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H2020 CE-SFS-24-2019 - Innovative and attractive French urban agglomeration is searching partners notably interested in the field of sustainable alimentary supply for setting up novel urban food-chains

Country of Origin: France
Reference Number: RDFR20180307001
Publication Date: 8 March 2018

Summary

An innovative and attractive French urban agglomeration has been setting up a consortium to be completed by a coordinator and other partners to answer H2020 CE-SFS-24-2019 call. 
The institution is searching municipalities or equal structures being experienced and applying novel practices in the domain of sustainable food-chains and food-systems. 
The scope of the project is to set-up an universally implementable model of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable food-system for cities.

Description

The rural exodus and the density of businesses and technologies in cities are reasons for the tremendous growth of the latter in the last decades. The number of people living in European cities does not cease rising. 
One of the main challenges for the next years will be to find sustainable and inclusive solutions for providing the cities' inhabitants with affordable, safe and nutritious food. Cities shall be considered as "food-hubs" assuring the receipt, the dispatching and the distribution of high-quality and traceable alimentary products to their inhabitants.
The French urban agglomeration which is located in the south-west of France is already experienced in finding novel solutions and setting-up innovative schemes and models for furnishing sufficient quantities of food to the citizens on a local scale.
In 2014 the agglomeration received the appellation “food governance” pilot city at national level. In this framework it led a diagnosis (a SWOT) on the food system of the territory and mapped the actors involved in this policy.
In 2017, in May, the City Council voted the deliberation for the creation of a Food Policy Council which is composed of 5 groups of actors:
1. Public actors
2. Food and agricultural production
3. Food processing
4. Food distribution
5. Actors involved in campaigns' awareness, defending interest and changing the practices of eaters

In response to the Horizon 2020 call CE-SFS-24-2019 "Innovative and citizen-driven food system approaches in cities", the urban agglomeration has been setting up a consortium (regional and European operators) and is looking for a coordinator and other partners for its completion in order to construct altogether a sustainable, inclusive, innovative model for an urban food system.
The consortium in construction will be composed of SME and other private structures as well as of public structures (R&D centres or institutional organisms).
The common solution, which shall be the project's outcome, shall be universally implementable. That is why the project shall be notably based on the exchange of good practices, the experimentation of existing research and its devolution to other systems and the inclusion of the citizens for detecting global urban food-management approaches.

Therefor the urban agglomeration is able to mobilise the precedent actors in order to have a various and rich background serving as a base and test-ground for the project.

The agglomeration is looking for partners (cities, inter-municipal institutions, administrations, private companies, associations, etc.) that are willing to tackle the challenge of constructing a citizen-driven and innovative model of food systems in an urban environment. To realise this challenge the partners shall be capable to assure the approaches':
- coordination
- prototyping
- large-scale testing
- demonstration & piloting in a peri-urban and urban environment
- experimental production
The partners sought shall be experienced in the management of urban affairs (recycling, food provision, etc.) and shall also be capable to contribute to the consortium by integrating their best practices and habits, such as already existing food-chains, digital and smart solutions, information actions, cooperation concepts with local partners, etc.
The call's deadline is the 23rd January 2019. The institution is expecting partner offers until 30th September 2018. The project's activities are planned for approximately three years.

Advantages and Innovations

The project's outcome shall be a model of a sustainable, inclusive, innovative, citizen-driven and viable food system which can easily find a replication and application in other cities. Furthermore the project is ought to create profound links between the participant parties.

Requested partner

The institution is looking for innovative, curious and trustful partners (cities, inter-municipal institutions, administrations, private companies, associations, etc.) that are willing to tackle the challenge of constructing a citizen-driven and novel solution for sustainable and inclusive food systems in an urban environment. To realise this challenge the partners shall be capable to assure the approaches':
- coordination
- prototyping
- large-scale testing
- demonstration & piloting in a peri-urban and urban environment
- experimental production
The partners sought shall be experienced in the management of urban affairs (recycling, food provision, etc.) and shall also be capable to contribute to the consortium by integrating their best practices and habits, such as already existing food-chains, digital and smart solutions, information actions, cooperation concepts with local partners, etc.

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