WildFood : Eating the wild: improving the value chain of Mediterranean Wild Food Products (WFP)

Project identifier 232-WILDFOOD
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2020-07-01
End date 2023-06-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Methodologies for food safety issues
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Global value chains and markets
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme PRIMA
    Keyword wild food products (WFP); agro-food value chain; marketing strategies
    Location Spain; Portugal; Slovenia; Italy; Tunisia; Algeria
    Budget 814 220
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)
    Partners
  • Prodeca (Promotora dels aliments catalans)
  • Institut national de recherche forestière (INRF)
  • NABATIA (Entreprise d'extraction d'huiles essentielles médicinales)
  • University of Padua
  • Lisbon School of Agriculture (ISA)
  • Cooperativa de Usuários Freixo do Meio, C.R.L.
  • Slovenian Forestry Institute
  • National Research Institute of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests (INRGREF)
  • Agricultural Extension & Training Agency (AVFA)
  • Documents PRIMA funded projects 2019

    Description

    Context
    Mediterranean wild and semi-wild food products (WFP) have unique and exclusive
    properties which are strongly connected to the local economies, rural livelihoods,
    provision of ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, traditional knowledge,
    territorial identity, gastronomy and other cultural values. A significant share
    of local population at both sides of the Mediterranean harvest and consume WFP,
    but their full commercial potential is yet to be unlocked. Moreover, WFP sector is
    mainly formed by small actors, especially the producers, who are disaggregated
    in rural areas and disconnected among them. Also, the interaction with other sectors
    is almost inexistent. In most cases their possibilities for innovation are low,
    thus affecting the quality and safety of the products and leading to unequal final
    incomes, basically with poor income for the primary stages actors.
     
    Objectives
    The overall aim of WildFood is to promote the implementation of joint innovative
    strategies by involving different actors of the WFP value-chain in the Mediterranean
    area, focusing on selected products (mushrooms, truffles, pine nuts & Aleppo
    pine seeds, aromatic plants, acorns and berries) in view of improving their quality
    and safety controls and sustainability.
     
    Expected impacts
    The expected impacts of the WildFood project are to support more sustainable
    Mediterranean economies and societies by developing and eventually adopting
    innovative and sustainable solutions for WFP value-chains. This includes seeking
    the potential socio-economic benefits that include an improved cooperation
    among actors and increased competitiveness of companies in both shores of the
    Mediterranean area. WildFood includes pilot projects and demonstration actions
    aimed at innovative traceability and control systems for quality, safety and sustainability in all value-chain stages which situates the project under the Technology Readiness Levels TRL 6: technology demonstrated in relevant environment and TRL 7: system prototype demonstration in operational environment.