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Hybrid forums: open public dialogues

The Strength2food project is organising hybrid forums to stimulate dialogue amongst all actors (local stakeholders, informants, entrepreneurs and scientific experts and lay people) in the value chain. The forums will take place in seven European countries (France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia and the United Kingdom) and will address specific subjects, on ‘local controversies’. These public discussions will serve both as a methodology, guiding multi-actor research fieldwork to collect data, and as a dynamic mechanism for better communication. They offer a great experience where panelists and public are gathered, not necessary to solve a problem but to discuss and hear to each other, for improving the local community together.

Each country’s hybrid forum will meet at least three times throughout the project and will include the same kinds of actors. The following hybrid forums have been organised:


2011, 2020

Opportunities and challenges for the development of the Polish food market through EU quality schemes

The third Hybrid Forum took place on the 20th of November 2020. The discussion focused on opportunities and challenges for the development of the food market through EU quality schemes (PDO, PGI, TSG) in Poland. The Hybrid Forum also provided the participants with the opportunity to discuss about the outcomes of the research conducted under WP9.3, namely the problems and future impact of the Food Quality Schemes (FQS) system in Poland. Although the entire Hybrid Forum took place online, the event received good attendance and was characterised by fruitful and important discussions. Hybrid Forum 3 in Warsaw – invitation [...]

2810, 2020

How can cooperation in agriculture increase revenues?

The second Strength2Food hybrid forum was organised on the 28th of October 2020. The first part of the meeting took place in Warsaw, whereas the second part – a public debate – was held online. The participants discussed about the crucial role of horizontal cooperation in farming and the importance of sharing experiences to build good relationships at the community, business, and producer-consumer levels. The experts also debated on how to better cooperate in an environment characterised by growing consumer demand and stringent legal and economic requirements in order to maintain profitability of production and competitiveness. Hybrid Forum 2 [...]

909, 2020

Do you buy local? 3rd Hybrid Forum in Káptalantóti, Hungary on local products and local food labelling

The 3rd HF took place in Káptalantóti, a small former-agri village near lake Balaton. The focus was placed on the Balaton-felvidék (“Balaton Highlands”) region, a wine and fruit producing area and a popular gastro-touristic destination where, in the last three decades, the aging population of its small villages has entirely changed to long-weekend tourists from Budapest. This socio-economic change has created opportunities but has also negatively affected the local agro-food activities. The participants of the 3rd HF were representatives of regional stakeholders, local winery owners, hotel and catering operators, food market operators representing small farmers, and consumers living in [...]

309, 2020

Do you buy local? 2nd Hybrid Forum in Szentendre, Hungary on local products and local food labelling

Three Strength2Food hybrid forums were organised in Hungary in three different geographical locations throughout the country (1st HF: Szekszárd - South-Transdanubia; 2nd HF: Szentendre - Dunakanyar (Danube Bend) region, near Budapest; 3rd HF: Káptalantóti - North-Balaton region), in order to get the broadest possible perspective and representation of ideas. The focus was placed on getting to know the current situation of regional product quality trademarks and their application, and learning about the local producer/consumer food supply chain cooperation while promoting local cooperation. The second HF took place in Szentendre and was focused on the Dunakanyar (“Danube Bend”) region, which [...]

1008, 2020

What has been the impact of the Covid crisis on local food systems? The example of the “little market” and the Tuesday market at Hauterives

The third hybrid forum (HF) in France took place in Hauterives on Sunday 30 August 2020. The impact that lockdown had on the local food systems was chosen as the main topic of the discussion. Therefore, new people were contacted and invited to join the group. Unfortunately, health rules and social distancing prevented the second stage of the forum to be opened to the public. The forum consisted of a meal taken together followed by the discussion of the panel members in the company of the invited expert. The group was composed as follows (in bold the new people [...]

1203, 2020

Creating Sustainable and Healthy Food Procurement: What is the Role of Local Foods?

The 3rd and final UK hybrid forum “Creating sustainable and healthy food procurement: what is the role of local foods?” was hosted on 12th March 2020 at Newcastle Civic Centre. This open public dialogue, organised by Newcastle University and Food Nation, was delivered in partnership by Strength2Food and Food Newcastle. It sought to deepen current understanding of food procurement strategies and the role of local food in creating a healthier and sustainable food system in the public and private sector. In total, 18 people attended the discussion, including expert leads from public procurement (NHS Hospital, University and Schools), local [...]

2711, 2019

Food Quality Labels for Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas

On November 27th at the Bagnone high school “IS Pacinotti Belmesseri” (hotel, catering and tourism management school) located in the Lunigiana territory, the third Italian Hybrid Forum was held involving students, teachers and experts in the agricultural and tourism sector within the area of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano reserve (Figure 1). The main focus of the meeting was to highlight the potential of food quality schemes (e.g. organic, PDO/PGI, national park label, etc.) in sustaining local activities and promoting the development of these marginal rural areas. The day was divided in two parts: the [...]

1411, 2019

Hybrid Forum on Organic Food and School Meals in Serbia

EUTA organised its third Strength2Food Hybrid Forum on Thursday, 14th November 2019. This occurred in Novi Sad, in a school participating in the Serbian school meals pilot scheme. The theme was “Opportunities for supplying primary schools in Serbia with organic fruits and vegetables”, and for this Hybrid Forum we succeeded in bringing together all the major actors with a role to play in introducing organic fruits and vegetables into school meals. This included school representatives, organic producers, local and national governments, represented by a Ministry of Agriculture senior adviser, assistant Vojvodina provincial secretary for agriculture, deputy head for agriculture [...]

2510, 2019

How to associate agricultural and associative activity: stakes and obstacles around the “Little market”?

The second French hybrid forum took place on 25 October 2019 in Hauterives. The theme was developed as a follow-up to the first hybrid forum. The aim was to discuss how to associate agricultural and associative activities. Indeed, the implementation of actions towards an associative type of activity in the "Little market" area encounters very concrete obstacles: Agricultural destination of the buildings (and difficulties inherent to another use), Financial sustainability of the necessary investments in view of the scale of the operation. The debate saw the participation of the same group that took part in the first forum (1 [...]

2210, 2019

The Importance of Regional Quality Food Labelling

The first Stength2Food hybrid forum in Hungary was organised by the Hungarian project partner Eco-Sensus Nonprofit on the 22 October 2019 in Szekszárd, a small town 150 km south from Budapest near the Danube, at the premises of the local farmers market. All stakeholder groups of the local food supply chain were invited to the forum, based upon existing relations with Eco-Sensus, which a decade ago developed a regional food quality label as a coloured certification mark, in order to identify and promote local food products in the region. The participants represented all stakeholder groups: local producers (winemaker, meat [...]

2809, 2019

Matching tourism and local food in the Central Apennines

The second Strength2Food hybrid forum took place in Italy on 28 September 2018 as part of the European Researchers’ Night, and it aimed to come up with viable solutions for tackling the challenge of depopulation in the area of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park. The goal was to look at local tourism and agri-food production specifically, as a source of inspiration. A number of experts and panellists opened the even by discussing how the attractiveness of the mountain territory can be enhanced by focusing on two successful examples that match tourism with traditional gastronomy and cycling holidays. The floor [...]

2708, 2019

The “Little Market”: a place of commerce AND citizen initiatives? For whom and with whom?

The first HF 2.0 organized in France took place in the village of Hauterives, in the Drôme department, on the 27th of August 2019. The choice of the theme was co-constructed with the initiator of a market of organic and local producers, called the "Little Market". His wish was to think about the possibility of making it more than just a commercial place by adding an associative and citizen dimension which was not without controversy. Are a commercial activity and a civic activity compatible? What are the links with the local environment (other associations, the municipality, etc.)? And finally, [...]

2904, 2019

A Seafood Conversation and Trainee Takeover – Short Fish Supply Chains and Opportunities for Local Action

On 29th April 2019, Strength2Food hosted the 2nd UK Hybrid Forum in Newcastle upon Tyne. The event was organised by Food Nation and Newcastle University. It consisted of a ‘Fish Supper’ conversation hosted by Harissa Kitchen, a vibrant restaurant and social enterprise in the local community. Participants were offered a three-course meal celebrating lesser-known and underutilised locally caught seafood. The dinner also showcased the cooking skills and experience of young apprentice chefs, as part of the seafood training programme delivered in partnership with the North of Tyne Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The Fish Supper attracted around twenty attendees [...]

2603, 2019

A public dialogue about fish, seafood and culture in Sandefjord, Norway

Strength2Food representatives went back to the Norwegian city of Sandefjord to take part in the third hybrid forum titled ‘A public dialogue about fish, seafood and culture in Sandefjord – FISH: not only to eat, but also to think with’. The first part of the hybrid forum, which was the intern workshop , was opened by Dr. Gunnar Vittersø who addressed fish distribution, production and consumption in the local area (Sandefjord), in relation to Strength2Food results, emphasising the barriers and opportunities for local seafood to be promoted, for example, through a stronger link between consumers and fishermen. After the second [...]

1707, 2018

The tradition and future of the farmers’ market in Płońsk, Poland

Strength2Food held its first Polish hybrid forum on Saturday, 17 July 2018. The meeting took place in Płońsk, a town in Mazovia region, located 70 km from Warsaw. The discussion focused on the tradition and future of the farmers’ market in Płońsk. With more than half a century of tradition, the local farmers’ market takes place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, in an open-space square in the heart of Płońsk. However, there are ongoing discussion on whether the market should be moved to a more convenient and larger space, with better parking facilities. Plus, more investment is necessary [...]

406, 2018

Recap of the recent Hybrid Forum in Belgrade

On June 4th, Strength2Food held its Hybrid Forum (HF) in Belgrade, Serbia in one of the schools taking part in the project’s WP9 school meals pilot scheme. Coordinated with the help of the school’s director Jole Bulatović, the event took place from 15:30 until 20:00, which meant that a few curious children were milling around while setting up for the event. The theme, “Developing regulations for standards on the quality of food in primary schools," was in honour of the project’s Ministry of Education and Science partner. As a working group within the Ministry was finalising its recommendations, this was [...]

106, 2018

Fivizzano-Hybrid Forum: “Agriculture and Food: which recipes help fight against the depopulation of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano”

On June 1st, at the San Giovanni Museum in Fivizzano (MS), during the 17th edition of the "Sapori" event, a "hybrid" forum of experts and non-experts gathered around a table to discuss and suggest solutions to help fight against the depopulation of the area of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano reserve (Figure 1). The day was divided into two parts: the first part being a meeting of experts and panelists (14.30-16.00), the second part (16.00 – 18.00) involving public participation. The panelists where Nino Folegnani (President of the Lunigiana LAG ), Rachele Grassi (Agricultural holding [...]

2711, 2017

Improving the quality of meals in primary schools

Strength2Food held its first hybrid forum in Serbia on Monday, November 27 to discuss how to improve the quality of children’s meals in primary schools. The event was held in Serbia's Petnica Science Centre, an independently-funded organisation providing research opportunities for primary and secondary school children from both Serbia and the rest of Europe. The centre is located 90 km south-west of Belgrade near the town of Valjevo, which meant transport by minibus for many of the partners. Part I consisted of an expert panel, with expertise ranging from school directors, Ministry of Education representatives, as well as experts in [...]

2410, 2017

Can fish be viewed as culture like dancing, art and music in Sandefjord?

The second Norwegian hybrid forum on 24 October 2017 was once again hosted in Sandefjord. Local people were invited to take part in a discussion on fish, this time addressing the idea of fish as culture, in comparison with dance, art and music. Researchers from OsloMet were also present, representing the Strenght2Food project. The experts of the panel addressed the cultural aspect of fish, both as a food product and a source of identity, and the problem of environmental distress caused by plastic and microplastic in the sea. During the second part of the event, the floor was opened [...]

2109, 2017

Fish on the menu, but is it local? Consumer views from the UK 1st hybrid forum, North Shields

Though buying local is a trendy catchphrase as of late, many consumers do not put the term into practice. In the active fishing port of North Shields for example, buying local unfortunately doesn’t play much of a role in the minds of all consumers. In the event organized by Food Nation and Newcastle University “Locally Landed Seafood on the Menu: How do we create a supply chain to achieve this” on 21st September 2017 in North Shields (UK), Anne Liddon shares that consumers either lack the knowledge and confidence about cooking fish or they opt for more familiar varieties like [...]

3108, 2017

Hybrid forum at the EAAE Congress in Parma: Can consumers play a valuable role in the development and sustainability of local food systems?

As part of the Strength2Food (S2F) project a series of hybrid forums will be organized in seven countries to stimulate dialogue amongst all actors in the value chain and to collect data on the sustainability of local food systems. Hybrid forums are open, public discussions on a defined subject where a panel of local stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, authorities and consumers, as well as invited scientific experts exchange experiences and knowledge with the aim of resolving the controversy and designing a better world. To communicate about the S2F project and to test the hydrid forum protocol the Norwegian partner HiOA recently [...]

2308, 2016

How is local fish valued by the people of Sandefjord?

Sandefjord, a coastal city southwest of Oslo, was the perfect spot to host the first hybrid forum, of a series of three, looking at how local fish is valued by the locals. The event took place on 23 August 2016 and was open to the public. Researchers from OsloMet, panellists and experts joined the event, which was divided into two parts: a workshop with experts and a conversation with the public. The workshop started with an introduction to the Strenght2Food project and the hybrid forums, and was followed by experts who laid out the local fishing and fish consumption [...]