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In the framework of the H2020 project CO-FRESH, in which entities of the agri-food sector from all over Europe work to improve sustainability in food value chains, representatives of partner organisations, together with project pilot cases leaders met at the Centre for Research in Agri-Food Economics and Development (CREDA – Polytechnic University of Barcelona, project partner), to work on co-creation methodology, in order to prepare future sessions in each of the 7 pilot cases.

In addition to the theoretical and working framework of the CO-FRESH project, the portfolio of sustainable business models for the sector, developed by the Universities of Wageningen and Almeria and ENCO Consulting, was presented to all participants due to its relevance for this session. Special focus on sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) was highlighted along the 2-day meeting.

The working sessions were led by CREDA, a research foundation supported by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries, as responsible partner for the co-creation methodology and socio-economic and environmental assessment of the project. Leaders for each of the 7 pilot cases, together with their support partners and other project partners involved in impact assessment, analysis or result exploitation, participated in the work dynamics with the aim of collaboratively identifying a ranking of strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, as well as innovations that could be introduced in the value chain, in order to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of fresh and high-protein value products.

These dynamics allowed to analyse possible particularities in each of the pilot cases, which will bring together stakeholders from their corresponding value chains in case-specific co-creation workshops to be held between May and July 2022.

Innogestiona Ambiental, as the entity in charge of impact assessment and the detection of IPR opportunities, has been in charge of the moderation of 2 working tables in collaboration with CREDA and CNTA, and will follow up the co-creation workshops in each of the pilot cases, as a central element of the CO-FRESH project.

The CO-FRESH project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 101000852.

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