The Network of Advisors in Short Food Supply Chains across Europe

Multi-actor collaboration dynamics and capacity building network inside and between AKIS to foster the upscaling of SFSCs across Europe

Short chains empower
producers and consumers

Short food supply chains (SFSC) are a mean for both producers and consumers to gain better positions in the value chain, improving trust, transparency, food quality and safety. The EU-funded EU4Advice project aims to bolster SFSC-related advisory services to chain actors, to help them make their practices more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, connecting SFSC-advisors from the 27 member States in a common network, integrating SFSC-related advisory services, tools and contents into national Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS), and improving AKIS governance.

A network of 4 Living Labs to test innovative governance models, involving advisors, researchers, policy-makers, farmers and consumers.

Effective capacity building of SFSC actors through fluent knowledge transfer.

Boost the role of advisors as catalysers of the knowledge flow from research to practice.

Effective integration of SFSC advisors into national AKIS.

Expected impacts

Better informed decision making processes, societal engagement and innovation to increase sustainability and resilience

More integrated producers, consumers and stakeholders in Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS)

Strengthened science-policy interface at the national and EU levels to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Specific objectives

Objective 1

Identify and characterize SFSC advisors across Europe

Objective 2

Connect SFSC advisors from the 27 MSs in a European network.

Objective 3

Improve the understanding of the main issues and challenges of European AKIS

Objective 4

Integrate SFSC advisors and contents into national AKIS

Objective 5

Interact with relevant national, regional & local policy-makers

Objective 6

Replicate and disseminate innovations on SFSC


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Fruit and Vegetable Market with a Young Fruit Seller by Kessel d.Æ., Jan van – National Gallery of Denmark, Denmark – CC0.