Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

SALSA

Knowledge-based sustainable value-added food chains: innovative tools for monitoring ethical, environmental and socio-economical impacts and implementing EU-Latin America shared strategies (Environmental impacts and total food chain)

Project acronym: SALSA

Title of project: Knowledge-based sustainable value-added food chains: innovative tools for monitoring ethical, environmental and socio-economical impacts and implementing EU-Latin America shared strategies

Research area: Environmental impacts and total food chain

Contract No: 265927

EU contribution: €2 999 493

Start date: May 2011

Duration: 36 months

Status: on-going

According to bilateral EU-Latin America cooperation agreements, there is mutual interest in developing strategies to tackle Latin American eco-challenges by promoting social cohesion and economic development, and improving market access for food SMEs. SALSA is defining an integrated strategy for reducing the negative socio-economic and environmental impact of soya bean and beef production. These production chains have an impact on the environment and food security, and tend to exclude SMEs and smaller farmers from the market. SALSA believes that sustainable competitiveness derives from multi-faceted determinants that need to be considered together if grass root development is to occur.

SALSA's overall objective is to help Latin American countries tackle eco-challenges (deforestation, CO2 emissions, reduced biodiversity, water/air/soil pollution, reduction in food security) related to agricultural production and food chains that link Latin America and the EU. The project should thus boost competitiveness and inject new added value into food chains.

Guidelines for sustainable agro-food productions are held back by a lack of:

  1. technical and managerial solutions capable of reducing costs and eliminating cultural barriers for small farmers and SMEs;
  2. research and training supporting new knowledge transfer among food chain stakeholders and research institutions;
  3. awareness among consumers and policy makers.

SALSA aims at:

  • developing monitoring tools based on a Life Cycle thinking approach suitable for integrating ethical, environmental and socio-economical within one consistent model;
  • providing sustainable solutions (strategies and processes) able to support farmers and SME relations within entire food chains.

The benefits will be fairer food chain relations, higher incomes, safer and better quality of food and a reduced environmental burden.

SALSA's added value relies on strengthening cooperation between EUand Latin American institutions and industries; a joint EU-Latin America Industrial Platform will exploit the results.

The guidelines will benefit food chain stakeholders, policy makers and EU-Latin America trade relations.

Website of project: www.salsaproject.eu

Coordinator: Dr. Cesare Zanasi, cesare.zanasi@unibo.it

Organisation: University of Bologna, Italy, www.unibo.it/

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