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Tomatoes, eggs, cereals, meat. Food processing workshop in Nantes. © Christophe Rocle

Towards sustainable food production: the SUSFOOD ERA-Net

SUSFOOD ERA-NET: Strategic Research Agenda

The SUSFOOD Strategic Research Agenda was published in February 2014.

Updated on 03/21/2014
Published on 03/13/2014

An electronic version of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) can be accessed via the homepage of the SUSFOOD website.

Based on pre-existing foresight studies, the SRA was compiled through close collaboration with SUSFOOD's 25 partners from 16 countries.  It benefited from feedback from two national consultation exercises in the autumns of 2012 and 2013, and the expertise of its External Advisory Group, made up of representatives from 22 stakeholders in the food chain who were asked for their opinions on successive versions of the SRA in terms of their specific challenges.

All partners hope that this SRA - which largely integrates the challenges linked to sustainable food systems - will be a source of inspiration for all the stakeholders, decision-makers and academic and private sector researchers concerned.

The eight priorities of the Strategic Research Agenda

• Coherence of public policies.
• Innovation in food processing technologies.
• The redesign of food processes to enable more efficient resource use and increase product value.
• A multidisciplinary approach to innovation in in food processing and the use of raw materials.
• The harmonisation of measurement methods to enable integrated assessment of the sustainability of food products and consumption patterns.
• Relationships between the different actors and stakeholders in food systems.
• Analysis of consumer choices and behaviours with respect to food.
• The integration of information systems to enable personalised and sustainable food choices.

Portrait de Béatrice Darcy-Vrillon. © INRA, Christophe Maitre

Before and since publication of the SRA

Béatrice Darcy-Vrillon explains the compilation and impacts of the SRA: "INRA and the ANR consulted national stakeholders when preparing this SRA.  Other partners did the same in their countries.  INRA circulated the SRA (and the MKB) to its partners in Allenvi.  All SUSFOOD partners will now be publicising the SRA's priorities so that they can be positioned in the national research landscape and also at a European level in Horizon 2020, thanks to national representatives on programming committees."

INRA's coordinators of this ERA-Net: