3006, 2018

Strength2Food visits Copenhagen to talk about short food supply chains

The third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) was held in Copenhagen in June 27–30 2018. The SCORAI initiative is a global network of researchers aiming for innovative research in the area of sustainable consumption, while also bridging academic research with mainstream thinking and policy making. The conference in Copenhagen gathered about 200 participants from academia, policy makers and the business sector. Two papers on Short Food Supply Chains (SFSC) based on the research in WP7 of the Strenght2Food project were presented in a special session on Alternative Food Networks. The first paper explored the [...]

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

Local Foods Research with Grocery Retailer KONZUM

Strength2Food researchers have been working with grocery retailer KONZUM to trial in store strategies to increase sales of local fruits and vegetables. Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić from Zagreb University presented the results at the 47th Annual European Marketing Academy (EMAC) conference. The Department of Marketing, Strathclyde Business School (Glasgow), hosted this year’s conference, which took place between the 29th May and 1st June. Around 950 participants attended the conference. The Strength2Food research with KONZUM involves Ružica Brečić, Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić and Andrea Lučić (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb), Matthew Gorton (Newcastle University) and Jelena Filipović (University of Belgrade). [...]

1105, 2018

3rd Annual Meeting Rome, Italy

For Strength2Food researchers all roads led to Rome, as Coldiretti hosted the project’s 3rd Annual Meeting on 10-11 May 2018. Prior to the annual meeting, FAO hosted a workshop on the sustainability of Geographical Indications at its headquarters, organised in collaboration with Strength2Food (S2F). The workshop welcomed numerous GI experts and practitioners, FAO delegates, S2F partners and members of the project Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB). S2F researchers presented the project’s methodology for sustainability assessment as well as experiences from seven GI case studies: PDO Phu Quoc Fish Sauce (Vietnam, Viet Hoang), PDO Olive oil (Croatia, Ružica Brecic), PDO Kalocsai [...]

304, 2018

Students to join the Strength2Food project in Serbia

Following the selection of primary schools for the school meal pilot scheme, location has proven it difficult for project partners to regularly keep in touch, given the large number of schools involved in the scheme. However with the help of Professor Dušan Petrić, a colleague from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Novi Sad, a second team of student volunteers will now help with Strength2Food activities in the Novi Sad area. Initially around twenty students responded to Professor Petrić’s request, with twelve students requesting to attend a meeting held at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad on [...]

2803, 2018

EUTA raises Strength2Food’s profile at Zlatibor mountain resort

The Serbian Ministry of Finance is currently drafting a new public-sector procurement law. Colleagues at the Centre for Procurement Management in Belgrade organised a three-day conference workshop, from the 26th to the 28th of March at the mountain resort of Zlatibor in southwest Serbia to present and discuss the latest draft of the new law on public procurement. The new law is planned to enter into force on January 1, 2019 and has not yet reached the stage of public consultation. This conference was therefore expected to provide valuable feedback to some of the experts drafting the new law. The [...]