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Support to the development and implementation of FOOD 2030 - a European research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security

This action is expected to contribute to the further development and implementation of the European Commission FOOD 2030 [[Provisional title of initiative.]] initiative, as a response to the Milan World Expo process, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the COP21 commitments. The action will serve as a platform for multi-actor engagement and awareness-raising in support of the initiative and its action plan. In particular, the scope of this coordination and support action (CSA) will be to explore possible research and innovation breakthroughs bringing on board a wide diversity of actors[[For instance, but not only, researchers, policy makers, private sector, civil society, investors, entrepreneurs, educators, centres of learning (like science museums, innovation hubs), foundations, etc., in selected cities across Europe, giving priority to countries of upcoming EU presidencies, and those cities adhering to the Milan Urban Food Pact, while ensuring an appropriate multilingual coverage]], and when appropriate, youth and children. Furthermore it will facilitate dialogue and co-creation between Member State funding and programming authorities (ex: SCAR and JPI, etc.) for improved policy alignment and leveraging of funds. This action will also provide evidence and strategic intelligence on trends in food systems and food systems research in Europe (region and country level), and globally. It will design hands-on future-oriented training[[Integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)]] (primary and secondary school and university levels) on food systems science and innovation, produce any other relevant training, communication and dissemination material adapted to different stakeholders and assess and showcase key findings, good practices, networks, case studies, EU projects and demonstrations in food systems R&I. It should take into account the output of envisaged EC funded expert support for the implementation of FOOD 2030.

This CSA will have the duration of three years and will be implemented as a Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) action plan fostering the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 4 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Food and Nutrition Security is a growing challenge characterized by urgency and complexity due to the compounded effects of population growth, urbanization, migration, resource scarcity and climate change affecting the food systems in Europe and beyond. Research and Innovation (R&I) is key to finding solutions to sustainably feeding the planet in a changing world.

FOOD 2030 is a new policy framework to better structure, connect and scale-up Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security, in Europe, and with global outreach. It is based on a vision of resilient food systems providing sustainable, accessible, healthy food and diets for all. The initiative seeks to convene relevant European Commission services and Member States authorities[[Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR) and relevant Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), etc.]] for R&I policy and programme alignment, leveraging of funds for structural improvements to European R&I systems underpinning food and nutrition security. FOOD 2030 provides a policy narrative advocating a ""whole food chain"" approach to R&I connecting land & sea, 'farm-to-fork-to-gut-and back', producer-to-consumer, engaging a wide diversity of actors. It aims to boost public and private investment in R&I and foster 'digital' and open innovation and open science, education, skills and capacities.

The overarching objective of FOOD 2030 is to underpin the transformation of food systems in Europe so as to make them 'future-proof': sustainable, resilient, performant, inclusive, diverse, and competitive. Food systems in this context include entire 'value chains' - from inputs[[Inputs cover ecosystem services including land, soil, water, and biodiversity.]], to primary production (agriculture, aquaculture & fisheries), harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, distribution, waste streams, to consumer intake – and back. Food systems go beyond the production of sufficient food for all, and must also respond to the need to provide safe, high quality and nutritious food for healthy and sustainable diets. FOOD 2030 will provide a R&I contribution to a set of food and nutrition security priorities[[Provisional articulation of priorities.]]:

  • Reducing hunger, malnutrition and diet-related illnesses, ensuring food safety and helping citizens adopt sustainable diets and healthy lives
  • Building a climate and global change-resilient primary production system
  • Implementing sustainability and circular economy principles across the whole food system
  • Boosting innovation and investment, while empowering communities

to contribute to the further development and implementation of the European Commission's FOOD 2030 initiative and ensuing action plan to connect, structure and scale-up research and innovation for food and nutrition security in Europe, but in a global context. The CSA will serve to mobilise a wide diversity of actors and experts to:

  • raise awareness and help increase the outreach and impacts of European R&I outcomes and initiatives in the field of Food and Nutrition Security.
  • contribute to strengthen R&I policy coherence and programme alignment.