agroBRIDGES

Building bridges between consumers and producers by supporting short food supply chains through a systemic, holistic, multi-actor approach-based Toolbox (GA No 101000788)

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Funding Source

European Commission – Research Executive Agency

Programme

HORIZON 2020 – “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy”

Duration

January 2021 – December 2023 (36 months)

Total budget

2.998.926 €

Q-PLAN role

Project Coordinator

Contact person(s)

Dr. Eirini Efthymiadou, efthymiadou@qplan-intl.gr

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Description

Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) hold promising potential for sustainable development in agriculture, encouraging cooperation among farmers, creating better relations between farmers and customers and reducing transport costs and CO2 emissions. The EU-funded agroBRIDGES project will empower farmers with practical knowledge and tools to set up new business and marketing models based on SFSCs with a focus on reducing intermediaries and linking producers with consumers. To this end, it will follow an integrated methodology to establish regional multi-actor structures for demand-driven innovation, and deliver a combination of communication materials, training programmes, events and digital tools in the form of the agroBRIDGES toolbox. The project will directly involve over 400 people, delivering practical support to producers, consumers, contracting authorities, distributors and scientists.

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Project management and coordination
  • Development of framework and operating model for regional Multi-Actor Platforms
  • Review of national and international policy aspects and framework conditions related to SFSCs
  • Coordination of co-creation and participatory activities for increased stakeholder engagement
  • Establishment and management of the agroBRIDGES Multi-Actor Platform set up in Greece
  • Development of the digital platform integrating the components of the agroBRIDGES toolbox
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