TRANSMANGO  aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of the global drivers of change on European and global food demand and on raw material production. The research focuses on the vulnerability and resilience of European food systems in a context of socio-economic, behavioral, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change and aims to enhance understanding of the new challenges and opportunities that the food sector will face in the future.


SUFISA aims to identify practices and policies that support the sustainability of primary producers in a context of complex policy requirements, market imperfections and globalization. Knowledge on market conditions and other driving forces exists, but in a fragmented way: relevant producer groups and regions have not yet been analyzed or framework conditions and driving forces have changed in the mean time. Moreover, little information is available on cross-linkages between various drivers  and future opportunities and threats will need to be integrated for an encompassing analysis.


Food4Sustainability is a belgian research project financed by BELSPO. Three universities (ULB, KULeuven and UCLouvain) are working on the governance of collective actions in sustainable agro-food systems from 2014 to 2018.


SUSPLACE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission that explores the full potential of place-shaping practices for sustainable development. SUSPLACE brings together six academic and seven non-academic partners from seven European countries and is coordinated by the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University.


Tegen 2050 zullen we met 9 miljard mensen op de aarde zijn, waarvan 70 % in de steden zal leven. Wetenschappers verwachten dat er tot 70% meer voedsel zal moeten geproduceerd worden om die groeiende wereldbevolking te kunnen voeden. Tegelijk merken we dat het dieet verandert doordat de middenklasse steeds groeit. Deze dieetverandering zal een grotere vraag naar enerzijds eiwitten en anderzijds gezonde voeding tot gevolg hebben.
Deze uitdagingen vragen om verregaand innovatief denken en handelen. De provincie Vlaams-Brabant, de KULeuven, Colruyt Group en Vredeseilanden slaan de handen in elkaar om samen met diverse actoren duurzame voedselketens op te bouwen.
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Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm)”. Concerns exist about the viability of EU farming systems. In this four-year project we aim to design concrete pathways to improve the resilience of farming systems. The project addresses determinants of resilience, potential improvements of risk management strategies, drivers of farm demographics, and strengths and weaknesses of the existing policy framework. Expected impacts are assessed with regard to the delivery of private and public goods. SURE-Farm is led by Wageningen University & Research. In total, the consortium includes 16 partners (13 countries) and has a strong transdisciplinary approach with active roles for e.g. upstream and downstream value chain actors and insurance companies.


Sustaining a cohort of new entrants is crucial to the ongoing vitality, resilience and competitiveness of the agricultural sector
and rural regions in Europe. New entrants bring with them innovation and entrepreneurialism, as well as practical skills and
networks developed on farms and through off-farm employment.

NEWBIE will focus particularly on enabling innovative business
models developed by new entrants to be integrated into academic research and educational curricula, and broadly
disseminated to new entrants across Europe.