UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN (KU LEUVEN) – BELGIUM
KU Leuven is currently the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure and is a charter member of LERU. KU LEUVEN leads the project management and overall project coordination. Their long-standing tradition of research in the domain of European food policies, policy analysis, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, and education is complemented with experience in project management. They are therefore very much equipped to take on the role of project coordinator of the COCOREADO project.
LAPPEENRANTA-LAHTI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (LUT) – FINLAND
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, briefly LUT University, is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. LUT provides to the project a special emphasis on the transparent and professional end-to-end commercialisation process of search results, analysing how best practices can be commercialised in another context. They also contribute with expertise in Supply Chain and Operations Management, law and organic farming, and also with their connections to agriculture-related organizations at the regional, national, and EU level.
CONSULAI, CONSULTORIA AGROINDUSTRIAL LDA (CONSULAI) – PORTUGAL
CONSULAI is a Portuguese advisory SME, with a focus on the agricultural, agroindustry, and forestry sectors. To achieve the goal of rebalancing the farmers’ position in the food chain, COCOREADO aims to develop novel and fair food systems, inspired by good practices across Europe. CONSULAI has ample expertise in developing collaborative innovation and their objective in the project is to select the innovative initiatives and analyse them for their good practices on mutually beneficial cooperation, integration the needs of primary producers and consumers in a hands-on approach. The analysis will follow a multi-actor approach involving, not only farmers and consumers but the entire value chain.
INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIOLOGY AT BAS (IPS-BAS) – BULGARIA
IPS-BAS has close connections to actors along the food supply chains such as farmers, farmers’, traders’ and consumers’ organisations as well as with advisory services, knowledge brokers, academic and research organisations, policy makers. This makes IPS-BAS the ideal partner for EV ILVO to assist them in designing the multi-actor approach throughout the project.
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN (UCPH) – DENMARK
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. They focus on the development of sustainable public food procurement procedures with particular attention to legal constraints and the development of standards and certificates. UCPH has elaborated knowledge of food production and consumption, the development and use of environmental indicators as well as food chain innovation. Moreover they have hands-on experience in applying public food procurement and capacity building for public kitchen staff in the transition towards a sustainable food system.
BALTIC STUDIES CENTRE (BSC) – LATVIA
Baltic Studies Centre (BSC) is a non-profit research organisation in the field of social sciences and the leading social sciences institute in Latvia in the attraction of EU funding.
BSC leads the COCOREADO ambassador training program, that has a double purpose: train ambassadors and take them on board as full partners in the process of co-creation. The BSC has a tradition of undertaking action-oriented research with a wide variety of stakeholders. This helps to propose solutions that are based on the needs of practitioners which is exactly what we are aiming for with our project approach.
FLANDERS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES RESEARCH (EV ILVO) – BELGIUM
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) is an independent scientific research institute of Flanders Government. Its assignment from the government is to work on the sustainability of agriculture, fisheries and agri-food sector. ILVO’s work is strongly anchored in Flanders and extends from there to Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. In order to guide the multi-actor approach and to streamline the involvement of stakeholders, ILVO is dedicated to facilitate multi-actor learning processes and make participatory methodologies more effective.
JOZEF STEFAN INSTITUTE (JSI) – SLOVENIA
Jozef Stefan Institute, founded in 1949, is a research organisation for basic and applied research in natural sciences and technology. The involved team has experience in the use of advanced techniques of data mining and decision modelling in agronomy, ecology and environmental sciences. They help UCPH selecting 10 innovative initiatives on public procurement and analysing them in-depth with particular attention to legal constraints and the development of standards and certificates. This process will help to develop educational material and decision support tools to replicate the good practices.
EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF YOUNG FARMERS (CEJA) – BELGIUM
CEJA, the European Council of Young Farmers, is the voice of Europe’s next generation of farmers to the European institutions. As they are well suited and adapted to the needs of the end-users COCOREADO aims to reach, they will support the communication and dissemination activities.
MOUVEMENT INTERNATIONAL DE LA JEUNESSE AGRICOLE ET RURALE CATHOLIQUE (MIJARC) – BELGIUM
MIJARC Europe- Mouvement International de la Jeunesse Agricole et Rurale Catholique – Europe is a non-profit, non-governmental youth-led organisation established in 1996 by nine rural youth movements from eight different European countries. MIJARC will support INTIA in selecting and co-creating the 5 initiatives so that they reflect the daily reality of young European farmers.
INSTITUTE FOR AGRI-FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURES OF NAVARRA (INTIA) – SPAIN
The Institute for Agri-food Technology and Infrastructures of Navarra (INTIA) will provide support to the 5 selected initiatives throughout Europe that will be implemented to develop a novel and fair food system. As it is INTIA’s core mission to provide services for the transfer of knowledge and technologies to the regional agri-food system thus supporting its ongoing innovation they are very well positioned to take on this task. INTIA has an advisory section with over 50 advisors reaching out to more than 7.000 producers providing commercially independent and neutral advice around various subjects.
INICIATIVAS INNOVADORAS (INI) – SPAIN
Iniciativas Innovadoras (INI) is a consultancy company specialised in promoting innovation and facilitating cooperation as key factors in the development of organisations. They have a broad experience in leading the dissemination and exploitation work packages in a multitude of EU funded projects. They lead the Communication and Dissemination in COCOREADO’s project. The consortium will exchange and disseminate existing and enriched knowledge to the end-users of the project. With a strong focus on youth, COCOREADO will pay particular attention to the use of social media.
RURAL YOUTH EUROPE (RYEUROPE) – GERMANY
Rural Youth Europe (RYEurope) is an European Non-Governmental Organisation for rural youth that promotes and activates young people in the countryside. They will take the co-lead in the Ambassadors Training Program to ensure that it is adapted to the actual needs of young farmers across Europe.