Understanding food value chains and network dynamics (VALUMICS)

The overall objective of the VALUMICS project is to provide decision makers throughout food value chains with a comprehensive suite of approaches and tools that will enable them to evaluate the impact of strategic and operational policies, and enhance the resilience, integrity and sustainability of food value chains for European countries. The consortium driving this proposal has a core of 19 European partners from 14 countries, and two Asian partners.
Given the complexity and diversity of food value chains, and the contexts within which they operate, the VALUMICS project offers a comprehensive and multi-dimensional scope that will go beyond the current state of art to provide new approaches and tools for stakeholders on several fronts. This includes new modelling approaches, consumer research, foresight analysis and synthesis into policy options, adding new perspectives for policy makers, both in government and within the food industry sector. The dynamics within the food systems will be modelled using a causal loop analysis framework, covering the interconnected value, supply, and decision chains. The causality dynamics framework for the VALUMICS project methodological approach will be implemented as a key driver of the project work through workshops involving stakeholders. The causal loop framework will be built with involvement of all participants in the project in order to construct a shared vision of the overall system.
VALUMICS will challenge and go beyond previous research limitations and boundaries through a highly cross-functional project design that will provide a bridging analysis across the economic, environmental and social dimensions previously kept separate. This whole chain analysis perspective will deliver comparative assessments at the European level and beyond. The case studies will cover short supply chains, with local and national analysis, as well as reaching global food chains relevant for sustainable food and nutrition security in Europe.

Partner organizations

  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Research Institute, Finland)
  • Newcastle University (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Markmar EHF (Private, Iceland)
  • The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (Research Institute, Germany)
  • SINTEF Ocean (Research Institute, Norway)
  • European Aquaculture Society (EAS) (Other, Belgium)
  • Emilia-Romagna Valorizzazione Economica del territorio (ERVET) (Private, Italy)
  • China Agricultural University (Academic, China)
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) (Academic, Czech Republic)
  • REWE International Dienstleistungsgesellschaft (Private, Austria)
  • University of Bologna (Academic, Italy)
  • ASSIST Software (Private, Romania)
  • University of Hertfordshire (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City (Academic, Vietnam)
  • Fondation de recherche pour le développement durable et les relations internationales (Research Institute, France)
  • Federación Española de Industrias de la Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB) (Other, Spain)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) (Academic, Finland)
  • University College Dublin (Academic, Ireland)
  • University of Iceland (Academic, Iceland)
Start date 01/06/2017
End date 31/05/2020

Published: Thu 31 May 2018.