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FOODLEVERS - Leverage points for organic and sustainable food systems

{Project} FOODLEVERS: FOODLEVERS - Leverage points for organic and sustainable food systems. Runs 2020 - 2023. Project Leader(s): Hassler, Prof. Dr. Markus; Holzner, Valerie and Riekötter, Nicklas.

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Despite the recent uptake of innovative production systems, food systems continue to move on unsustainable trajectories. This can be explained by many sustainability interventions addressing solely more obvious but less powerful areas of intervention rather than engaging with the root causes of unsustainability. Instead, FOODLEVERS focuses on those leverage points at which interventions promise far more potential to transform food systems into sustainable ones. It aims to promote higher resource-efficiency, highlight inefficiencies, specify the reasons for decision-making processes that led to the current configuration of food systems, and thus identify configurations that “work” and may be scaled up.
To investigate potential leverage points in FSs, FOODLEVERS applies a multi-disciplinary systems and multi-actor approach to consider all dimensions and actors of food systems (FSs) as well as their interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs, rather than treating each unit of FSs separately. Therefore, the project will analyse case studies of innovative organic and sustainable food systems troughout Europe and identify best practice processes.
The holistic sustainability assessment of innovative examples of FSs consists of measuring their environmental impacts, resource efficiency and other sustainability aspects from farm to fork e.g. by “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis considering all steps from mining raw materials to waste-disposal. Additionally, it takes the role of all actors in the FSs into account by analysing their value chains from a socioeconomic perspective and assessing consumer behaviour and food choices. Based on the resulting identification of critical points, FOODLEVERS will then build scenarios and models (agent-based modelling, stakeholder decision modelling, qualitative scenario modelling) to reveal potential levers for sustainability and discuss future scenarios by drawing on the expertise and experience of FS actors.
As a result key leverage points will be identified to further develop and scale up existing innovative organic and sustainable food systems.

EPrint Type:Project description
Keywords:Agroforestry, food systems, organic farming, trade-offs, system approach, leverage points
Agrovoc keywords:
food systems
organic farming -> organic agriculture
systems analysis
sustainable agriculture
food supply chains
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems > Produce chain management
Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Europe
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund > Joint call with SUSFOOD2 – 2019 > FOODLEVERS
Research funders: Germany > Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food - BLE
Related Links:https://susfood-db-era.net/main/FOODLEVERS
Project ID:2820ERA15B
Start Date:1 December 2020
End Date:30 November 2023
Deposited By: Holzner, Valerie
ID Code:41896
Deposited On:01 May 2023 11:51
Last Modified:01 May 2023 11:51

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