2901, 2021

Strength2Food Webinar on “The importance of registering Vietnamese Geographical Indication products”

On 29th January 2021, the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) organized a seminar on “The importance of registering Geographical Indication products” to deliver the results of the research project “Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy (Strength2Food)” under the H2020 program supported by the European Commission. The authors assessed the social, environmental and economic sustainability of PDO Phu Quoc Fish Sauce and PGI Buon Ma Thuot Coffee in Vietnam. More than 50 stakeholders, enterprises, policy makers, experts and researchers attended the seminar, whose contents can also be found online on Facebook, the S2F [...]

1901, 2021

Strength2Food at the EU-Canada Geographical Indications webinar series

On 20th and 27th January, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and Food & Beverage Atlantic are organising a series of webinars on Protected Geographical Indications (GIs) and their value-added for producers, exporters and consumers. On this occasion, the major findings of the H2020 Strength2Food project will also be presented by the Strength2Food coordinator Matthew Gorton from Newcastle University Business School. The webinars, which aim at highlighting the many advantages of GIs and promoting this unique – though still little-known – approach among Canadian stakeholders, will bring together both producers and producer associations to provide concrete examples [...]

2611, 2020

Strength2Food at the EC conference “Strengthening geographical indications”

On 26th November, Strength2Food representatives spoke at the online conference “Strengthening geographical indications”, organised and coordinated by the European Commission (DG Agri) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The two-day event brought together Geographical Indications (GIs) experts, producers, EU country officials, and international and civil society associations to discuss on a wide range of issues related to the EU GI systems, from sustainability to the legal challenges of protecting GIs on the internet, from the global dimension of GIs to their enforcement in the EU countries. Strength2Food coordinator Matthew Gorton from Newcastle University Business School, and deputy coordinator [...]

1910, 2020

EAAE Webinar: Improving the functioning of EU agri-food supply chains to the benefit of small-scale producers

Date: November 4, 2020 Time: 16.00-17.30 (GMT+1) Organiser: Liesbeth Dries, WU To register click here* Small-scale farms make up the majority of productive entities in EU agriculture. Likewise, the EU food and drink industry is dominated by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In recent years, concerns have risen about their socio-economic sustainability and market power in the food chain. Several EU policy initiatives have emerged (e.g., food quality schemes and innovation partnerships), to strengthen the position of small-scale producers in the food supply chain, tackle unfair trading practices and better support the marketability of their products. To date, limited [...]

1610, 2020

The strength of a good idea: Strength2Food patience and persistence rewarded with a school now buying organic vegetables

After several years of work with primary schools and organic growers in Serbia, the results of these Strength2Food activities are having a tangible impact. To improve the nutritional quality of school meals and encourage schools to use short food supply chains for their food procurements, EUTA has been working with nearly 30 primary schools. The first of these (OŠ Kralj Petar I, Belgrade) submitted procurement documents for fresh organic vegetables to the procurement web portal in July 2020. EUTA has been able to demonstrate that organic vegetables are a realistic and affordable option for school meals. Despite the relatively [...]

1609, 2020

Are Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) More Environmentally Sustainable than Long Chains?

Improving the eco-efficiency of food systems is one of the major global challenges faced by the modern world. Short food supply chains (SFSCs) are commonly regarded to be less harmful to the environment, among various reasons, due to their organizational distribution and thus the shortened physical distance between primary producers and final consumers. In this paper, we empirically test this hypothesis, by assessing and comparing the environmental impacts of short and long food supply chains. Based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach, we calculate eco-efficiency indicators for nine types of food distribution chains. The analysis is performed on [...]