Consumer science, societal aspects and sustainability are ever-expanding fields. Without sufficient knowledge on consumer behaviour, risk perception and the drivers influencing consumer preferences, we will be unable to develop strategies to effectively encourage consumers to choose healthier diets and take up more sustainable habits. With societal aspects and sustainability linked to consumer science, it is becoming increasingly important to provide sufficient healthy, safe food to a growing population. Moreover, consumer preferences are determined by environmental and societal aspects. Therefore, all these topics should be considered through a more holistic approach.
WORKSHOPS (FINAL SUSFANS AND FIT4FOOD)
KICK-OFF (FNS CLOUD)
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION SHOWCASES IN THE FOOD SYSTEM
Under the auspices of the European-funded Fit4Food project, a multi-stakeholder workshop was held in April gathering 54 participants from academia, non-profit organisations, EU institutions and industry. The outcome was a catalogue of cases identified via research and innovation with clear explanations as to why certain best practices have a greater impact than others, as well as clearly defined criteria to aid the selection of cases. The output from the workshop is expected to contribute to the development of an impact assessment tool. This tool may potentially be used by national and international funding bodies to assess successful research and innovation processes from the perspective of the Food 2030 policy framework.
SUSFANS EU PROJECT CELEBRATED ITS FINAL CONFERENCE
The final SUSFANS conference was held in March. The event was an opportunity to assess ways in which the project could further develop partnerships among various stakeholders, reporting back on the analytical framework for a comprehensive assessment of food and nutrition security (FNS) in Europe. The meeting was also an opportunity to identify the implications of current diets for the sustainability of agro-food production and consumption in the EU, and how this supports standardised monitoring of FNS in the region.