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CO-FRESH: CO-creating sustainable and competitive Fruits and Vegetables’ value chains in Europe.

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CO-FRESH: CO-creating sustainable and competitive Fruits and Vegetables’ value chains in Europe.

TOPIC: RUR-06-2020 – Innovative agri-food value chains: boosting sustainability-oriented competitiveness

Covering the entire spectrum from farm to fork, Europe’s agri-food systems are evolving and embracing more innovative approaches to increase productivity and sustainability. Therefore, redefining the agri-food value chains is key.
The aim of the project is to design innovative systemic approaches to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of these value chains and ensure sustainability through the smart integration of innovations.

To assist in this process, the EU-funded CO-FRESH project will develop techniques, tools and insights centering on the redesign of fruit and vegetable value chains. The consortium brings together farmers, cooperatives and consumers as well as technological, environmental and economic experts, the project will study models of collective innovation action within and across organisations.

Objective

Starting from current best practices and key success factors observed and analysed in innovative value chains and the state of the art in technological and non-technological approaches, CO-FRESH proposes to develop techniques, tools and insights for the re-design of agri-food value chains. Through collaborative and systemic approaches, the tools and formats will be applied in 7 pilot cases representing diverse fruit and vegetables agri-food value chains (including protein crops for food and feed) across Europe. CO-FRESH will use the Intervention Research approach to study models of collective innovation action within and across organisations.

The CO-FRESH consortium brings together key actors from pilot agri-food value chains; actors’ associations (farmers, food producers, cooperatives, consumers); experts in technological (including digital) solutions and non-technological (including social, organizational, and institutional) solutions; as well as experts in environmental, social, economic sustainability, and in consumer’s acceptance.

The main objective of CO-FRESH is to (re)design and pilot innovative systemic approaches to agri-food value chains to scale up this innovation at European level. These innovative approaches will improve economic, social and environmental performance/efficiency of these value chains, through smart integration of technological, social, organisational, managerial and institutional innovations; all of which serve to make them more sustainable.

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