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Eating (in) the Future

Eating (in) the Future

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Inventing agriculture was one of the biggest leaps in the history of human kind. From providing growing and increasingly complex societies with food, current ​
farming practices also contribute to distribution injustices across the globe today. If we still want to rely on agriculture as the main source for our livelihoods tomorrow, we need to rethink the way we grow our food in the future.

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MOVING (Mountain Valorization through Interconnectedness and Green Growth)

European mountain areas play a central role in the well-being of many highly populated European regions. The big question is how these mountain areas are being impacted by climate change. The EU-funded MOVING project will build capacities and co-develop policy frameworks across Europe. It will establish new or upscaled value chains to boost resilience and sustainability of mountain areas. The first step will be to screen traditional and emerging value chains in all European mountain areas. The next step will involve in-depth assessment of vulnerability and resilience of land use, production systems and value chains in 23 mountain regions. The project will use a virtual research environment to promote online interactions amongst actors and new tools to ensure information is accessible by different audiences.
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OrganicTargets4EU

OrganicTargets4EU supports the Farm-to-Fork Strategy in achieving the targets of at least 25% of the EU's agricultural land under organic farming and a significant increase in organic aquaculture by 2030.   Activities OrganicTargets4EU for reaching these targets and identifies key drivers and lock-ins affecting the development of organic agriculture and aquaculture in 29 countries (EU-27+CH+NO).   Production and Market analysis of the identified scenarios to provide a picture of: · Where increases in organic farmland can be achieved · The socio-economic impacts of these increases at the level of primary production, value chains, and markets · The mechanisms that can drive demand for organic food   Knowledge & Innovation actions to: · Identify opportunities to strengthen organic advisory services · Stimulate the exchange of scientific and practical knowledge · Increase and coordinate R&I investments in the organic sector   Policy work facilitating a multi-actor policy dialogue to: · Assess the feasibility of the organic Farm-to-Fork targets · Supports the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), EU Organic Regulation, Organic Action Plan · Provide short-term policy options (policy framework up to 2027) and policy recommendations in the next policy reform (from 2028 onwards).
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4Growth project - Understanding the Market to Forecast Future Growth

4Growth will showcase the uptake of digital technologies and data through the “4Growth Visualisation Platform” that will combine powerful storytelling with advanced visualisations of the market. This 3-year Horizon Europe project, funded by the European Commission, brings together 13 partners with the aim of understanding where, how and to what extent digital technologies and data are being adopted within the agricultural and forestry sectors. The project started in January 2024 and will end in December 2026. Consortium members: 1 Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands (Coordinator) 2 EVENFLOW, Belgium (Technical Managers) 3 GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON, Greece 4 FOODSCALE HUB GREECE, Greece 5 LE EUROPE LIMITED, Ireland 6 FUTURE IMPACTS, Germany 7 SIMBIOTICA SL, Spain 8 EV ILVO: EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK, Belgium 9 INSTITUTO NAVARRO DE TECNOLOGIAS E INFRAESTRUCTURAS AGROALIMENTRIAS, Spain 10 CENTRE TECHNIQUE INTERPROFESSIONNEL DES FRUITS ET LEGUMES, France 11 TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY, Finland 12 AgriFood Lithuania DIH, Lithuania 13 ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS, Greece
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Harvesting change: Harnessing emerging technologies and innovations for agrifood system transformation

FAO’s Office of Innovation worked with partners on an FAO Chief Scientist initiative on Foresight on emerging agrifood technologies and innovations, aligned with the UN 2.0 process and the FOFA 2022: engaging all key actors of agricultural innovation systems in the foresight on emerging technologies and innovations to better prepare for alternative futures, feeding it into anticipatory action, and convening the global community for constructive dialogue and knowledge exchange. The aim was to support policymakers, investors and innovation actors in their approaches and decision-making.   The study assesses a selection of technologies and innovations, which potentially could be of paramount importance in addressing agrifood challenges until 2050, as well as the most important trends and drivers that will influence the emergence of agrifood technologies and innovations and their triggers of change, including some regional aspects. The goal is also to build plausible future scenarios for the evolvement of the emerging technologies and innovations in the future with the time horizon of 2050 to inform future-oriented policymaking.   The report is built with inputs from a multistakeholder Delphi survey and online workshops with experts.   Alexandrova-Stefanova, N., Nosarzewski, K., Mroczek, Z.K., Audouin, S., Djamen, P., Kolos, N. & Wan, J. 2023. Harvesting change: Harnessing emerging technologies and innovations for agrifood system transformation – Global foresight synthesis report. Rome. FAO and Cirad.
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Long-Term Implications of the Digital Transition for Farmers and Rural Communities

Project   Successfully managing the green and digital transitions is a crucial factor that could increase the resilience and strategic autonomy of the EU and shape its future. Yet the digitalisation of agriculture and rural areas raises vital questions about winners and losers, costs, benefits, and long-term implications.   The foresight project coordinated by EU Policy Lab together with the European Commission’s Department for Agriculture and Rural Development aimed to explore the interplay between digital transition, policies and the resilience of the agricultural sector and rural areas, against the backdrop of potential disruptive and transformative changes.   The digital transition will occur in a rapidly changing world faced with climate change, environmental degradation, geopolitical instability, shifting supply networks, and evolving consumer demand. This study's foresight scenarios suggest that digitalisation can catalyse transformation, aiding in coping with shocks, knowledge acquisition, community building, and system-related thinking. But at the same time, it can also reinforce inequalities and introduce rigidities. Therefore, digitalisation support should aim to create sustainable food systems and robust, connected, and prosperous rural areas and communities.   A sound digital transition strategy should promote agricultural and rural resilience, green transition, digital citizenship for farmers and communities, and overall well-being. Digitalisation should uphold values like trust, equality, power, sovereignty, and care. Its execution should prioritise collaboration, accessibility, people-centric design, and circularity. Key enablers for a successful digital transition include capacity building for digital skills, fostering a robust digital ecosystem, investing in infrastructure and connectivity, and securing sufficient funding.   Read the blog post to learn more about the project. Science for Policy Report   Based on a participatory foresight process, the Digital transitio: Long-term implications for EU farmers and rural communitis -report presents the outcomes of this exploration, proposing building blocks for an effective EU digital transition strategy for agriculture and rural areas supported by a hands-on policymaker’s toolkit.   Toolkit   The toolkit can help decision makers engage in strategic conversations about the implications of digital transition for farmers and rural communities. The tookit includes questions and activities to inform a digital strategy for agriculture and rural areas. The toolkit can help to: Uncover key issues to reflect on when building a digitalisation vision and strategy. Engage stakeholders to develop or improve the existing digital strategy. Increase your anticipatory capacity and future-proof your digital transition strategy. Learn more and download the toolkit.

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There wouldn't be any cars in cities: only public transports and light transport means as bikes and scooters. With no need for car parking, there will be more spaces transformed in parks and gardens. With no need for large routes, all streets will be more green with trees and plant or vegetables containers. With less pollution, we will be able to eat fruits and aromatic plants grown in our own neighborhood. As teleworking will be the norm for some businesses, we will also be able to work from abroad time to time and this way enjoying longer stays and a slower way of travel. Using train will again be the norm; air plane will be limited to business and urgencies.

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In 2040, the future of the traffic issue in Greece will differ. There will be more parks and gardens in the centre of cities and roads will have been reduced. The traffic will be in electric-powered cars, which will be available for hire so that every citizen can park their car and move with their rental car. The car parks will be located at the entrance to the city centre and will be available free of charge. The journey will be by electric bicycles, scooters and cars, and the money from the rental of electric vehicles will be used to maintain gardens and parks. Shops will operate easily and shop owners will use alternative energy sources for their shops. Citizens will work in decentralised businesses and the city centre will be at the moment of their day’s leisure with poles in gardens, parks, sports activities, public libraries, free chek up health for citizens, but also spaces with speeches on issues of concern to society at both economic, political and social level. The Communication will be an action and plastic packaging will be reduced by 80 %. Citizens will be able to feed themselves from the gardens located in the centre as there are tables and trees that produce fruit for all citizens. There will be no homeless fellow citizens because there will be shelters for them and will meet their needs in return for working in and maintaining them in the best way. This will also be productive and living in good conditions. With regard to technology everywhere, computers and mobile phones will be available so that at any time a citizen can contact abroad and be informed or working in a nature- and human-friendly environment.

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