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Scenario analysis report with policy recommendations: An assessment of sustainability, resilience, efficiency and fairness and effective chain relationships in VALUMICS case studies

  • 1. University of Iceland (UoI) IS
  • 2. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) FR
  • 3. University of Hertfordshire (UH) UK
  • 4. SINTEF Ocean (SINTEF) NO
  • 5. Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) DE
  • 6. Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) DE
  • 7. University College Dublin (NUID UCD) IE
  • 8. MarkMar, IS
  • 9. University of Bologna (UNIBO) IT
  • 10. Czech University of Agriculture Prague (CZU) CZ
  • 11. Attractiveness Research Territory (ART-ER) IT
  • 12. University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW) UK
  • 13. Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) FI
  • 14. University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) VN

Description

The functioning of food value chains entails a complex organisation from farm to fork which is characterised by various governance forms and externalities which have shaped the overall food system. VALUMICS food value chain case studies: wheat to bread, dairy cows to milk, beef cattle to steak, farmed salmon to fillets and tomato to processed tomato were selected to enable explorative and empirical analysis to better understand the functioning of the food system and, to identify the main challenges that need to be addressed to improve sustainability, integrity, resilience, and fairness of European food chains. The VALUMICS system analysis was executed through four operational phases starting with Groundwork & analysis including mapping specific attributes and impacts of food value chains and their externalities. This was followed by Case study baseline analysis, which provided input to the third phase on Modelling and exploration of future scenarios and finally Policy and synthesis of the overall work.

This report is an overall synthesis of the VALUMICS results as follows:

• Key findings from the VALUMICS project on the functioning of European food value chains and their impacts on more sustainable, resilient, fairer, and transparent food system are summarised through a compilation of 25 Research Findings and Policy Briefs.

• By highlighting the major contributions from the research activities throughout the four phases of the VALUMICS project, this report delivers an assessment of various factors influencing sustainability, resilience, efficiency and fairness and effective chain relationships of different food value chains, and their determinants.

• The synthesis of the outcome allows the identification of opportunities and challenges characterising the functioning of food supply chains, and thus, the prospects and potentials for strengthening the EU food sector.

Notes

Citation: Olafsdottir, G., Bogason, S., Aubert, P.M., Barling, D., Thakur, M., Duric, I., Nicolau, M., McGarraghy, S., Sigurdardottir; H., Samoggia, A., Holden N.M., Čechura, L., Jaghdani, T.J., Svanidze, M., Esposito., G., Monticone, F., Fedato, C., Xhelili, A., Huber, E., Hargaden, V., Saviolidis, N M., Gorton, M., Hubbard, C., Kahiluoto, H., Hoang, V.(2021). Scenario analysis report with policy recommendations: An assessment of sustainability, resilience, efficiency and fairness and effective chain relationships in VALUMICS case studies. The VALUMICS project funded by EU Horizon 2020 G.A. No 727243. Deliverable: D8.4, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 130 pages DOI:10.5281/zenodo.6534011

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Funding

VALUMICS – Understanding food value chains and network dynamics 727243
European Commission