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Understanding food value chains and network dynamics

Project description

A new sustainable food value chain is on the menu

Complex food value chains present a significant challenge. In recognition of the intricate and diverse nature of food value chains, the EU-funded VALUMICS project aims to equip decision-makers throughout European food value chains with a comprehensive suite of tools and approaches, enhancing their ability to evaluate strategic and operational policies. With a consortium of 19 European partners from 14 countries and two Asian partners, VALUMICS aims to bolster the resilience, integrity and sustainability of these crucial chains. By going beyond current research boundaries, VALUMICS introduces novel modelling approaches, consumer research and foresight analysis. This groundbreaking project provides policymakers with new perspectives, bridging economic, environmental and social dimensions to secure a sustainable and nutritious future for Europe.


The overall objective of the VALUMICS project is to provide decision makers throughout food value chains with a comprehensive suite of approaches and tools that will enable them to evaluate the impact of strategic and operational policies, and enhance the resilience, integrity and sustainability of food value chains for European countries. The consortium driving this proposal has a core of 19 European partners from 14 countries, and two Asian partners. 
Given the complexity and diversity of food value chains, and the contexts within which they operate, the VALUMICS project offers a comprehensive and multi-dimensional scope that will go beyond the current state of art to provide new approaches and tools for stakeholders on several fronts. This includes new modelling approaches, consumer research, foresight analysis and synthesis into policy options, adding new perspectives for policy makers, both in government and within the food industry sector. The dynamics within the food systems will be modelled using a causal loop analysis framework, covering the interconnected value, supply, and decision chains. The causality dynamics framework for the VALUMICS project methodological approach will be implemented as a key driver of the project work through workshops involving stakeholders. The causal loop framework will be built with involvement of all participants in the project in order to construct a shared vision of the overall system.
VALUMICS will challenge and go beyond previous research limitations and boundaries through a highly cross-functional project design that will provide a bridging analysis across the economic, environmental and social dimensions previously kept separate. This whole chain analysis perspective will deliver comparative assessments at the European level and beyond. The case studies will cover short supply chains, with local and national analysis, as well as reaching global food chains relevant for sustainable food and nutrition security in Europe.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 163 210,55
101 Reykjavik

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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 163 210,55

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