with concrete actions.

• Construct an overview of the existing research. An overview of the existing research will be achieved by means of an open web based archive, named the Meta Knowledge Base (MKB). The analysis of the current research will enable formulating synergies, gaps and overlaps in European research and will form the basis for formulating future research needs. Finally, the process will result in the supporting of corresponding research topics.
Susfood encourages researchers from research institutes, universities and industries to post their research projects in the database, which is freely accessible and can be found on the Susfood website (www.susfood-era. net). Among the benefits for researchers is that the MKB forms a unique platform for researchers to exchange information and to expand networks.

• Develop a transnational strategic research agenda (SRA). Based on identified medium to long-term needs the SRA will describe in detail the key research priorities within the field of sustainable food production and consumption. The SRA will establish a joint agenda for European food research and will be the foundation for transnational calls that will deepen the cooperation between national research programmes. It will also be a useful tool for building long-term transnational collaboration.

• Launch Transnational Calls. Two calls for research proposals will be implemented. At first, the demonstration of the feasibility of joint activities in some areas relevant to the project is needed. This will be achieved by developing instruments, mechanisms and processes needed to implement transnational funding activities, like call procedures, documents and also a call secretariat. The first call has been launched in February 2013. The second call is expected in January 2014.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
SUSFOOD - 2013 15 Feb 2013 18 9 9,689,000
SUSFOOD - 2014 1 Feb 2014 15 6 5,700,000
 
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