SMART SOLUTIONS IN SHORT FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS
“The project encourages the development of collaborative short food supply chains, with the aim of promoting a more favourable framework for sustainable, local, healthier and ethically produced food in Europe.”
“The project is part of the Horizon 2020 programme and has a duration of 36 months. The partnership is composed of 46 countries from 11 different countries.”
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Innogestiona Ambiental has had as main responsibility the impact assessment of the project, which includes the development of a roadmap in order to maximise the impact of its results and conclusions in the long term. On the other hand, we have had an active participation in the Work Package (WP) 5 Integrative susteinability assessment, dedicated to the analysis of the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of SWCs, led by Agroscope (Switzerland).
Our contributions in this WP5 have focused mainly on the more qualitative aspects of socio-economic sustainability, gathering the perceptions of producers in nine European countries on their motivations for engaging in this type of business model, and the benefits they obtain at personal (self-esteem, quality of life, interest in work, empowerment, etc.), social (community integration, relationship with customers, social recognition, etc.), and commercial/economic (prices and wages, business resilience, etc.) levels.
We have also participated in WP7 Business and policy recommendations led by AZTI (Spain) elaborating these policy and business model recommendations.
Our involvement in the different actions of the project, our own data collection (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, literature, etc.) and our collaboration with the other WP and partners, has provided us with the information and space for reflection to define what is really needed to create the conditions in which CCSAs can develop in an optimal and sustainable way, in order to elaborate the Roadmap of the project, which aims to maximise the impact of the project and make its recommendations as concrete as possible.
This Roadmap provides an initial contextualisation of the starting situation based on data, followed by a SWOT analysis and a subsequent focus on the barriers and problems hindering the development and sustainability (environmental, social and economic) of SWCCAs. These difficulties correspond to concrete needs, which in turn are translated into recommendations for both economic actors in the sector and policy-makers. The ultimate aim of the Roadmap is to put these recommendations in perspective with the current political-legal context (key strategies, policies and regulations) and, within this framework, to propose a series of policy instruments to implement them.