Cities are growing, the unstable climate is threatening food production, and the challenge of providing enough healthy food for the population of 2050 is looming on the horizon. These are issues that are facing urban areas across the globe, with no standard solution. After all, we are dealing with processes of change that often take more than 20 years. However, there is a standard approach that can be used to cultivate a widely supported vision of the future in our region: the Transition Support System approach.
What makes the TSS approach so effective is the active role and expertise of you and other stakeholders, combined with our decision support methods and techniques. This approach assists you and other stakeholders in making broadly supported decisions in the areas of policy and strategy for shaping a shared vision for future. The knowledge, data, and information you and your stakeholders contribute is indispensable in this process.
The advantage of the TSS approach is that policy and strategy are adopted and adapted in close collaboration with stakeholders, with the support of in-depth analyses, such as spatial insights into land use and statistical materials for specific sectors or population groups. This lays the foundation for developments and effects regarding prospective actions. Extreme examples of prospective actions can be discussed and developed in further detail. During this process, the composition of the group of stakeholders can be adjusted in line with the prospective actions.
The 5 steps of the Transition Support System approach
The Transition Support System approach will enable Wageningen Economic Research to guide regions towards sustainable, reliable, and high-quality food systems.