CO-creating sustainable and competitive FRuits and vEgetableS’ value cHains in Europe

01 October 2020 → 31 March 2024
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution not elsewhere classified
    • Atmospheric sciences, challenges and pollution not elsewhere classified
    • Conservation and biodiversity
    • Ecosystem services
    • Environmental chemistry
    • Environmental education and extension
    • Environmental impact and risk assessment
    • Environmental management
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Environmental rehabilitation
    • Natural resource management
    • Wildlife and habitat management
    • Environmental science and management not elsewhere classified
    • Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Other natural sciences not elsewhere classified
  • Social sciences
    • General pedagogical and educational sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Intercultural communication
    • Science and health communication
    • Communication sciences not elsewhere classified
  • Engineering and technology
    • Sustainable and environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
    • Biological control
    • Bioremediation
    • Environmental engineering design
    • Environmental marine biotechnology
    • Environmental plant biotechnology
    • Sustainable development
    • Environmental engineering and biotechnology not elsewhere classified
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant protection
    • Agrochemistry and fertilisers
    • Crop science
    • Agricultural plant production not elsewhere classified
    • Agribusiness
    • Agricultural land management and planning
    • Agricultural technology
    • Farm and rural management
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
    • Biotechnology for agricultural, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Food packaging, preservation and safety
    • Food technology
    • Post harvest technologies of plants, animals and fish (incl. transportation and storage)
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology not elsewhere classified
    • Forest protection
    • Forestry sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Horticultural crop production
    • Horticultural crop protection
    • Horticultural production not elsewhere classified
    • Other agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences not elsewhere classified
Agri-food value chain Food systems Sustainability Business models Fruits Vegetables Protein crops Co-creation Farmers Agri-food actors
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Project description

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.

Role of Ghent University
In CO-FRESH UGhent will lead WP7 (Cooperation with other RUR-06 and RUR-07 H2020 projects within the EIP-AGRI), building networking activities, opportunities, and collaboration. WP7 will develop a joint policy brief with SWG Food/SWG AKIS and SWG Food Systems.