Our research group is part of an Erasmus Plus project title "FOOD IMPROV’IDERS. PROVIDE PRODUCERS WITH FIT-FOR-PURPOSE KNOWLEDGE TO DEVELOP NEW SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHAIN MODELS".
Traditional models of agriculture are facing ruthless competition from modern industrial agriculture. The price war and the many intermediaries along the food supply chains are squeezing the margins of small producers and have a strong impact on the environment. This, together with a growing mistrust of European citizens for processed food products and the development of particular concern for the environment, is leading more and more consumers to turn to local producers to supply themselves with fresh, quality food products.
The project will study innovative food chain models that result in a fairer position for producers and develop fit-for-purpose educational material identifying the determinants and key levers behind successful practices to facilitate the replication of fairer food chain models (WP1). Develop an e-learning platform tailored by the needs and feedback of the target audience and adapt the educational content developed for online self-learning (WP2). The developed pedagogical content on short food chains will be implemented and refined during blended-learning training sessions in the second and third year of the project training 360-480 EU producers (WP3, WP4). The project will ensure a wider uptake of the project results via a strong communication and dissemination strategy (WP5) supported by efficient project management (WP6). For more info: https://foodimproviders.eu/