Particularly affected supply chains as a starting point
The foundations for these visions and ways of implementing them will be provided by a new assessment model which, once completed, can reveal the sustainability of every component of the food system in Switzerland. In addition, concrete options for action are expected to emerge from the detailed study of two agricultural supply chains that have a high impact both in the producing regions and in Switzerland: cocoa from Ecuador and oil/nut crops from Spain.
Recommendations for the governance of Swiss agricultural and food systems
The main goal of the project is to provide policy recommendations for the future governance of the Swiss agricultural and food system, based on robust research. Thanks to the participatory and democratic approach chosen, the researchers hope to present relevant and broadly supported resources (ranging from decision-support tools to guidelines and policy briefs) to help advance Switzerland’s progress towards the 2030 Agenda.
Food systems have a key role to play in this respect: they either reinforce or hinder numerous other sustainability goals, such as achieving climate targets, managing global supply chains, greening agriculture, or combating food waste.
Learning together and creating transformation knowledge
The project is inter- and transdisciplinary and includes five closely linked modules:
- Agroecosystem valuation
- Multi-criteria sustainability assessment
- Integrated food system modelling
- Supply chain scenario development
- Research synthesis and project coordination