agroBRIDGES is an EU-funded project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, focused on building bridges between consumers and producers by supporting short food supply chains (SFSCs) through the development of a systemic, holistic, multi-actor approach-based toolbox.
The agroBRIDGES toolbox will gather a combination of communication materials, training programmes, events, and Information Technology (IT) tools, positioning itself as the ultimate instrument that will provide practical support to producers, consumers, and distributors, improving farmers position in the value chain. To this end, the project will mobilise local farmers through SFSCs, focussing on decreasing intermediaries and their margin.
The agroBRIDGES project proposes the development of an agri-food multi-actor framework and a set of practical support tools to improve local producers’ market positioning and decrease intermediaries’ margin. Full EU roll-out, replication and training will be conducted, supported by a strong dissemination campaign and coordination with other EU projects and initiatives, through a clustering plan.
The main expected impact in the short term will be 150 stakeholders trained on topics related to food procurement, mobilisation of innovative agri-food supply chains, and support of local producers. Meanwhile in the medium-, long-term, it is expected a 5-8% increase of farms involved in direct sales to consumers and a rise in farmers’ income thanks to the developed new SFSCs models.
Led by Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL, the agroBRIDGES consortium is formed by Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA), the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark, FruitVegetablesEUROPE, Impact Hub Madrid, Munster Technological University (former ITT), Rezos Brands, Sustainable Innovations, Sabri Ulker Foundation, Unimos Foundation, Vegepolys Valley, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, and Wageningen University.
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