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Co-constructing interactive short and mid-tier food chains to value agrobiodiversity in healthy plant-based food

Project description

Recognising the benefits of neglected crops

One billion people are suffering from chronic hunger. Neglected and underutilised crops (NUCs) have the potential to reduce food and nutrition insecurity. In this context, the EU funded DIVINFOOD project aims to boost the value of NUCs. Specifically, it will focus on healthy plant-based food, products with a local/regional identity and diverse services and benefits received from agriculture and food. The researchers will study minor cereals and legumes in three geographical regions that face various climatic hazards. They will also explore the diverse socio-economic challenges to developing agrobiodiversity-rich value chains. With consumers, DIVINFOOD will co-develop new interactive marketing modes. Ultimately, the project will pave the way for breeding more performant cultivars of cereals and legumes with local adaptation.

Objective

The overall objective of this multi-actor, participatory project is to facilitate the use and increase the value of Neglected and Underutilised Crops (NUCs) in food chains to foster healthier diets and more sustainable food systems. To achieve this, DIVINFOOD will focus on interactive short and mid-tier value chains that can meet the growing consumer demand for: 1) healthy plant-based food; 2) products with a local/regional identity, and 3) diverse services and benefits received from agriculture and food. DIVINFOOD will study minor cereals and legumes in 3 geographical regions that face various climatic hazards and diverse socio-economic challenges to developing agrobiodiversity-rich value chains. DIVINFOOD will:
- Co-develop, with consumers, new interactive marketing modes and channels valuing biodiversity use and its services/benefits, with the support of participatory guarantee systems and digital tools
- Co-produce new and diversified plant-based healthy and appetising products and recipes from NUCs meeting consumers’ needs, from minimal or mild food processing and formulations better expressing NUCs’ potential
- Benchmark diverse agroecological farming systems and techniques that improve NUCs’ performance, inter-specific biodiversity and the provision of citizen-focused agro-socio-ecosystem services
- Breed more performant cultivars of cereals and legumes with local adaptation, intra-specific biodiversity, biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, and potentiating nutritious and appetising food
- Demonstrate new business models that diversify income and activities for farmers and small-scale processors who are using agrobiodiversity
- Co-design pilot multi-actor territorial networks/social cooperatives in charge of managing, propagating and promoting NUCs. Design policy recommendations to promote their replication
- Disseminate the results to relevant stakeholders to optimise their exploitation

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2020-2

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Net EU contribution
€ 883 024,75
Address
147 RUE DE L'UNIVERSITE
75007 Paris
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Total cost
€ 967 906,00

Participants (27)