Discovering short food supply chains good practices in urban areas
short supply chain
Supply chain, marketing and consumption
The Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network, SKIN focuses on good practices and local stories of innovation in the short food chains domain. In this network, food plays an essential role in bringing producers and society values on food together.
On 5 and 6 October, the project held its third meeting in Paris hosted by ACTIA, the French Network of food technology institutes. In addition to reviewing the technical advances of the project, the consortium had the opportunity to meet three French initiatives, driving change in the way local food producers reach and engage with local citizens.
La ruche qui dit Oui, AMAP, Mangeons local in Ile de France are great examples of community initiatives providing support to citizens. They help them start their online farmer’s market, community supported agriculture connecting citizens and small farmers to preserve the food system and local networks of R&D projects in short and local food chains for food sustainability. They all showed that they are active actors in the short food supply chain domain and bring their own experience and expertise to the field.
SKIN collected 100 examples of innovative practices in the short food chain domain. These will be the key participants of the project innovation challenge workshops. These thematic workshops will explore the core topics and unravel the main challenges connected to the project objectives, including, short food chains product freshness, distribution and industries, technologies, new skills, the role of AKIS, consumers and society, regulation.
To tackle all the topics mentioned above, dedicated working groups have been set up to explore each challenge and coordinate the EU-level workshops. SKIN will travel around Europe to engage with local stakeholders and connect local good practices one with the other, to exchange knowledge and foster bottom-up innovation in the short food supply chain domain. Out of these thematic workshops, 30 ideas on innovation will be generated, while coaching services will be provided for 10 new demand-driven projects. The ultimate goal is to foster new models for food producers and citizens to come closer together based on trust and on shared values on food.