Foodlinks develops and experiments with new integrative modalities of linking research to policy-making in the field of sustainable food consumption and production, thereby contributing to the establishment of new policy-relevant communities of researchers, policy makers & CSOs and enhancing the use of research insights in policies to promote sustainable food systems.
Foodlinks is a collaborative project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission with the purpose of evaluating knowledge brokerage activities to promote sustainable food consumption and production: linking scientists, policymakers and civil society organizations.
The project is being carried out by a consortium of 14 partners (universities, regional and local governments and civil society organizations) from 9 European countries.
The issue central to the Foodlinks project is sustainable food production and consumption and is one for which there is a significant body of research. The aim of this project is to exploit the existing food research reservoir in novel and innovative ways in cooperation with researchers, policy makers and civil society organisations.
The Foodlinks project aims at developing and experimenting with new ways of linking research to policy-making in the field of sustainable food consumption and production. The project partners will leverage new technologies such as social media to balance the constraints imposed by geographic, cultural and hierarchical barriers.
The core methodology involves collective learning among these groups and therefore requires a shared learning agenda with frequent opportunities to participate in conversation - virtual or otherwise - that will eventually reach out to an extended community, multiplying the knowledge pool further.
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