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Improving quality and safety and reduction of cost in the European organic and 'low input' supply chains'

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506358

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 517 133

  • EU contribution

    € 12 444 697

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

Objective

The proposed INTEGRATED PROJECT (IP) aims to improve QUALITY, ensure SAFETYand REDUCE COST along the organic and "low input" food SUPPLY CHAINS through research, dissemination and training activities. It focuses on increasing VALUE to both CONSUMERS and PRODUCERS and on supporting the development of REALISITC BUSINESS PLANS for all components of the food chain, using a FORK TO FARM approach. The proposed project has 4 MAIN OBJECTIVES: 1. To IDENTIFY CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS, perceptions and actual BUYING BEHAVIOURS towards organic and "low input" foods to enable such farming systems to be developed "in tune" with consumer expectations, using a range of consumer surveys/test marketing methodologies (7% of project effort). 2. To QUANTIFY the IMPACT of current organic and "low input" MANAGEMENT PRACTICES on the nutritional, sensory, microbiological and toxicological QUALITY/SAFETY of foods, using multi-factorial field trials and food analytical & nutritional experiments/surveys (30% of effort). 3. To DEVELOP novel strategies/TECHNOLOGIES which improve the QUALITY, ensure SAFETY and reduce production COST throughout the organic and "low input" food supply chains. This will be achieved by a combination of laboratory and field research, including "FARMER PARTICIPATORY" approaches and will be facilitated through involvement of 10 industry partner (6 SMEs) representing primary production, processing, marketing, services and quality assurance businesses (55% of effort). 4. To IDENTIFY SOCIO-ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY IMPACTS of project innovations and efficiently DISSEMINATE project results and provide TRAINING opportunities to user and stakeholder groups and junior scientists (8% of effort).

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Participants (34)

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU

Switzerland

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF KASSEL

Germany

CAMPDEN AND CHORLEYWOOD FOOD RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

United Kingdom

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

STICHTING FENOMENOLOGISCHE NATUURWETENSCHAP: LOUIS BOLK INSTITUUT

Netherlands

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

WARSAW AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES VIENNA

Austria

UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO

Portugal

TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CRETE

Greece

VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE

Czechia

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Finland

TUBITAK - MARMARA RESEARCH CENTER

Turkey

INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE, UNIVERSITY OF BONN

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF BASEL

Switzerland

INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAT HOHENHEIM

Germany

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

GRANAROLO S.P.A.

Italy

ROGER WHITE

United Kingdom

GUABER S.P.A.

Italy

PROBIOTICAL S.P.A.

Italy

GILCHESTERS ORGANICS

United Kingdom

AGRO ECO CONSULTANCY B.V.

Netherlands

EIDGENOSSISCHES VOLKSWIRTSCHAFTSDEPARTEMENT

Switzerland

GROUPE DE RECHERCHE ET D'ECHANGES TECHNOLOGIQUES

France

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

INSTITUTE FOR VEGETABLE AND ORNAMENTAL CROPS

Germany

ISARA LYON

France

CENTRO COLTURE SPERIMENTALE VALLE D'AOSTA S.R.L.

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506358

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 517 133

  • EU contribution

    € 12 444 697

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom