Sy­­sOrg - Or­ga­­nic agro-food sys­­tems as mo­­dels for sustainable food systems in Eu­­ro­­pe and Nor­t­hern Af­­ri­­ca

Project period: January 2021 – June 2024

Project coordination: Dr. Lilliana Stefanovic (University of Kassel) (till 30 September 2022 - Dr. Sebastian Kretschmer)

Project funding: transnational bodies associated with H2020 ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 and the CORE Organic Co-Fund, under the Joint SUSFOOD2/CORE Organic Call 2019.

Section's research area: Food System

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Project aims:

SysOrg identifies how pathways to increase sustainable food production and consumption can be successfully designed. This requires a better understanding of food systems, including the multitude of actors involved and the identification of critical points within systems.

This is done by mapping and analysing 5 case territories (Copenhagen, Cilento, North Hessia, Warsaw, Kenitra) from four perspectives

  • system transition
  • shifting towards sustainable diets
  • enhancing organic food & farming and
  • reducing waste

Project description:

We assume that although food systems are regionally very different, similar entry points for transition exist. These need to be identified in order to derive recommendations for a more sustainable design. Therefore, the following questions are addressed:

  • What is the understanding of sustainability to drive the transformation towards sustainable food systems?
  • How can pathways to increase sustainable food production and consumption across the system be successfully designed?
  • What are the reasons, motivations, drivers or barriers for actors to opt for more sustainable solutions?
  • What are the promising entry points for developing, consolidating and disseminating organic food and farming, reducing waste and shifting to sustainable diets? What are critical points to bring these perspectives together in a systems approach?

Cooperation partners:

  • Germany (University of Kassel & Münster University of Applied Sciences)
  • Denmark (University of Copenhagen)
  • Poland (Warsaw University of Life Sciences)
  • Italy (Council for agricultural research and economics – CREA & International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari)
  • Morocco (Ibn Tofail University)