2505, 2020

Farmers’ Market of Campagna Amica open again after the lockdown

After the long-lasting lockdown in Italy, due to the Covid-19 crisis, that limited consumers’ movements and forced the closure of farmers’ market and farmhouses, a new phase started in Italy and more than half of Farmers’ Market (FMs) belonging to Campagna Amica are once again ready to welcome consumers. Safety precautions are in place as well as new initiatives such as home delivery. The reopening means that consumers can once again obtain healthy and fresh agricultural products directly, with business opportunities for producers, and contributions to rural and local economies. During the lockdown, farmers belonging to Campagna Amica never [...]

1205, 2020

Konzum launches local food heroes initiative

Strength2Food partner Konzum has launched a new local food heroes campaign. The initiative called “Best of Croatia”, invites food producers and manufacturers to cooperate with Konzum and become “heroes”. Producers can apply for hero status, and work with Konzum to realise the long-term placement of their products on Konzum shelves to customers throughout Croatia. The scheme is thus designed to support a route to market for small-scale producers and fits with one of Konzum’s strategic priorities – to support Croatian production and domestic producers. The campaign uses some of the appeals and messaging from, and draws on the lessons [...]

2204, 2020

School meal carbon emissions explained

An international team led by Professor Angela Tregear from the University of Edinburgh has been looking at the carbon emissions from average school meals across Europe. They wanted to find out which activities contributed the most emissions and how to reduce the carbon footprint. The team examined case studies of ten primary school meals services across five European countries (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Serbia, and the UK), analysing which foods each service procured, how far the foods travelled, the levels of plate waste, and the waste disposal methods. The research team also looked at how sourcing food from local suppliers impacted [...]

1004, 2020

Can Geographical Indications Reduce Price Volatility? Evidence from Spain

The prices received by farmers are often volatile and how prices change at each stage of the supply chain may not always be symmetrical. A recently published study by Strength2Food partner CREDA and written by Hugo Ferrer-Pérez, Fadi Abdelradi and José M. Gil, looks at whether producers of a Geographical Indication (GI) face less price volatility than if they produced a comparable non-GI product. The authors look at detailed price data over time for the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) product “Cordero de Navarra” (lamb of Navarra), compared against comparable non-PGI lamb market prices. The results indicate that the PGI [...]

2502, 2020

Training course on scientific writing and presentation skills

A one-day training course on scientific writing and presentation skills was held in February 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. In the morning, Professor Quarrie, from EUTA, gave 18 participants (PhD students, post-doctoral researchers to other early career academics), advice on preparing manuscripts based on Strength2Food research for submission to high-impact journals, and how to make an impact with project posters and oral presentations at conferences. The course covered: marketing strategy, different types of research papers, selecting a suitable journal, journal instructions for authors, preparing the abstract, recommendations for Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, data presentation, and how to improve [...]

1601, 2020

Strength2Food shares key findings on EU Food Quality Schemes with European Commission

On January 16th 2020, Strength2Food and AREPO met with Geographical Indications experts from DG-AGRI and the Research Executive Agency (REA). In light of the EU consultation on EU Food Quality Schemes, Strength2food’s key insights and policy recommendations were presented, to support the refinement of EU quality policy and strategies to improve the effectiveness and valuation of Food Quality Schemes, e.g. Geographical Indications (GI) of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), as well as Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG). For more details on the event please visit: