Food Actions!-participatory learning and training package for food-wise household

5 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2015 - End: 31-08-2017
Project Reference: 2015-1-SE01-KA204-012260
EC Grant: 195428 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Summary

CONTEXT
Addressing food challenges contributes to central topics of the EU. For instance, climate: food systems contribute 19%–29% of global greenhouse gas emissions; as well as health and waste/circular economy. Substantial improvements in all areas depend upon lifestyle choices and thus upon adult education.
The Food Action program responds to a dual need: the need of adult learners for easily accessible factual and pedagogical support for sustainable lifestyle change; and that of society, given the importance of food in today's policy challenges of climate change, circular economy, preventive health, and social inclusion.

OBJECTIVES
The major objective of this 2-year project was to develop and test a self-learning package for adults wishing to learn how to adopt more sustainable food habits; culturally adapted in four national and one international (English-language) version. This objective has been fully met.
A secondary objective was to test different possible delivery mechanisms, including use of IT tools and local, national and international partnerships; monitoring and evaluating in such a way as to lay a basis for future dissemination activities. This objective has also been met.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
The beneficiary was Global Action Plan International (GAP-I), registered in Sweden. It coordinates a network of organizations developing and delivering sustainable behaviour-change programs, as well as conducting action research into appropriate methods and tools, and offering publications and training programs for curriculum designers. The 4 partners are all members of the GAP network, with prior experience of working together.
Germany: agado, based in München, works with employees, business and local authorities and is engaged in adult education. Has a broad network and cooperation with NGOs and local authorities. Conducts research concerning sustainability and climate aspects of eating habits.
Hungary: TVE is a highly active national consumer network with experience of study circles and coaching, strong engagement in food questions, social media and mass media engagement.
Italy: InEuropa specializes in project management, particularly of EU-supported projects. Experience of working with municipalities and NGOs, and with education. Social media engagement. Mentor to the Beneficiary.
Spain: GAP Spain has long experience of working with adult education and behaviour change through interactive web programs. Broad network and cooperation with local authorities and food-related businesses.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
The main activities concerned developing 3 outputs comprising the adult self-learning package, including translation and cultural adaptation in six languages: English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, and (not originally foreseen) Basque.
1. Workbook for adult learners, covering 3 main topics: Food Waste; Food, Climate & Environment; and Food & Health. Including all 3 topics is designed to elicit critical thinking and a broadening of perspective that empowers adult learners to make decisions based on what is good for them personally AND what is good for society and the environment.
2. Manual for coaches, enabling competence-building in the general area of empowering coaching (a sought-after skill) as well as specifically for the Food Action program.
3. An online reference Library of documents for further reading, embedded in a multilingual Food Action web site.
The secondary activities concerned testing different delivery mechanisms, including selecting, adapting and testing IT tools as well as partnerships with different types of organizations; and publicizing the project and its outcomes.

RESULTS AND IMPACT
This was a pilot project; the objective was to recruit 120 households to test the program (outcome: 264). The response is satisfactory: more than half the participants made behaviour changes that they have established as new habits; feedback regarding the materials is positive; trained Food Action coaches (target: 10, actual 39) find the skills generally useful and wish to continue supporting the program.
Additionally, project team members in the 5 countries reported that their knowledge of food issues had improved, as well as their project management skills.
The evaluation materials provide a base for further analysis and experimentation for scaling up dissemination and delivery of the program. Two key components are already clear: successful cross-sectoral partnerships, and improved IT tools.
The media impact was far higher than anticipated, reaching close to 200,000 recipients via social media and other online activities (target: 7,000) and a further half million through mass media in Hungary.

LONGER-TERM BENEFITS
Preliminary results show that successful scaling up could lead to significant societal effects. For instance, a poll of some participants showed reductions in food waste and food miles of 10-15%, as well as a decrease in meat consumption.

Results

Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the booklet for topic 1 – Food & Waste.

Content devised by GAP International and curated in cooperation with our project partners in Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Spain.


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To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the booklet for topic 2 – Food & Climate.

Content devised by GAP International and curated in cooperation with our project partners in Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Spain.


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Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the booklet for topic 3 – Food & Health.

Content devised by GAP International and curated in cooperation with our project partners in Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Spain.


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To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the booklet for topic 4 – Ripples on the water.

Content devised by GAP International and curated in cooperation with our project partners in Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Spain.


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With the help of Food Action coaches, we offer guidance for a Food Action journey: helping people to take small steps, to link with others for mutual support, and to locate those who can offer professional expertise.

The Coach course manual provides the basis for training of Food Action coaches.


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IO3 consists of two outputs:

1) The Online Library itself – http://fact.globalactionplan.com/library, which resides on the project site. It consists of references to web resources, and includes filtering by Language, Topics, sub topics and free text.

2) The general FAct! project site: http://fact.globalactionplan.com where all project results are made available to the general public, in the five project languages English, German, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish.

This is where you can sign up for doing the food program and you will also find descriptions as to how to get further engaged.


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To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the introduction to the program.

Content devised and published by GAP Spain, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


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Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the Spanish booklet for topic 1 – Food & Waste.

Content devised and published by GAP Spain, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


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Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the Spanish booklet for topic 2 – Food & Climate.

Content devised and published by GAP Spain, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


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To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the German booklet for topic 1 – Food & Waste.

Content devised and published by agado, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


Contents
Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the German booklet for topic 2 – Food & Climate.

Content devised and published by agado, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


Contents
Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the German booklet for topic 3 – Food & Health.

Content devised and published by agado, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


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Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the Italian workbook for the topics Food & Waste, Food & Climate and Food & Health.

Content devised and published by InEuropa, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


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Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the Hungarian workbook covering the topics Food & Waste, Food & Climate and Food & Health.

Content devised and published by TVE/ACC, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


Contents
Description

With the help of Food Action coaches, we offer guidance for a Food Action journey: helping people to take small steps, to link with others for mutual support, and to locate those who can offer professional expertise.

The Coach course manual provides the basis for training of Food Action coaches.


Contents
Description

With the help of Food Action coaches, we offer guidance for a Food Action journey: helping people to take small steps, to link with others for mutual support, and to locate those who can offer professional expertise.

The Coach course manual provides the basis for training of Food Action coaches.


Contents
Description

With the help of Food Action coaches, we offer guidance for a Food Action journey: helping people to take small steps, to link with others for mutual support, and to locate those who can offer professional expertise.

The Coach course manual provides the basis for training of Food Action coaches.


Contents
Description

With the help of Food Action coaches, we offer guidance for a Food Action journey: helping people to take small steps, to link with others for mutual support, and to locate those who can offer professional expertise.

The Coach course manual provides the basis for training of Food Action coaches.


Contents
Description

To help you discover and explore your food habits and to change some of them, in three topics. Here's the Spanish booklet for topic 3 – Food & Health. Content devised and published by GAP Spain, based on templates and guidelines from GAP International.


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Registered learners filled in questionnaires concerning food habits, before and after participation. Full results data was received from 82 households. Though the sample is too small to be statistically significant it does indicate a shift to more sustainable eating habits. It should be noted that (appropriately, since the target group was early adopters) many report that they already did some of the actions. If this is taken into account, then close to 100% of the participants today have more sustainable food habits than the norm. DE, HU and IT used the Made to Measure (M2M) software where, for reasons of personal integrity, it is not yet possible to trace individual. Instead, statistical calculations have been applied to the collected data. ES and the English-language versions use the pre-existing Spanish platform that enables anonymous individual comparisons. A graph showing overview results data is attached.


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All partners published a FAct! project page on their organizational web sites. This is the GAP International (English speaking) one at Global Action Plan: http://globalactionplan.com/fact_project


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All partners published a page on the FAct! project on their respective organizational sites. Here's the agado (German) page: http://www.agado.org/FAct.html


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All partners published a FAct! project page on their respective organizational sites. Here's the Italian page: http://www.progettareineuropa.com/po-fact/descrizione-progetto-fact/


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As a part of exploring dissemination modalities, the project released a few Email Newsletters from each partner (using MailChimp for deisgn and distribution), and found the effectiveness as regards getting signups for the program, low. You will find the newsletters here: http://us14.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=99ba2b3a23aa3186d4c6a961a&id=de299ef9f5


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All partners published a FAct! project page on their respective organisational websites. Here's the Hungarian page: http://tudatosvasarlo.hu/okokor-kamra


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All partners published a FAct! project page on their respective organizational sites. Here's the Spanish page: http://programagap.org/lanzamiento-internacional-programa-alimentacion-fact/


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You can join the fun on the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe - EPALE, via this link: https://ec.europa.eu/epale/en/node/39965


Coordinator

Föreningen Global Action Plan

Stjärnvägen 2, 182 47
Enebyberg
Stockholms län
SE

Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
Marilyn Mehlmann
marilyn@globalactionplan.com

Partners

agado Gesellschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung UG
München
BAYERN
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
ASOCIACION PLAN DE ACCION GLOBAL PARA LA TIERRA GAP ESPANA
MADRID
Comunidad de Madrid
Organisation type: Other
Carlos
Oppe
info@programagap.org
TUDATOS VASARLOK KOZHASZNU EGYESULETE
BUDAPEST
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
Zsofia
Perenyi
tve@tve.hu
+3612258136
InEuropa srl
MODENA
Emilia-Romagna
Organisation type: Other
Barbara
Grazzini
info@ineuropa.info
0039 347 1830519

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