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


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.


Sustainable Partnership Award

By |December 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

On December 6, 2017, our project 'Wanted: Food for the Future' won the Sustainable Partnerships Award of The Shift (the Belgian sustainability network). The award showcases the best examples of international collaboration between the public sector, companies and non-profit organizations. The project combines the expertise of the Flemish Brabant province, Rikolto (previously known as VECO), Colruyt Group, KU Leuven and the UCLL University of Applied Sciences. Together, we search for solutions to feed the growing world population in a sustainable and healthy way. Young people are centerpiece of these solutions and actively participate in all parts of the project. [...]

SUFISA enquête online

By |December 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

De KU Leuven organiseert in het kader van het Europees project SUFISA een grootschalige enquête bij fruittelers. Met deze enquête wil het onderzoeksteam een beter zicht krijgen op de marktimperfecties en randvoorwaarden die de huidige afzetmogelijkheden voor fruit vormgeven. Deze enquête is de laatste stap in het onderzoek dat werd opgestart in 2015, en als doel heeft na te gaan hoe de economische duurzaamheid van de hardfruitsector verbeterd kan worden, rekening houdend met de steeds grotere diversiteit aan strategieën die door fruittelers ondernomen worden. Met de resultaten van het onderzoek zullen aanbevelingen worden geformuleerd om prijsvorming, contractvoorwaarden en risicobeheersing [...]

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 [...]