Published January 22, 2024 | Version v1
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FEAST - Report on Living Labs kick-off

  • 1. ROR icon University of Graz
  • 2. ICLEI European Secretariat
  • 3. ROR icon National Centre of Scientific Research "Demokritos"


To further the development of food democracy on multiple levels across Europe while also improving food sovereignty, FEAST (Food systems that support transitions to hEalthy And Sustainable dieTs) was launched in July 2022. The 5-year project is run by a consortium consisting of 35 partners across 15 European countries and is funded under the program HORIZON-CL6-2021-FARM2FORK-01-15. FEAST aims to explore new forms of governance through processes of social-ecological transformation in various institutional settings. In doing so, FEAST is laying emphasis on vulnerable groups and all those that remain unheard or do not have sufficient leverage to shape food systems. 

One crucial element of FEAST are participatory forms of co-creating solutions that are called Living Labs (LL). In a LL, actors affected by a problem, and those that are needed to help design or implement a solution, come together to jointly develop possible solutions. In FEAST, our LL and co-designed solutions will focus on supporting vulnerable people with food security related issues taking into account six dimensions of food security. These solutions will be implemented within FEAST from 2024-2026 and their impacts will be measured. In this way, promising solutions can be replicated further by replicator cities within FEAST and other actors beyond the project. FEAST LLs include municipalities directly representing approximately 3.35 million individuals across different European contexts and varied food system actors through our small city and rural partners as well as an additional 14 million individuals through our associated large city LLs. Each LL is dedicated to a unique vision.

This report describes how FEAST LLs assess local situations regarding challenges related to vulnerable target groups they have identified, features of the relevant food system mapped through SWOT-analyses, and respective kick-off events that brought together those actors that are necessary to co-design and implement solutions including the voices of those affected by the local burning issue related to food security.

LLs have been developing differently according to the availability of information on challenges and possible solutions, the interest and engagement of relevant stakeholders, and the specific barriers for food system transformation that their sites are facing. Additionally, the network LLs can build upon, such as the existence of a food policy council or active civil society groups, has turned out to be a crucial advantage for kicking off LLs´ work.


Other funding acknowledgements: Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 22.00156.


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