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Fostering Integration and Transformation for FOOD 2030

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FIT4FOOD2030 was a program that brought together community members to learn and share their opinions about European food systems and how they could be transformed to support greater sustainability, resilience, competitiveness, and inclusion. The information from these dialogues was used to help design the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 policy framework. The program featured 14 City & Food Labs and 11 Policy Labs. Coordinated by the European Network of Science Centres and Museums, the City & Food Labs were set up at science centers around Europe. They had the dual purpose of informing communities about the food system and gathering community members’ opinions about the system. Each was run by a Lab Coordinator, who planned workshops, meetings, and consultations with the participants. These labs worked to build a shared vision, foster local knowledge about the food system, create roadmaps and action plans, scale these actions, and more. These labs worked to develop hands-on educational modules that could be adapted for a variety of settings. Read guides for their modules on topics like beeswax food wrap, alternative proteins, and visions of future food.

 The Policy Labs were created to provide a structure to support the long-term participation needed to impact policy. These labs built a network of diverse stakeholders, with a focus on including a diverse group of participants. These groups worked to understand the food system in their local context, collaboratively build a vision for the food system of the future, create and implement experiments, and  disseminate the information gained from these activities. The output from these groups included research agendas and formalized groups to continue discussion, as well as having some of their input taken up in national strategies. Read more details about the process and outputs from both the City & Food Labs and Policy Labs.

The final conference took place over Zoom in November 2020. Participants were able to learn about the practical tools and solutions for food system transformation that were developed through the program. The event was organized around two “thematic streams”: Stream 1, “Understanding food system transformation” and Stream 2, “Engaging stakeholders for food system transformation.” The conference schedule also included networking sessions in which participants could meet with experts in food systems transformation research and innovation. After the conference, FIT4FOOD2030 work has continued in their online Sustainable Food Systems Network.

Location: European Union
Author(s)/Organization: The European network of science centres and museums (Ecsite); European Commission

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Attributes:Aims for Action
Outcomes:Ethical Decision-Making, Strong Community Partnerships, Sustainable Solutions for Society
Approaches:Dialogue & Deliberation
Type:Program Examples