The Horizon Europe “EU4Advice” project has been launched with the aim of creating an EU multi-actor network for the promotion of agri-food production models that empower both producers and consumers: the Short Food Supply Chains (SFSC) Project partners met in the city of Amsterdam on 6 and 7 October to launch this ambitious project led by Innogestiona.
The EU4Advice project settles the foundations and structures that ensure the creation and empowerment of a Europe-wide multi-stakeholder network for the promotion of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSC), through the appropriate flow of knowledge and networking at all levels. The project focuses on the figure of the “SFSC advisor”, i.e. the person who advises, facilitates, accompanies, informs, guides, … on short supply chains, as a catalyst of knowledge and research in the day-to-day practice of producers and consumers.
With this common objective, the 21 partners of the project, from 13 European countries (including the United Kingdom and Norway), have participated in a series of activities organised in the city of Amsterdam and at the International Horticultural Fair Floriade, with a programme that has served to establish connections between the partners and the tasks that will be developed during the 5 years of the project (2022 – 2027).
The project has been funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Commission with the aim of promoting the integration of the figure of “SFSC advisors” in the agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS), as well as the development and sharing of tools, content, digital resources and experiences, capable of inspiring future agri-food policies, in line with the EU Green Deal, the Farm to Fork Strategy (Farm2Fork) and the SDGs. The EU4Advice project has been funded under the topic “Developing EU advisory networks on consumer-producer chains” together with the sister project CORENET, which was represented in the EU4Advice kick-off meeting by 2 project partners.
Innogestiona Ambiental is the entity in charge of coordinating this ambitious and necessary project, in a context that urges measures that guarantee the food sovereignty of territories and more sustainable production systems, capable of taking advantage of the knowledge and potential of rural areas in terms of healthy, quality and sustainable food production from a dimension that is not only economic and environmental, but also social, cultural and ethical.