Although the project must be flexible and responsive, it is structured in a stepwise project design to build the FOOD2030 Platform, including four phases.
Phase 1: Actor identification & mobilisation, visioning and system understanding (months 1-12)
The first phase aims to identify and mobilise relevant actors, unite visions, and increase understanding of barriers and opportunities for transforming the current system.
The project first establishes the EU Think Tank, ‘Policy Labs’ and ‘City Labs’ with training provided on setting up an effective Community of Practice (CoP).
- Simultaneously an actor analysis, will be conducted, identifying the stakeholders that must be involved in the transformation of the food system including the identification of groups that are underrepresented in the existing networks but who can have an essential contribution. The actor analysis will be carried out recurrently in order to ensure that the stakeholder group always includes all those who can voice relevant opinions.
The EU Think Tank, Policy Labs and/or City Labs will also involve the different stakeholders in a process of shared vision development and a process of system understanding; identifying the underlying barriers to the realisation of the vision and enablers that support it. The system analyses are further informed by an inventory of current trends in food systems, food systems research and related research & innovation (R&I) policy frameworks at the three levels. This will reveal: (a) dominances of R&I in specific areas; and (b) areas with a lack of R&I activity.
Phase 2. Developing roadmaps (months 10-16)
In this phase, transformation agendas will be developed by identifying showcases in food systems R&I and exploring potential breakthroughs. Showcases are initiatives that have contributed, or are contributing, to food systems R&I developments. Assessing their characteristics, success factors and contributory conditions will result in criteria for best practices. A potential breakthrough is a significant achievement that may lead towards a step change or radical change of the food system, making it more sustainable and resilient. The identification of critical success factors for these roadmaps will aid in the formulation of actionable transformation agendas.
At City Lab level, phase 2 will lead to the formulation of educational needs for R&I for those who will contribute to transforming the food system. At Policy Lab level, phase 2 will lead to national transformation agendas for food systems R&I, comprising visions, and potential areas for radical change, key areas of action and rules of cooperation. These agendas form input for the EU Think Tank by generating input for supported food systems research programmes that prioritise the R&I themes and approaches required to transform the European food system.
Phase 3: Action planning and training (months 16-36)
In this phase the transformation agendas will be put into practice. Policy labs will organize workshops to bring the regional/national stakeholders together, to work towards alignment of R&I policies and programmes within the framework of the transformation agenda. Each Policy Lab may focus on a different objective, depending on the particular setting. In City Labs, prototypes will be developed of (in)formal trainings for different target groups. The experiences of the Policy Labs and City Labs will be discussed within the EU Think Tank, and used as an input for further strategy development.
Phase 4: Scaling up & continuity (months 26-36)
The project starts with 5 Policy Labs and 7 City Labs across Europe in year 1, and expands to 10 Policy Labs and 14 City Labs throughout the project. The initial 5 Policy Labs, 7 City Labs and the EU Think Tank form the inner circle. The outer circle of ‘followers’ is developed during the later stages of the project. In addition, FIT4FOOD2030 will develop instruments (guidelines and tools) which will be distributed through existing R&I policy collaboration initiatives. Instruments include guidelines on how to identify and mobilize actors, mapping exercises on trends, showcases and breakthroughs, alignment of policies, competences training and raising awareness.