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Sustainable Development and Food Sovereignty: Creating Value through the Common Good (NEUEWEGE)

Project duration: 01.07.2023 - 30.06.2026

Project coordination: Dr. Lilliana Stefanovic (University of Kassel)

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Assignment to / anchoring in three main research areas of the FG: System

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Project objectives: to contribute to the strengthening of bio-regional and more sustainable value chains in the context of the announcement of the Federal Program Organic Agriculture and other forms of sustainable agriculture (BÖLN) in the area of "Regional Organic Value Chains" and to develop bio-regional value areas for the sector of community catering.

Project description: The aim of the project is to develop a Food Hub Leipzig model
(hybrid) as a bundling instrument for regionally and sustainably produced products, which at the same time stimulates cooperation and network formation within the bio-regional value chains and leads to an increase in demand for regional products. Five to six test canteens are participating in the pilot phase, where the products, most of which are sourced through the Food Hub, are used to create strategic menus based on the principles of the Planetary Health Diet. The criteria of regional-seasonal availability, individual needs according to the target group, procurement price, processing stages, seasonality, nutritional-cultural aspects as well as culinary feasibility and sensory aspects are taken into account. The pilot phase will be accompanied by educational campaigns and menu feedback forms. In addition, the community benefits generated by this model will be calculated, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the sub-goal level, and transferred to the SustainScore integrative indicator model to assess the performance and impact (in the environmental, social, economic, and food culture dimensions) of the bio-regional value chains created. Ultimately, the Food Hub will also serve as a knowledge transfer tool and contribute to capacity building.

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