About Biosfere2018-02-05T17:30:34+00:00


Our key points of interest are the European food system – Resilience, sustainability and vulnerability – Agriculture – Food policies and Transition towards a more sustainable economy.

SFERE is a research team that deals with the sustainability of the food chain. We aim to obtain insights into global food demand and food production, including challenges and opportunities within the food system. We thereby focus on the vulnerability and resilience of European food systems in the context of socio-economic, behavioural, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change. We also study practices and policies that support the sustainability of primary producers taking into account complex policy requirements, market imperfections and globalization.

Our point of departure is Europe and Flanders, although we recognize the need to look beyond European borders when analysing food chains.
Interaction and communication with other researchers as well as with stakeholders outside the academic world is inherent to our research approach.


Voorlopige resultaten SUFISA

By |November 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

In september werd het tweede tussentijdse rapport van de SUFISA case studie van fruitteelt gepubliceerd. Het rapport kan je hier downloaden. Van het rapport is ook een Nederlandstalige samenvatting beschikbaar. Het rapport bundelt de resultaten van de eerste fase van het SUFISA project, waarin gesteund wordt op kwalitatieve methoden. In een tweede fase zullen met behulp van een enquête (link) de resultaten verfijnd worden met kwantitatieve gegevens. Het SUFISA project, dat gefinancierd wordt door de Europese Commissie, bundelt 22 onderzoekstrajecten op landbouwsectoren uit elf Europese landen. Als EU-breed project kan SUFISA meerwaarde bieden door bijvoorbeeld inzichten over de Poolse appelsector en [...]

Vietnam – day 2

By |November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Day 2 of the Vietnam visit In the morning, our visitors were accompanied by Natalia and visited BoerEnCompagnie. Tom Troonbeeckx, one of the farmers and also the ‘founding father’ of CSA in Flanders was our guide. For lunchtime, we were welcomed at Rikolto. Marie and Tessa joined the group. Jan Wyckaert, director at Rikolto, gave a first introduction to Rikolto. After this, a delicious meal was served. Jelle presented the global work of Rikolto, going into depth on what this means for the Belgian Rikolto team. Making sustainable food the mainstream.. that’s the goal of Rikolto in Belgium. [...]

Visiting Vietnam group

By |November 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Group of Vietnamese experts visiting Leuven During 4 days, the SFERE team will guide a group of 11 Vietnamese experts around through short supply food chain initiatives in Leuven and Brussels. It is a very diverse program, with a good mix of field visits and presentations. Visit program Visit Steunpunt Hoeveproducten - guided by Bart Thoelen (KVLV agra) Our very first stop of the program was KVLV agra, with headquarters in Wijgmaal. Bart Thoelen gave a very clear overview of short [...]

Plattelandsacademie – 11 oktober 2017

By |August 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Biosfere contributes to Plattelandsacademie Researchers of Biosfere will contribute to Plattelandsacademie conference, which takes place 11 October 2017 in Leuven. Tessa Avermaete and Tjitske Anna Zwart will explain how their insights from TRANSMANGO and Voedsel voor de Toekomst can be integrated in education. This conference is in Dutch and targets teachers in primary and secondary school, farmers and policy makers. For more information and registration, visit the webpage of Plattelandsacademie  

Registration for conferences

By |August 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Conference registration has now started The SFERE team has two upcoming conference to announce. You can now register for the conference on good food governance, which takes place on the 21st of September in Leuven and is a joint initiative from Leuven University and Cardiff University. Further, the TRANSMANGO consortium organizes its final conference on the 28th and 29th of November, in Leuven