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Topic / Target >KBBE.2012.1.4-06 Short chain delivery of food for urban-peri-urban areas


The rapid urban growth no longer supports the traditional divide between "urban" and "rural". In Europe, a significant share of agricultural activities take place in highly urbanised settings, producing food and public goods (such as recreation, landscape management) and confronted with particular pressures on land resources as well as opportunities. There is a growing trend in the urban population to consume fresh and local products, demand short chain food delivery and to request more transparency on the origin of the products. Citizens are increasingly calling for the creation of a regional urban-focused food system and for support to small farmers in rural peri-urban areas, in order to increase availability and accessibility to food. Moreover, both technological and social innovation in urban peri-urban agriculture can play an important role in mitigating climate change, closing nutrient cycles and prepare effective tools for adaptation and building more resilient urban areas.
In developing countries, there has been a growing recognition of the significance of urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) for poor people's livelihood, contributing to food security and poverty alleviation. However, negative impacts of UPA include the potential over-use of pesticides and human exposure to contaminants and pathogens associated with UPA conflict in use of natural resources, land and water, between agriculture, industry and urban development.
The project will provide technical and institutional insights for sustainable development pathways of peri-urban food supply chains in different EU countries, and, if relevant, also in developing countries. Special attention shall be paid to identifying sustainable solutions for water management and nutrient recycling while keeping the local food supply chains safe for the consumer. For this purpose, innovative concepts in different farming systems (conventional, low-input, organic production) shall be studied.
The role of social innovation and institutional interaction is an important issue to consider in terms of governance processes towards sustainable decision making of land-use in peri-urban areas. The role of the CAP and rural development as an instrument to reach sustainability objectives has also to be assessed for EU countries. Similarly, the relation between peri-urban pressures and the participation of farmers and other stakeholders in rural development measures shall be considered. Technical, economic, and social aspects, including logistical
aspects, of the establishment of short chain delivery in peri-urban areas should be studied with the help of a range of case-studies, and best practices. The involvement of SMEs in the process is essential.


Start date: 20/07/2011
End date: 15/11/2011
Total budget
for this call: 304.570.000
Number of proposals to selectUp to 2 proposals
Requested EU contribution per project: Max.: € 1.5 Million
In general, support for research projects carried out by consortia with, at least, 3 independent legal entities from 3 different Member States or Associated Countries, ranging from € 1,5 to 5 million and aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology, products, demonstration activities or common resources for research. Size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary from field to field and from topic to topic. Projects will also be targeted to special groups such as SMEs and other smaller actors.
(CP - STREP) FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage Small or medium-scale focused research projects

Socio-economic research and support to policies

Providing the tools needed by policy makers and other actors to support the implementation of relevant strategies, policies and legislation and in particular to support the building of the European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) and the needs of rural and coastal development. The Common Fisheries Policy and the new European Maritime Policy will be supported through a whole ecosystem approach for the harvesting and the farming of marine resources. Research for all policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy, will include socio-economic studies and cost-benefit analysis, comparative investigations of different farming systems including multifunctional ones, cost-effective fisheries management systems, the rearing of non-food animals, interactions with forestry and studies to improve rural and coastal livelihoods.
Sustanaible production and management of biological resources from land, forest and aquatic environment

Not available
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology

The objetive of this theme is building a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy by bringing together science, industry and other stakeholders, to exploit new and emerging research opportunities that address social, environmental and economic challenges:
the growing demand for safer, healthier, higher quality food and for sustainable use and production of renewable bio-resources, the increasing risk of epizootic and zoonotic diseases and food related disorders;
threats to the sustainability and security of agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries production;
and the increasing demand for high quality food, taking into account animal welfare and rural and coastal context and response to specific dietary needs of consumers.
Total 2012 € 2011 €
Project Name 2012 € 2011 €Description
Improved Nutrient and Energy Management through Anaerobic Digestion(INEMAD)2.961.624

INEMAD will concentrate on innovative strategies to reconnect livestock and crop production farming systems. New flows of energy and materials within the agricultural sector (or linked to the... INEMAD

Crops and ANimals TOGETHER(CANTOGETHER)2.995.768

Agricultural production faces numerous challenges regarding competitiveness, conserving natural and non-renewable resources (water, soil, air, phosphorus, fossil fuels) and ecosystem services... CANTOGETHER

Banking Rhizosphere Micro-Organisms. European - Russian initiative to set up a network of rhizosphere microbiological resources centres(BRIO)499.690

Soil microbes play key roles in ecosystems and influence ecosystem processes, including nutrient acquisition, nitrogen cycling, carbon cycling, and soil formation. Soil microbes are the majority... BRIO


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