Zooming in on ‘Food poverty’

By Brídín Carroll

Food poverty has been identified by TRANSMANGO as a key area of concern for food and nutrition security (FNS) in Europe (see D5.2). But what exactly is ‘food poverty’? 

Food poverty is defined as existing when one cannot access or avail of a safe and healthy diet, often because of financial restrictions. A key element of food poverty is uncertainty of supply and understandings of this concept therefore also tend to incorporate considerations of social or cultural norms, standards, customs or acceptability with regard to food (Nikolic et al, 2014; Dowler and O’Connor, 2012; Burns et al, 2010; Balanda et al, 2008; Dowler et al, 2007). Continue reading “Zooming in on ‘Food poverty’”

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TRANSMANGO @School

TRANSMANGO is a research project, so it is obvious that we spread the message of our research to our colleagues in the academic world. However, TRANSMANGO is about food and security in Europe and vulnerability of European citizens, today and in the future.

One group of citizens we therefore can’t ignore in the project is youngsters. How do they think about food security, about healthy food and sustainable food systems? What kind of future food system do they dream of, and what kind of food system do they fear? Continue reading “TRANSMANGO @School”

FOOD 2030

Roberta Sonnino (Cardiff University) will be the Vice-Chair of FOOD 2030 Expert Group and act as rapporteur for the conference on “Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030: A science-policy dialogue” that will take place in Brussels in 16th October. In this role, she will be in charge of writing a short report on the main EU R&I achievements in the area of “climate and environmental sustainability”.

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The full program and the registration tool is available on the website of the European Commission

TRANSMANGO final conference

INVITATION FINAL TRANSMANGO CONFERENCE  

We kindly invite you for the final TRANSMANGO conference, which will take place on the 28th and 29th of November in Leuven.
Registration is now open and the full program of the conference is published.

28 November 2017 : Stakeholder meeting

Meeting with local and European stakeholders that were involved in TRANSMANGO.
TRANSMANGO has built heavily on close cooperation with various actors in the food system, both at the local level and at the European level. At this pre-conference, we provide a space for our stakeholders to meet each other in an organised setting. Registration is by invitation only

29 November 2017 : Final conference

The program includes presentations of TRANSMANGO researchers, contributions from key stakeholders of the project including representatives of local initiatives, dialogue with EU stakeholders and policy makers, and award of TRANSMANGO game jam competition

Confirmed keynote speakers: Jessica Duncan (Wageningen University), Alexandre Meybeck (FAO) and Inge Van Oost (EIP AGRI)

Location: Promotiezaal KU Leuven, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven

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Development of Organic Farming in Europe at the Crossroads: Looking for the Way Forward through System Archetypes Lenses

Recently a TRANSMANGO article has been published in Sustainability. It has been written by our colleagues Natalia Brzezina and Erik Mathijs together with Katharina Biely, Birgit Kopainsky, Joost Vervoort and Ariella Helfgott.

Over the last several decades, policymakers and stakeholders in the European Union (EU) have put considerable effort into increasing the adoption of organic farming, with the overall objective of its sustainable development. However, the growth of the organic sector has come with many challenges that jeopardize its sustainability. The question then is how to move organic farming in Europe forward and at the same time capitalize on its potential contribution to sustainability? Organic farming in the EU is a highly complex and dynamic food system and as such this question cannot be answered in isolation using a one-dimensional mind-set and tools of the past.

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In this paper, we use three system archetypes—Limits to Growth, Shifting the Burden and Eroding Goals—to sharpen our ability: (1) to analyze and anticipate difficulties in the development of organic farming in the EU under the current policy measures; and (2) to find effective ways to address these difficulties. A system archetype consists of a generic system structure that leads to unintended behavior over time and effective strategies for changing the structure into one that generates desirable behavior. The analysis reveals that in order to move forward, policymakers and stakeholders should reemphasize fundamental solutions rather than quick fixes that often generate unintended consequences. Specifically, Limits to Growth shows us that the leverage for moving organic farming out of the niche does not necessarily lie in increasing subsidies that push engines of growth, but rather in anticipating and managing its limits arising from, for instance, market dynamics or intrinsic environmental motivation. In turn, Shifting the Burden brings to attention how easily and unnoticeably the EU’s organic farming system can become dependent on third countries thereby undermining its own sustainability. Finally, Eroding Goals highlights that is it important to continuously improve regulatory standards based on an external frame of reference, as otherwise organic farming in the EU will continue on its trajectory towards conventionalization.

More details ? Please follow this link.

Starting up a Common Food Strategy in Europe

by : Natalia Brzezina, KU Leuven

On the 9th of February, the TRANSMANGO Consortium organized a European policy workshop entitled “Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Food and Nutrition Security in Europe (FNS)”. A number of high level experts from across different areas of the European food system gathered in Brussels to formulate building blocks of a Common Food Strategy for a more coherent landscape of EU policies allowing innovative food practices to thrive and lead to sustainable and resilient FNS. In addition with this workshop our ambition was to start up a long-term platform fostering the Common Food Strategy and offering a unique space for different EU actors to interact with social innovators throughout Europe and to work together on concrete solutions for European food system challenges.

The workshop itself was a highly interactive participatory meeting that consisted of four consecutive sessions, namely: (1) formulation of recommendations to tackle food system challenges in a coherent way, (2) examination of the recommendations in terms of impact on local practices and confirmation with their design principles and (3) check of the robustness of the recommendations the eight TRANSMANGO scenarios at the European level. Continue reading “Starting up a Common Food Strategy in Europe”

TRANSMANGO GAME JAMS

By Ina van der Brug (HKU)
University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) is organizing a series of game jams throughout Europe for the EU TRANSMANGO project, using games to help spark the imagination of ordinary people, decision-makers, people working in the world of food, students, children and anyone else you can think of. We want to harness the unique potential of games to challenge, to inspire, to engage and help people explore and understand what food could mean in the future, and how it could work. At the end of 2017 during the end event of the TRANSMANGO project the most appealing concepts will be presented. Teams of the Glasgow Gamejam, Florence gamestorm, Utrecht Gamejam and the Brussels gamestorm will present their gameconcepts.
For more information please look at: http://www.jamtoday.eu

Voedsel in 2050

Wetenschapsweek 2016 – Voedsel in 2050

Tessa Avermaete en Tjitske Anna Zwart

In oktober vindt traditiegetrouw de wetenschapsweek plaats. Over heel Vlaanderen maken jongeren kennis met wetenschap. Dit jaar trokken ook wij onze stoute schoenen aan en waagden het om onze deuren open te zetten voor kinderen van de lagere school. Op maandag 25 en vrijdag 28 oktober verwelkomden we leerlingen van de laatste graad van basisschool De Zevensprong. Samen met de leerlingen wierpen we een blik op Voedsel in 2050.

unnamedHoe zal de voedselmarkt eruit zien in 2050? Wat als de opwarming van de aarde een probleem vormt voor onze landbouw? Gaan we dan over 35 jaar onze eetgewoonten veranderen? En wat als technologische vooruitgang het mogelijk maakt om eten via drones aan huis te leveren? Wat als de Belgische bevolking heel snel gaat groeien, bijvoorbeeld door de toestroom van vluchtelingen? Zal dat een invloed hebben op hoe wij eten? Continue reading “Voedsel in 2050”

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Boston, April 5-9th 2017

Understanding challenges and opportunities for future food and nutrition security

Bridin Carroll

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It is well established that the food system is globally integrated and that this system is subject to a wide range of drivers of change including climate, economic concentration and market structure, financial power, resource competition, marginalization, property rules, geo-political shifts, consumer preferences, consumption patterns and nutritional transition. These drivers of change affect how food flows through this system, at all stages from production to consumption (Yakovleva, 2007; Tansey, 1994). It is important to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of these drivers, as well as to systematically assess the vulnerabilities of the food system (pressures, hazards, shocks and stresses), in the context of socio-economic, behavioural, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change. To do so will enhance understandings of the new challenges and opportunities that the food sector will face in the future (Ericksen, 2007; Maxwell and Slater, 2003). Due to the intersectional nature of food –operating in biophysical, socio-cultural, economic, political and technological contexts- food system vulnerabilities should be assessed from a range of perspectives (Sobal et al., 1998; Tansey, 1994). Continue reading “Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Boston, April 5-9th 2017”

Draagt Voedselteams bij aan een duurzamer voedselsysteem?

Sinds februari 2014 werkt KU Leuven in twee onderzoeksprojecten samen met Voedselteams: Food4Sustainability en TRANSMANGO. Beide projecten hebben als doel oplossingen te vinden voor een transitie naar een meer duurzaam voedselsysteem. In vorige blogs klik hierhier of hier werden eerdere outputs besproken. Meer specifiek onderzochten we of Voedselteams de capaciteit heeft om bij te dragen aan een transitie naar een duurzaam voedselsysteem in Vlaanderen. In deze blog bespreken we enkele elementen van het antwoord op deze vraag.

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Voedselteams was een van de eerste korte keten initiatieven in Vlaanderen en is sinds haar oprichting in 1996 uitgegroeid tot een vaste waarde in het ‘voedsellandschap’ van Vlaanderen. De organisatie was een van de koplopers in het aanduiden van problemen in de voedselketen, en het laten zien van het belang van het produceren en consumeren  Continue reading “Draagt Voedselteams bij aan een duurzamer voedselsysteem?”